Boys soccer preview
Coaches were asked to return preseason report forms by Friday, March 20. Here are reports we’ve received to date:
4A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Key players: Septi Danciu, fwd, sr.; Cody Camp, mid, sr.; Kyle Burmaster, def, sr.; Erik Davies, mid, jr.; Josh Yurk, fwd, jr.
Outlook: Danciu is a two-time first-team all-league performer. … Camp and Burmaster also earned all-league honors. … Davies is a three-year starter for the Plainsmen.
Key player: Tarik Subasic, fwd, sr.
Outlook: Subasic was the league’s leading goal scorer last season.
Key player: Jeff Garbarino, mid, sr.; Bobby Knight, def, jr.; Alex Hurt, fwd, sr.; Connor Lien, fwd, jr.; Brandon Brooks, mid, so.; Jeff Carmody, fwd, jr.
Outlook: The Thunder bring back a far more experienced team than they had last year, led by team captain Garbarino. The Thunder hope to use that experience to remain competitive in the 4A GSHL.
Key player: Antonio Del Fierro, mf, sr.; Andy Long, def, sr.; Sean Chesebro, def/mid, sr.; Mikhail Wingate-Pearse, mid, jr.; Anthony Valle, mid/fwd, jr.; Keenan Townsend, gk, so; James Nosack, mid, fr.
Outlook: The Storm return a talented and experienced squad … Nosack participated in the U-14 National Development Program last fall in Florida. … Wingate-Pearse and Valle are in the Olympic Development Program regional pool … Townsend was selected to the Sounders FC U16 Academy team.
No reports: Battle Ground, Kelso
3A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Key players: Stuart Jergensen, def., sr.; Nick Palodichuk, mid, jr.; Drew White, fwd, jr.; Zach Anderson, gk, jr.; Connor Valenter, fwd, sr.
Outlook: Nine of the Papermakers play on a club team in Oregon concurrently … Five players on the roster have been honored as scholar athletes … Valenter is injured to open the season … Jergensen, White and Anderson were first-team all-league picks last season .. Palodichuk played for the U.S. men’s Under-17 World Cup team in October.
Key players: Steven Hughes, mid, sr.; Thiesen Chang, fwd, sr.; Eli Gaynor, def, so.; Silas Collentine, def, jr.; Spenser Beck, mid/fwd, sr.; Justin Soloman, mid, jr.
Outlook: The Chieftains enter the season trying to keep pace in the very competitive 3A GSHL despite losing 12 seniors off last year’s squad. … Hughes has signed with Western Washington. … Chang was a second-team all-league pick last season.
Key players: Isaiah Escobedo, wing, jr.; Sascha Pell, f/w, so.; Cameron Foster, fwd, jr.; Danny Valenzuela, mid, sr.
Outlook: The Eagles are looking to turn close losses into wins this season. Bay lost six games last year by one goal. … Escobedo was a first-team all-league pick in 2009. … Pell is a regional Olympic Development Program player. … Valenzuela is a transfer from Portland.
Key players: Austin Riley, mid, sr.; Mitch Treend, gk, sr.; Ben Mofford, def, so.; Daniel Froese, def., jr.; Hunter Dow, def., sr.
Outlook: The Falcons lost of lot key players off last year’s team, so this year is a bit of rebuilding year. … Goalkeeper Treend is a four-year starter at Prairie. … The Falcons will look to surprise some teams this season.
Key players: Derek Johnson, def., sr.; Michael Granados, mid, jr.; Hudson Poissant, mid, jr.; Mikhail Doholis, fwd, so.
Outlook: Granados is a two-time first-team all-league performer. … Doholis made the all-league first team as a freshman. He also trained with the U.S. men’s under-17 national team in Florida … Johnson will be a three-year starter.
No reports: Fort Vancouver.
2A GREATER ST. HELENS LEAGUE
Key players: Jarren Parthemer, mid., jr.; Langdon Roscoe, mid, so.; Cotter Hamilton, sweep., jr.
Outlook: Parthemer, Roscoe and Hamilton were all second-team all-league players last season. … Parthemer played for a premier club state champion. … The Hawks are looking to rebuild this season and will need key contributions from young players.
Key players: Aaron Johnson, sr.; David Zach, sr.; Elliott Juarez, sr.; Jeff Corona, sr.; John Corona, sr.
Outlook: The Panthers return a senior-heavy lineup. … Johnson and Juarez will lead the attack up front, and the Coronas anchoring the midfield. … Junior Patrick McCarthy will be in goal. … Coach John Tyger said this is the most skilled and creative group of players he’s hand during his eight-year tenure in Washougal.
No reports: Mark Morris, R.A. Long, Ridgefield, Woodland.
1A TRICO LEAGUE
Key players: Landon Davis, mid., sr.; Garret Davis, fwd., sr.; Dakota Davison, mid., sr.; Corbin DeKalb, def. sr.; Peter Dykes, def., sr.; Jakob Firl, wing, sr.
Outlook: This is the finale for a group of players who have played together since they were in grade school. … The Wildcats have 11 seniors on the roster. … La Center is expected to make a solid run into and through the state playoffs.
King’s Way Christian
Key players: Andrew Willson, fwd, sr.; Josh Russell, mid., fr.; Sean Russell, def., sr.; Sebastian Baker, gk, so.; Tanner Coval, mid., so.
Outlook: This will be the first varsity soccer team at King’s Way. … The Knights will play the regular-season in the Trico League, but as a 1B program, will not contend for the 1A district playoff spots.
No reports: Castle Rock, Seton Catholic, Stevenson, White Salmon