High school boys' soccer team capsules

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Class 5A

Colorado Springs Metro

Doherty

Coach: Andrew Drummond, 14th year

Key players: Jack Mann, sr.; Josh Torchinsky, jr.; Cameron Wheeler, so.; Noah Drummond, so.

What to know: With just two seniors on the Spartan roster, a group of sophomores and juniors will be tasked with producing for the Spartans.

Mann, a senior, and Drummond, a sophomore, return in the midfield after earning second team all-league honors a season ago.

Wheeler returns up top after emerging as a scoring threat in his freshman campaign, while Torchinsky will be amongst Doherty’s leaders in the back with juniors Logan Raulie and Jacob Wilson.

Liberty

Coach: Chaz Woodson, second year

Key players: Caleb Norwood, jr.; Dawson Calloway, sr.; Brennan Bengford, sr.; Brandon Shaugnessy, sr.

What to know: The Lancers are expected to be more comfortable roles after spending last season replacing 14 seniors in Woodson’s first year. Norwood and Calloway return as the team’s assist and goals leaders, respectively. Bengford will anchor the defense.

Palmer

Coach: Greg Glatz, first year

Key players: Jorge Dominguez, sr.

What to know: The Terrors will be led by a new coach for the second straight season.

Palmer will also be looking for a new goalkeeper to replace Misael Pelayo.

Dominguez will be tasked with connecting the team from his role in the middle of the field.

Pine Creek

Coach: Ben Corley (17th season)

Key players: Christian Seaquist, jr.; Jake Zink, sr.; Cam Leichner, jr.; Brian Silver, sr.

What to know: The Eagles are hoping an experienced group of upperclassmen can lead to an improved Eagle defense.

A good portion of that experience should be positioned in the back. Silver and Leichner will be tasked with protecting Zink, who’s expected to be the Eagles’ primary goalkeeper after the graduation of Colin Welge.

Seaquist will look to be Pine Creek’s top offensive producer in his junior campaign after leading the Eagles in goals scored for much of his sophomore season.

Rampart

Coach: Karl Anderson, fifth year

Key players: Jack McReynolds, sr.; Matt Davis, sr.; Afeworki Zeru, sr.

What to know: The Rams return their statistical leaders on offense but not much else in Anderson’s fifth year.

McReynolds returns after scoring a team-high 10 goals in his junior campaign and will serve as the team’s captain this season. Davis is back in the midfield where he led the team in assists last year. Afeworki Zeru is the team’s the only other senior.

While there’s not much experience in the back, Anderson said he’s got a young and talented squad with high expectations after playing in the playoffs a year ago.

Not reporting: Coronado, Fountain-Fort Carson,

Class 4A

Colorado Springs Metro

Cañon City

Coach: Pat Callahan, 31st year

Key players: Garrett Walsworth, sr.; Lincoln Andrews, jr.; Cage Shepard, sr.

What to know: The Tigers have a lot of holes to fill heading into the 2017 season.

Beyond senior midfielders Walsworth and Shepard and junior defender Lincoln Andrews, Callahan has few returners to rely on.

Young players will be expected to step into prominent roles, as the Tigers look to find combinations that work.

Mitchell

Coach: Brett Humphrey, 10th year.

Key players: Eddie Arciniega, sr.; Jose Gonzalez, jr.; Eduardo Trujillo, jr.; Felix Justo, sr.

What to know: Humphrey expects the Marauders to be a fast and technically sound team. Beyond an experienced core that features three seniors - Arciniega and Alex Murillo in the midfield and Justo in goal - the Marauders figure to be on the younger side after losing three seniors from last year’s state playoff team.

The Classical Academy

Coach: Blake Galvin, 13th season

Key players: Jonny Stephens, sr.; Jake Slater, sr.; Garrett Troupe, sr.; Kennan Rower, sr.

What to know: The Titans return after reaching the state finals in four consecutive years, winning the 4A title a year ago.

To repeat, Galvin will have to replace an all-state and league player of the year in forward Titus Grant and 10 other seniors.

Stephens, an all-state second team player as a junior, will be expected to lead in the midfield after scoring two of the team’s seven goals in last year’s championship game. Slater and Troupe are expected to add balance in the midfield, while Rower is the team’s top defensive returner.

Widefield

Coach: Steve Spaulding, first year

Key players: Kody Scholl, sr.; Justin Clemens, sr.

