411: Goose Creek Memorial’s Coach William Freeman


HOUSTON – Goose Creek Memorial continues to roll in the 2019 boys soccer playoffs and its next test comes tonight at Turner Stadium.

The Patriots have defeated Port Neches-Groves (3-0), Manvel (2-1) and Wisdom (1-0) during this playoff run, getting them back to the Regional Semifinals for the first time since 2016.

VYPE caught up with head coach William Freeman to get the 411 on what has made Goose Creek Memorial so dangerous on the pitch this spring.

VYPE: Only second time in program history to reach this round, what is the buzz around the school right now?

Freeman: It is an exciting time for the program and those that support it.  It’s nice to be the program that brings the school together to celebrate the talents we have.

VYPE: First time since 2015-2016 season to reach this round, what has made this team different than the past few to get to this point?

Freeman: I think the biggest issue we had was the jump to 6A and the opponents we had to face.  It is a tough task to see North Shore, Channelview, CE King, Atascocita, and Kingwood in district and constantly have to figure out a way to win.  We were fortunate enough both years to earn a spot in the playoffs, but we faced Dobie in the opening round each year.  We knew it would not be easy at that level, but we were constantly outmatched, so we had to figure out different ways to win games.  I believe that helped these players grow tremendously and contributes to their successes of this year.

VYPE: Two wins from a state tournament appearance, what does that mean to you?

Freeman: This means nothing. We only look at the game right in front of us because that is the one that matters.  A lot of people are saying state bound and all, but we have to keep our eyes right in front of us.  Kingwood Park deserves our respect, so we have to give them full attention if we plan to beat them.  The other semi final is also tough, so there will not be any premature assumptions until we have earned that spot.

VYPE: Who has stepped up big for GCM during this playoff run?

Freeman: All the guys have come up big.  Of the six goals we have scored in the playoffs, only one player has two.  Also, the team has only conceded one goal.  We do our best to defend as eleven and attack as eleven.  The team has also demonstrated good depth as players have come off the bench and made tremendous contributions.  To be a consistent team, everyone must work together and sacrifice for the greater good of the team.  As a coach, I have been fortunate enough to watch them demonstrate a lot of hard work and it has paid off.

VYPE: What’s it going to take to win back to back matches in back to back days this week to punch a ticket to state?

Freeman: We will have to prepare accordingly.  I think the biggest task will be to get ready for such a big game the day after playing the semifinals, a game just as important.  It can be physically and emotionally draining.  We know it will take a lot to beat Kingwood Park, so we have to be smart about the way we take on that game.  If we give too much, there will be nothing left for Saturday, but if we do not give enough, our season could be over.  We will have to recover quick and be ready for the next one.

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