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The Indian Land Warriors are wrapping up regular season play in hopes of making a strong run in the Class AA Upper State playoffs this spring.
Offensively, the Warriors have made a few changes and are still trying to find the right combination that works best.
“We are still developing as an offense,” IL coach Adam Cole said. “The players have done well in breaking down the many different defensive formations they have seen this year. We have really come together as a team offensively. We do not look to one player to score all the goals and we earn every goal as a team.”
Nick Outen, an all-region pick last spring, leads the IL goals with 16 and Nick Retter has 14.
Retter tops the team in assists with nine and Outen has six. Carson McGinn has five and Diego Mora has four.
Mora earned the Gary S. Smith Award last season.
Cole said the Warriors’ defense is led by a solid group of junior and seniors.
“These guys have played together for a long time and they really understand the schemes of the defensive formation we run,” Cole said. “They understand their roles and responsibilities and trust that the man next to them will do his job.
“We have really taken pride in our defense this year and are trying to be among the top in the state for goals scored against.”
Cole said the leaders of the Indian Land High defense are Jonathan Rowe, followed by Hunter Kitchen, Denis Killoran and the versatile Mora.
Rowe, an all-region pick last season, was the 2010 Warriors Defensive MVP.
Trevor Hoxworth has come on strong this spring at keeper.
“Trevor is improving every match and is becoming one of the best keepers in the state,” Cole said. “At 6-4, he is definitely built for the job.
“Trevor still has some work to do, but his confidence is growing which is half the battle with a keeper.”
The Warriors have already captured two titles this season – the Rose City championship (county championship at Lancaster Memorial Stadium) and the Cyclone Cup at Chester High School.
Cole said the Warriors are hoping to capture the region title and earn top seeding for the Upper State tournament and capture the Upstate crown and the state crown.
“Our personal goals are to improve each week and not let the competition outwork us,” Cole said. “We pride ourselves in our conditioning and our work ethic.
“As for the current state rankings, which has us at third in Class AA, I do not care much to look at. I would personally rather be ranked last despite our record and fly under the radar. I prefer to be the underdog. It makes you work harder and earn every win,” Cole said.