The Denison boys soccer team didn’t have to wait very long for a return trip to the playoffs. The time since their last match, however, has made the Yellow Jackets eager to return to action regardless of the situation.

The Denison boys soccer team didn’t have to wait very long for a return trip to the playoffs. The time since their last match, however, has made the Yellow Jackets eager to return to action regardless of the situation.


"It’s given us more time to practice," senior defender Jake Delmont said. "We’re doing everything we can to be ready."


If anything, Denison will be well-rested for the most important match of the season as the Yellow Jackets (11-6-2) face Frisco Wakeland (16-4-2) in a Class 4A Region II bi-district match at 8 p.m. tonight at Toyota Stadium in Frisco.


It is the first time in program history that Denison advanced to the playoffs in consecutive seasons and the fourth time overall.


"The guys are really excited about that. It’s great for the program," Denison head coach Scotty Voight said. "We definitely worked hard. They set the goal as soon as last year ended — to get back and make a difference."


After finishing third in the district standings in 2013 and many key contributors returning, the Jackets saw no reason why a postseason return shouldn’t happen.


"Right at the very first practice, saying we were going to playoffs again," senior forward Brandt Krasovic said. "If you don’t go in thinking you’re going to win, you won’t."


After ending a five-year playoff drought last spring, Denison quickly fell behind Frisco Liberty in a 9-0 bi-district loss. The Jackets are looking to make amends for that performance this time around.


"They talked in the preseason about that a lot. With the experience we had coming back, to make the playoffs," Voight said. "Now we don’t want to get there, turn around and go. We want to do something."


Denison will have been idle for nearly three weeks going into the playoffs thanks to a scheduling quirk in 17-4A action. The Jackets closed district play on March 7 and had the bye to close out the regular season on March 18 after everyone took Spring Break off. A non-district match against Dallas Adamson last week was canceled, leading to the long layoff.


"We’ve been doing a lot of conditioning, mental stuff to get prepared," Voight said. "It’s not able to simulate a game."


The Jackets maintained their position in the standings with another third-place finish and saw improvement from the previous season, winning four more matches that included a sweep of rival Sherman for the first time.


"With all the seniors coming back, it was the chemistry," Delmont said. "We didn’t have to worry about that."


Krasovic leads the team with 19 goals, Orlando Macedo has 11 goals and Marcos Sauceda has scored six times. Macedo also leads the way with nine assists.


Defensively Delmont, Garrett Hestand, Chance Speigel and Harrison Talley will look to help keeper Michael Moran against the Wolverines. Moran has allowed two or fewer goals in 15 of the 19 matches and seven have been shutouts.


"Finding the right combination — the chemistry’s there," Voight said. "We came into the year with our back line set. We’ve had some injuries at the first of the year and things but we’ve had some guys step in."


Frisco Wakeland, the 2010 Class 4A state champion, was the runner-up to Frisco Liberty in 18-4A and its only two district losses came against the Redhawks by a combined three goals. The two rivals also played in the Frisco Tournament, a 2-1 Liberty win, and Coppell is the only other team to beat the Wolverines this season.


Corey Cantor leads Wakeland with 20 goals while Tristan Honaker has produced nine goals and eight assists. Defensively the Wolverines have posted 15 shutouts.


Last season Wakeland made it to the region semifinals, winning four straight 2-0 contests before a 1-0 defeat to Kilgore.


"They’re going to be a really solid team," Voight said. "They like to play one side and then switch backside to get their goals. If we go in and start the game off well, I think we can do well against them."