Torreys 2013-2014 Preview
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Torreys return veteran squad led by senior captains Fofa Arriola (first team All Coastal), Alo Hussong (second team All Coastal) and Nick Hawkins, and junior captain Roman Martin (second team All Coastal). A number of other players return with substantial varsity experience. Here is the overview by position:
Goalkeeping: This is the only area where Torreys lack experience. Seth Gans was the second string keeper last year, but missed much of the seson due to injury. He is growing in confidence and maturity during the training sessions. Ben Xavier, another senior, comes to the team with no high school varsithy experience, but he is also showing a great deal of improvement.
Defense: All four expected starters also started last year, although not necessarily on defense. Junior Grayson Lyman will move to sweeper and should lead a unit that will be tough to penetrate. Hussong, in his fourth varsity season and Sophomore David Bao are both tough, hardnose defenders with the ability to go forward and join in the attack. At stopper, lanky Junior Alex Bigeriego provides much needed strength in the air as well as excellent ability to pass the ball to start the attack.
Midfield: This unit should provide much excitement as LJCDS will continue to play short passing posession style. Offensive center midfielder Martin gained a great deal of experience and confidence playing this summer in Europe with a strong Brazilian squad and he should provide quite a bit of the scoring with his excellent shot, as well as help to set up opportunities for his teammates with his excellent vision, decision making and passing. Sophomore Sean Shevel is well suited to his defensive midfield position with his energy, tough tackling and excellent passing ability. Juniors Matt Mindel and Ben Engfeld, returning starters, will play the outside midfield positions. They have both looked great during the early practice sessions.
Forwards: Arriola, a natural midfielder, moved to forward last year and led the team in scoring. His technical skill, especially his dribbling, will continue to create problems for the opposition defenders. He will be team up front with Nick Hawkins, a clever four year starter who should score a plethora of goals as well.
Bench: Torreys have a great deal of depth. Junior forward/midfielder Ben Coden, much improved from last year, and hard-playing midfielder Senior Osvaldo Miramontes will certainly get their share of playing time and probably start some of the games. Sophomore midfielder Niko Pelette, and Junior Isaac Hendren, returning after a year's hiatus due to injury should also play an important role. Two necomers, Freshman Thibault Albatro and Sophomore Philip Lee have also looked strong in the early training sessions and could earn substantial playing time. Junior Forward Alan Perlo was a big scorer on the JV team and will get an opportunity to see if he can have similar success on varsity.
Coaching: Jerry Fleischhacker returns for his twenty third season. He will be assisted by Adam Meltz, former Canyon Crest Academy standout and current professional player. JV coaches, Enrique Garcia (13th year at LJCDS) and his son Andrew, will also help to develop the varsity squad.
For team and individual history of LJCDS soccer please click on the following documents:
LJCDS boys' soccer results and team records
LJCDS boys' soccer individual achievements and records
LJCDS boys' soccer career and season scoring leaders
LJCDS boys' soccer goalkeeping leaders