Ask Choctaw boys’ soccer head coach Chris McDaniel or any one of his players to highlight the team’s greatest attribute, and “chemistry” will prove to be the operative word.
“We do a lot of team bonding and we’re always hanging out,” junior forward Shane Nicholson said. “I’d say the team chemistry is better than any other team in the state.”
Chemistry is what spurred the Indians on to a fourth straight district title. It’s what led the Indians to a come-from-behind 2-1 win over defending 3A champion Ponte Vedra in Friday’s Region 1-3A championship. And it’s the guiding force once again as they look to capture the program’s first state title In Melbourne, Fla.
But first things first, the Indians must get past Archbishop McCarthy in tomorrow's 3A State Semifinal at 11 a.m. locally. The Indians are making the program’s ninth Final Four appearance and their third in four years. They are 1-6 in the state semifinal round, their lone win coming in 2011 when their bid for a state title ended in a 3-2 loss to 4A champion Cape Coral.
Boding well for the Indians is they haven’t lost since a 3-2 setback to Gulf Breeze on Dec. 17 and, during the postseason, they’ve outscored opponents 15-2 en route to Final Four.
To watch Choctaw’s 3A State Semifinal matchup at 11 a.m. locally against Archbishop McCarthy, tune in to Bright House Sports Network on channel 47 (1147 HD) or visit http://www.bhsnlive.com/.