Central Arkansas Christian’s Mustang soccer team will hit the ground running now that Spring Break is over.
CAC, which lost to Greenbrier in the opening round of the Class 5A State Tournament last year after winning a state title in 2008, returned to action Tuesday against Vilonia. The Mustangs, who opened the week 2-2, will play at Pulaski Robinson on Thursday, at home against Sylvan Hills on Monday, and at Benton Harmony Grove on Tuesday.
"With the short time that we’ve been able to practice, we have just started to get our soccer touch back and started playing together," coach Fabian Mina said. "They are getting better day to day."
CAC beat Maumelle to start the season, 8-0; then lost a pair of games in the Little Rock Christian tournament, 2-0 to Little Rock Catholic and 4-0 to Searcy. The Mustangs headed into Spring Break with a 4-1 win over Hot Springs Lakeside.
The Mustangs drop to Class 4A this year and will compete in the 2-4A soccer league against Arkadelphia, Arkansas Baptist, Gurdon, Benton Harmony Grove, Malvern, Mena, Pulaski Robinson and Wickes.
"There are good teams in (Class) 4A as well as (Class) 5A," Mina said. "Soccer is one of those sports that is unpredictable, and teams you wouldn’t expect to do well could come through and be a very challenging opponent."
He said he had not scouted any of this week’s opponents, but he does have an idea of the task facing his Mustangs.
"Looking at the scores, we should have some challenging opponents coming up," he said. "I’m looking forward to my team coming together and playing some good games in the next couple of weeks."