Unconventional coach: Billies’ soccer players decide game rosters on way to success

Senior captain Liesel Geyer (14) charges toward the ball during a recent match.

PLEASANT HILL – Ryota Sugitani has a revolutionary style of coaching. It must be working wonders, because his Pleasant Hill boys soccer team has outscored its opponents 50-1 while compiling a 6-0 record to start the season.

“I’m pretty sure I’m the only coach in Oregon who lets the kids decide who starts and where,” the third-year coach said. “As much as the coach wants the kids to do well, if they’re not into it . . .