After going through his “worst” season, North Dallas forward Jose “Chino” Gutierrez has high expectations for his senior season.
“To make it to the playoffs and make it as far as we can,” Chino said about his expectations for the coming season. “It means I got to go 110 percent. I have to go all out every game.”
The Bulldogs soccer team will scrimmage Richardson High School at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Eagle/Mustang Stadium, said Jonatan Benitez, North Dallas’ head soccer coach. The JV game is at 6 p.m.
The first regular season game is against Samuel at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 9, at Franklin Field. The junior varsity game is at 6 p.m.
“To me, it was the worst season I’ve played really since my freshman year,” Chino said about last season. “I want to make up for that.”
Asked about his motivation for this season, Chino responded, “It’s my senior year. That’s my motivation.”
The Bulldogs finished in fifth place in District 12-5A. Chino said he scored three goals last season.
“I think all of my boys are ready to compete this year,” Coach Benitez said. “And the seniors are excited because this year we are pretty confident that we will be back in the playoffs.
“Jose has been on of the few that started this journey with me at North Dallas since his sophomore year. He knows what I am expecting from him and this year he has been showing the right path to the younger players.”
Chino also said this year’s team “is better than last year’s team.”
“I feel like the practices are even harder than last year,” Chino said. “It’s the main thing but we have way more intensity because we know we want to do better.
“We have to start fresh. We have to get that [last season] out of our heads. We have to keep in mind our mistakes, so we don’t do it again.”
As a sophomore, Chino played in the shadows of his brother, Jorge Gutierrez, who scored 13 goals his senior season in helping the Bulldogs reach the playoffs in 2016. Chino said his brother encourages him to do better.
“He tells me I have to do better than him,” said Chino, who hopes to play soccer in college. “He says, ‘I don’t know how you’re going to do it but you got to do it.’
“This year I have to score more. I know I have to score more,” he said. “I just got to go and get it. I just go to it.
Schedule change: Coach Benitez says the games scheduled for Jan. 2 and Jan. 3 have been canceled.