The Louisa County High School boys’ soccer team is entering a rebuilding phase. Having lost nine seniors from last year and with 10 new faces on the varsity squad, some might think the Lions will be fighting an uphill battle this season.
Head coach Patrick Miller, who is entering his third year as head coach, is not among them.
“We’re rebuilding with force,” he said. “We’re a young program, but we’re a talented program.”
Defenders Raleigh Coleman and Darin Jones are the team’s only returning seniors, but coming behind them is a large junior class. Center backs Nick Campbell and Chase Moore, striker Thomas Henley, keeper Cody Toews and midfielder Luke Vesely are all back from last year’s team. Rounding out the returning lineup is sophomore midfielder Peter Schultz.
Toews, who will be starting in the goal for the second year, is very much a leader for the team.
“I make sure everyone’s doing what they’re supposed to do,” he said. “When people aren’t doing what they need to be doing, I can tell them. I’m pretty loud most of the time.”
Ten players are stepping up to help fill the open positions. Juniors Trent Barlow, Carryk Bhattal, Michael Puchalski and Matthew Sewell, sophomores Mason Godek and Ethan Labelle, and freshmen Stephen Clingman, James Payne, Michael Menton and Sean Williamson will all be making contributions to the varsity team for the first time.
To read the entire story, see the March 9 edition of The Central Virginian.