Knights rebuild around captains
Head Coach: Mark Fowler
2013 Record: 17-2-1
Key Player: Matt Peloquin
The Knights soccer dynasty is in a bit of a rebuilding mode. The team lost a lot of firepower in Grayson Smith and Evan and Vaughn Fowler.
“In order for us to compete this year a few of the younger lads will have to step up,” stated Fowler.
A trio of senior captains lead the way for Dale- midfielders Matt Peloquin and Austin Correia and forward Matthew Mangano.
Peloquin is lauded by Fowler for his high soccer IQ and distribution skills, while Correia is a scrappy player with a great first touch. Mangano is a strong, “robust” forward that can also drop back to play the midfield.
The Knights move to Conference 3 this year with top-notch teams Cosby and James River to compete with.
Warriors are motivated and hungry to improve
Head Coach: Justin Parker
2013 Record: 7-8-1
Key Player: Davis Topping
After a down year by Matoaca standards, a young group of players is hungry to improve for Warriors soccer.
“We’ve worked hard in the off-season and had up-tempo practices,” said head coach Justin Parker. “We’re going to improve.”
Matoaca is led by Davis Topping, a very technical soccer player who earned All-Central District second team honors last year. The Warriors play through Topping, a captain.
Goalie and captain Jacob Williamson is one of the best goalies in the area, and returns. Sophomore Justin Dyke is a great defender who started as a freshman. Parker applauded Williamson’s and Dyke’s instincts for the game and both should be standouts.
Skyhawks look to Vincent for leadership
Head Coach: Juan Chavez
2013 Record: 1-13
Key Player: Sebastian Vincent
The Skyhawks are led by senior defender Sebastian Vincent, a member of Bird varsity for three years. Vincent, the kicker on Bird’s football team has good size, providing a large backfield presence.
Goalie Zach Winter, a senior, has great goalkeeping skills and is consistent in the net. Junior Zachary Peppers plays the midfield and distributes well.
“The team is much more adept touching the ball and playing as a team,” said Vincent. “We essentially started building a soccer team from the ground up last year, but we expect to be much more competitive this year.”
The move to Conference 12 will give the Skyhawks a better shot to compete in the postseason in 2014.
Monarch seniors will lead the way this Spring
Head Coach: Gabriel Hochstetler
2013 Record: 12-2-2
Key Player: Rudy Argueta
This year’s version of the Monarchs have a tough act to follow in one of the best seasons in school history, but they are ready for the challenge, led by senior leader Rudy Argueta and a host of speedy teammates.
“This team is quick and has good field vision,” said first year head coach Gabriel Hochstetler. “This team also has a lot of senior leaders.”
Argueta is intense and plays with his head up, leading by example. Roberto Romero and Heber Quintanilla will man midfield while Fernando Estrada and Emerson Corena will play up front with excellent rapport, having played together for years.