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Crosby Soccer’s Push To The Finish

The Crosby Cougars soccer program has had some early success. Now with district winding down the Cougars Head Coach Nathan Helburg and his team are going to need a lot of help to get into the playoffs. They chatted with Texan Live and let us know what they need to accomplish to make a final push and finish the season on a strong note.

The Crosby Cougars soccer program has had some early success. Now with district winding down the Cougars Head Coach Nathan Helburg and his team are going to need a lot of help to get into the playoffs. They chatted with Texan Live and let us know what they need to accomplish to make a final push and finish the season on a strong note.

Crosby competed in two different tournaments this season: The Port Neches and Hampshire Tournaments. In Port Neches the boys went undefeated beating Port Neches, Lufkin, Little Cypress, and Beaumont Ozen. “The competition was good and it was a good tournament for us because we played a few teams we were able to handle, a few teams that were probably better than us, and few teams that were right about our level so it was a good mix, right about what we wanted to get out of the tournament,” Coach Helburg said.

Last season the Cougars finished just short of qualifying for the playoffs at 5th in District 41-4A. This coming off a season in which they had not only qualified for the playoffs, but reached the sectionals after defeating Kingwood Park and Austin.

The Cougars are currently in a fight to make it into playoffs. Galena Park and CE King have all but wrapped up playoff births. With only 3 games remaining in district the boys are going to have to make a strong push to the finish line. Coach Helburg believes it’s realistic to believe they can get there and even thinks it can go beyond that. “Getting that 3rd or 4th place spot is a realistic goal and maybe even winning a playoff game or two,” he admitted. In order to achieve this Coach Helburg says they need to battle through the injuries and keep trying to win games. They lost one of their all-region players to a torn ACL and the captain, all-state player Victor Villafuerte, has been battling an ankle injury. “We’re going to need our defense to step up and play better and we’ve got to find a goal scorer. We’re really struggling to score goals right now,” Coach Helburg said. Villafuerte has seen the youth development first hand and knows the talent is there but the maturity needs to come together from the younger players. “I think we’re going to have that game that spirals us back into something good and I feel like we can still make the playoffs,” Villafuerte said.

The biggest rivalry for Crosby has been Galena Park. “The kids always get pumped up for that game,” Coach Helburg stated. On January 27th the Cougars were down in Galena Park and had a 2-0 lead at the half only to squander the lead and the game falling 3-2. As young as the team is with the talent they have, they can look forward to this rivalry for years to come.

The boys are involved with local churches at Christmas time feeding the homeless. They also take any Friday they can to go to the local elementary schools and read to the kids and help them out with their schoolwork.

Nathan Helburg was greatly influenced by a former high school and club coach Jim Davidson. “He influenced me not only to go into coaching, but to go to college and get an education as well,” Coach Helburg remarked. Larry Elder was another coach that steered him into the direction of coaching. Coach Helburg started his high school career at Del Norte High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico and then finished at Katy Mayde Creek HS.

 

Written by Mark M. Johnson

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