What to know: The Gladiators will start the season with a lot of new faces in prominent roles after losing eight seniors from last year’s squad.

Newcomers will be leaned on at all three levels in Spaulding’s first season.

Scholl returns as the team’s top offensive player, while Clemens is expected to support from the midfield.

Not reporting: Harrison, Mesa Ridge, Sierra, Woodland Park.

Pikes Peak

Cheyenne Mountain

Coach: Tomas Martines, eighth year

Key players: Sam Kilimann, sr.; Chase McCleary, sr.; Evan McConnell, sr.; Noah Grage, jr.

What to know: Martines expects his Indians to be a technical and skilled side this fall.

Upperclassmen return at all three levels with McConnell up top and Kilimann and Grange in the midfield. McCleary and junior goalkeeper Will Thompson orchestrate the defense for the team that entered last year’s playoffs as the top seed.

Without a go-to goal scorer, the Indians’ coach said the team will focus on creating chances off set pieces.

Lewis-Palmer

Coach: Brian Barkey, sixth year

Key players: Jon Merrell, jr.; Cameron Waldron, sr.; Jack Barkocy, jr.; Brandon Gary, sr.

What to know: In addition to a big group of upperclassmen returning from last year’s team, Barkey welcomes what he called the best freshman class he’s ever had.

That depth could help the Rangers continue their stretch of state playoff appearances.

Waldron and Merrell are expected to lead the attack with support from senior Bryan Emig and sophomore Justin Kuot, while Barkocy’s set to be one of the team’s top defenders.

Sand Creek

Coach: Jeremy Tafoya, seventh year

Key players: Garrett Kramer, sr.; Jaden Austin, jr.; Aidan Brown, sr.; Jesse Bridge, sr.;

What to know: The Scorpions return a handful of key pieces in the midfield and defense while adding a scoring threat.

Kramer and Austin return in the midfield, while Bridge will be joined by senior Juan Hernandez and Cayden Gilbert in what looks to be a stingy defense.

Brown joined the Sand Creek team this year and figures to carve out a role atop the team’s formation.

Tafoya said depth is his team’s biggest weakness heading into the season.

Not reporting: Air Academy, Discovery Canyon, Falcon, Palmer Ridge, Vista Ridge.

3A

Tri-Peaks

Colorado Springs Christian

Coach: Jason Rollins, sixth season

Key players: Tanner McKay, sr.; Lookens Smith, jr.; Alec Tanaka, sr.; Noah Banderas, jr.

The Lions are looking to build on last season’s run to the state semifinals with a mix of experience and depth.

Smith could be one of the top midfielders in the class and is joined by McKay at the position. A fast and skilled group of attackers is expected to trouble opposing defenses.

One area where Rollins’ side is short on experience is in goal after losing all-state keeper Ross Norwood from last year’s team.

Fountain Valley

Coach: Kevin Ray, first year

Key players: Galen Kelley, sr,; Jackson Blaylock, so.; Brian Jung, sr .

What to know: Ray inherits a bit of experience on the attack and in the back.

Kelley figures to be one of the top goal scorers in the conference with Blaylock, the keeper, and central defender Jung leading in the back.

The trio figures to be surrounded by a group of younger players, as Ray looks to lead the Danes back to the state playoffs after last year’s first-round exit.

St. Mary’s

Coach: Gregg Braha, second year.

Key players: Parker Bock, sr.

What to know: The Pirates will lean on Bock not only to control the midfield but serve as the leader of a roster of 22.

Among that group is a pair of exchange students from Spain and one from China.

Braha considers the team’s height and athleticism to be the team’s strong points, while defensive organization needs some work.

The Pirates advanced to the second round of the 2016 state playoffs.

The Vanguard School

Coach: Scott Simons, third year

Key players: Chris Sudduth, sr.; Daniel Simons, sr.; Drake Gray, sr.; Tyler Wheeler-Temple, sr.

What to know: The Coursers will lean on a senior striker to continue his scoring ways this fall.

Sudduth is back after netting 25 goals in both his sophomore and junior seasons, while Simons and Wheeler-Temple are expected to anchor the midfield with Gray, a four-year letterman, returning in the back.

Simons expects a group of underclassmen to supplement the roster after losses to transfer and graduation.

Not reporting: Colorado Springs School, Ellicott, Evangelical Christian, Florence, Fountain Valley, James Irwin, Manitou Springs.