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Sports Review: Boys Soccer

Apr 28, 2014 02:11PM ● Published by Dia

Photo Courtesy of Rex Teter.

Season Update

3-3-2 (0-0-1)

The Dragon boys soccer team has yet again found themselves looking to make moves in postseason action. After reaching the 5A regional semifinals a year ago, National Boys Soccer Coach of the Year Greg Oglesby’s squad is looking to turn an up-and-down regular season into another special postseason run. Finishing the regular season with a 9-6-5 record (4-1-3), the Dragons are on a roll entering their opening round playoff matchup with their 5A opponent Arlington Colts.

While the Dragons have been very good in district play, earning each one of their four wins against 4-5A opponents, they struggled mightily early in non-conference matches, dropping their first three games of the season in the Richland Winter Blast Tournament. A three-game winning streak midseason brought the Dragons back to life. Following two losses and two ties, the Dragons finished the regular season on a strong note. Heading into the playoffs, they defeated Keller 3-2 before the team’s 12 seniors put on a show on Senior Night, shutting out district opponent Haltom on 1-0.

About the team

Head coach Greg Oglesby has stuck to the code this season, getting seasoned play from a veteran squad. With much of the team made up of seniors, the hunger to make it past where it left off last year looms for a soccer club who finished third in its district with 23 points.

The Dragons are led by their upperclassmen core of Jack Parrish, Cole Manning and Walker Beasley, who had each been key members on last year’s regional semifinals team. A senior midfielder, Parrish leads the Dragons in goals so far in 2013-2014 with 11. A strong returning leader from a season ago, Parrish also uses his offensive skills to set teammates up for goals, using his field vision to place second on the team in assists (8). Accompanying Parrish is defender Cole Manning who, despite being a valuable asset on the defensive end, places second on the team in goals scored (9) while leading the team in assists (9). Junior midfielder Walker Beasley has also had a very solid year, finishing tied for third on the team with senior Shane Carpenter in goals (4). He used his unselfish style of play to place third on the team in assists (7).

Giving up only 19 goals on the season, the Dragons’ key ingredient has been defense, placing in the top 20 in the area and only giving up one goal a game. Although a first-year starter, junior Patrick Leal has been a beast in the net, adding a sense of relief for the Dragon defense as it’s been able to survive several of its close matches due to his presence in goal. Heading into the postseason, the team will have the job of reloading talent in the next season as it will lose 11 seniors from this year’s teams.

Quote:

On being a champion: “Have a complete and total commitment to a cause, an unwavering belief in yourself, your team and your coaches. Carry out your beliefs and dedication with class and pride no matter the outcomes.”

Head coach: Greg Oglesby

Assistant coach: Salvador Richie

 Roster:

22

Alex Alloy

D

Senior

17

Alexander Kluge

M

Junior

10

Andrew Baker

D

Senior

1

Cole Manning

D

Junior

0

Daniele Brambilla

GK

Senior

7

Diego Dominguez

F

Senior

4

Duncan Gary

F

Sophomore

5

Gage Ott

D

Freshman

2

Jack Parrish

M

Senior

11

Logan Webb

D

Senior

24

Mason McGuire

M

Junior

15

Michael Hennessy

D

Sophomore

18

Nat Kajiwara

M

Freshman

19

Nick Brillhart

D

Senior

00

Patrick Leal

GK

Junior

26

Ricardo Becerra

F

Junior

3

Sebastian Becerra

D

Senior

12

Shane Carpenter

F

Senior

9

Tylor Hammermeister

D

Senior

14

Walker Beasley

M

Senior

21

Zac Alloy

D

Senior

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