LISBON – The 2013 Lisbon Boys and Girls Soccer Camp will looking to replace some key leaders from outstanding seasons.
Boys Soccer Coach Bill Reed lost several starters including NAC West Defensive MVP Adam Felt from a 10-2-2 NAC West Co-Championship team.
Girl Soccer Coach Scott Richardson lost four starting seniors including a five- year player in center-halfback Gabby Walker from an 11-3 team.
Both coaches feel that their teams have the potential to develop another solid run in the division.
Coach Scott Richardson must replace four quality seniors this fall but does have a cast young players with a great deal of potential.
We have eight sophomores that are getting adjusted to the varsity level. Defensively we have some veterans in the back, in the midfield we will have to make some adjustments and offensively we have some younger girls that are going to need to step up this season and create some scoring opportunities.
The Knights three of last years four leading scorers in senior midfielder Beth Crowley (14 goals in regular season), sophomore striker Madison Vine (12 goals in reg. season), and junior striker Alex Amo (7 goals).
Senior goalie Jackie Sovie anchors the defense as fine collegiate prospect and will be joined in the backfield by senior Hanna Richardson (MF), seniors Maeve Bowdish, Alyshia Murray, sweeper Holly Williams, and sophomore Katie Sovie.
Other returnees include Aneissa Fields (junior fullback), Courtney Green (junior midfielder), Kati Barney (sophomore fullback), Madeline Caufield (sophomore, midfielder), Sierra Erwin (sophomore midfielder) and Rileigh Mee (junior midfielder).
Newcomers include: Adrien Hyde (sophomore midfielder), Rebekah Robinson (sophomore midfielder), Fayeanne West (sophomore midfielder), Maggie Crowley (freshman midfielder), and Claire Donaldson (eighth grader fullback).
I expect the West to be very challenging again this season. Every game will be a tough battle, said Richardson.
Coach Bill Reed opens his 15th season making a major personnel move by shifting three-year goaltender Jimmy Robinson, a First-Team All-NAC West performer, to sweeper in a restructed defense which must replace all-stars in Jim Darcy and Matt Snyder.
Jimmy Robinson is an outstanding athlete and is looking forward to playing in the field, said Reed who opens the season with a roster which includes 14 underclassmen.
We are a young and we dont have a great deal of team speed. But this team works extremely hard and we have two of our leading scorers back from last year in Adam Kelley and Cody James. All but one member of the team attended our preseason summer camp and they have all responded well to some double sessions since practice began.
Leading the Knights into a new season are five co-captains in Jimmy Robinson, senior stopper Ryan Buckley, senior midfielder Jake Putney, sophomore midfielder Adam Kelley and senior forward Cody James.
Other returning players are: senior John Hunter (D), a starting defender in junior junior Tristan Vine, sophomores Reilly Alberto (MF), Coleman Smith (MF), Jake Pellerin (MF), Connor Hammond (MF), Kody Allen (F), Logan Matthews (F-MF) and sophomore Jordan Carr (D).
A freshman class showing excellent potential includes Issac Sovie, a transfer from OFA, who will take over in goal; midfielders Koby and Kane Jordan and Jake Kiah and forward Ryan Mason.
Midfielder Josh Lampett is the lone eighth grader on the squad and two other first year players are sophomore Donnie Duprey (D) and Brazilian exchange student Pedro Netto (Jr-F).
This team will improve a great deal and I am very excited about the season. They key is to get our freshmen to play like sophomores and our sophomores and juniors to play like seniors at the end of the season, said Coach Reed who will be assisted by Kelley Geary and John McBath.
We should know where we stand by the time the division season opens. We scrimmaged Canton and play Gouverneur and either OFA or Norwood-Norfolk in the OFA Tournament.