Never Stop Improving

Elsik boys soccer is ready to rise to the top again in 2019

Elsik is entering unchartered waters in 2019. Via Vype

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VINCENZO COX VIEWS HIS TEAM JUST LIKE HOW A CAR COMPANY EVALUATES ITS TOP-SELLING MODEL.

The car design is ahead of its time, it's winning multiple national awards and everyone wants it. While all that is going on, in the back of their minds, the company is already working on and improving its next model.

Cox is working on his next model of Alief Elsik boy's soccer.

"You want to be that car of the year," Cox, the head coach of the 2018 Class 6A Boys State Soccer Champions, said. "To do that you have to enjoy what's going on the outside of the car but you still have to make sure that the car is the finished product. So, you have to constantly watch and improve."

Elsik is entering unchartered waters in 2019 – playing as defending state and national champions.

But no one is or wanting to talk about last year.

"What happened last year was last year," Elsik junior Andrei Aguirre said. "Now it's our turn for us to make our own chapter, write our own story."

"This is a new team," Elsik junior Mayno Linares added. "It starts all over again."


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PROBABLE STARTERS

Thurs, Sept. 24 - HOU: Cristian Javier (4-2, 3.33) vs. TEX: Lance Lynn (6-2, 2.53)

Fri, Sept. 25 - HOU: Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.78) vs. TEX: Kyle Cody (1-1, 1.53)

Sat, Sept. 26 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Kyle Gibson (2-6, 5.87)

Sun, Sept. 27 - HOU: TBD vs. TEX: Jordan Lyles (1-5, 7.07)

STORYLINES

Season finale - The Astros will wrap up their regular season with their four game set in Arlington at the new Globe Life Field. Houston's magic number rests at two, as the Angels still have a puncher's chance. With Houston's miserable 8-20 road record, the postseason is anything but clinched.

Where's the offense? - The Astros offense has left a lot to be desired over the last few weeks, scoring more than three runs just twice in their last ten games. The bats really need to get going, especially if the team expects to do anything in the playoffs. George Springer has been the only reliable bat of late, with the performances of Carlos Correa, Yuli Gurriel, Alex Bregman, and, most of all, Jose Altuve, leaving a lot to be desired.

Playoff seeding - If the playoffs started today, the Astros would face off with their division rivals in Oakland. There's an infinite number of possibilities over the next four games, but the Astros can see themselves finish anywhere from the fifth seed to out of the playoffs entirely. Any of Tampa Bay, Minnesota, Oakland, Chicago, New York, and Cleveland could be first round foes depending on how the cards fall.

PREDICTION

Lance Lynn has been one of the better pitchers in the game for a few years now, Kyle Cody is an intriguing young arm with good stuff, and Jordan Lyles and Kyle Gibson gave the Astros fits in Houston just last week. It isn't a recipe for success for Houston. The Astros win 1 of 4, which combined with the Angels and Mariners failing to take care of business, is enough to get Houston into the playoffs.

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