Howard Soccer Team Making History Going to Spring Fling

Chattanooga-(WDEF-TV) Four years ago Howard didn’t even have a soccer program.
And now this week, they’ve got a shot at winning a state title.
The Hustlin’ Tigers qualified for Spring Fling, where they’ll face Stratford Tuesday night in the state quarterfinals.

Going to Spring Fling is proving a little painful for Howard coach Curtis Warner, but he’s not complaining.
Said Warner:”Excuse my voice from celebrating this season. My face hurts still from smiling. My chest hurts from just being overjoyed with these kids and where we have come from.”
It was kind of hard for The Hustlin’ Tigers to imagine they could punch their ticket to Murfreesboro.
Said defender Robert Perez:”People have been really doubting us a lot, but I’m really glad. We’re really working as a team showing everybody wrong.”
Said Warner:”You may be considered the bottom, but it’s up to you if you want to get to the top, and that’s what these boys are doing. Like you know what, we want to get there. We want to know what that’s like, and I said if you want it, go get it. That’s most of the time all I say to them. If you want it, go get it. It’s yours for the taking. Nobody is trying to take anything from you. If you want it, you go get it.”
And when you say “go get it” to this team, look out.
Said Warner:”I tell everybody every day I have a team full of Rottweilers on the team. But my thing is, they have such a respect for the game, and what they have accomplished, they’re not going to do anything to tarnish anything with that. It’s a beautiful thing to see with these young men.”
What’s even more beautiful for Coach Warner is the guys learned to pass the ball.
Said right back Kylder Vasquez:”Yeah we are always working on passing. Last year we weren’t that strong on passing, but this year we are growing on it.”
Said Perez:”Middle of the season we started passing. Passing. Listening to our coaches a lot more. Look at us now. We are going to state.”

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