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2020 BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW: Team-by-team capsules
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South Forsyth's Nick Postell and West Forsyth's Preston Baker pursue a ball during the teams' game on March 19, 2019 at West Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer

South Forsyth

Coach: Chere Thomas, second season

Last season: 7-8-1, 5-5 Region 5-7A

Key returners: D Tate O’Brien, Sr., D Carter Mason, Sr., D Bryant Linares, Sr., MF Luis Paz, Sr., G Carlos Guerrero, Sr., MF Nick Postell, Sr.

Key newcomers: N/A

What to know: Coming off an appearance in the state championship two years ago, the War Eagles’ 2019 was an up-and-down one, and they’ll continue to work on their team chemistry in Chere Thomas’ second season. They’ll have some returners to help improve their standing, including second-team All-County selections Nick Postell and Carter Mason.

 

Denmark

Coach: Brett Godwin, second season

Last season: 5-11-1 overall, 1-5 Region 7-4A

Key returners: MF Shayahn Mirfendereski, Sr., G Newsha Mirfendereski, Jr., MF Zach Bourg, Sr., F Jonathan Kobby, So., F Georgie Manoj, Sr., MF Taye Beckford, Jr.

Key newcomers: G Caelan Whitehead, Sr., D Cury Coronado, Jr., D Rohan Kothari, Jr., MF Jacob Pelletier, So., MF Juan Ramirez, So., F Camden Barnett, Fr.

What to know: Even with a few seniors now on the roster, the Danes will still be a young team for the 2020 season. Still, with 11 returners from the team’s inaugural year, there’s optimism , and with the Danes showing growth after a year together, head coach Brett Godwin is excited to see if his team can break through in Year 2. 

 

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Lambert's Yeonsung Lee takes the shot that resulted in the Longhorns' first goal during their game against South Forsyth on Feb. 26, 2019 at South Forsyth High School. - photo by Ian Frazer
Lambert

Coach: Chris Wilson, 11th season

Last season: 21-1-1 overall, 10-0 Region 5-7A

Key returners: G Cole Scott, Sr., D Trey Kirksey, Sr., D Harry Maughan, Sr., MF Campbell Wilson, Sr.,  D Brogan Riggle, Sr., MF Julian Cuervo, Jr., F Yeonsung Lee, Jr., F Tyler Nadiak, Jr., G Joao Moreira, D Hugh Headrick, So.

Key newcomers: D Jared Carter, Jr., D James Cash, Jr., MF Nick Trinh, So., F Sean Renz, So., MF Diego Nogales, So., MF Chase Bell, So., MF Benji Rose, So., F Dylan Nadiak, Fr., F Paul Yim, Fr., F Max Chapa, Fr.

What to know: Coming off their second straight Class 7A state championship, the Longhorns have lost some key players like All-County Player of the Year Hayden Fontana (25 goals, seven assists) and first-team All-County selection Chris Smith (15 shutouts) in goal. Those certainly are heavy losses, but with 10 returners from last season’s championship team, there is certainly plenty of playoff experience to go around. Replacing the production of the nine seniors that left will be the key challenge for Lambert.


Forsyth Central

Coach: William Gifford, sixth season

Last season: 13-6 overall, 6-4 Region 5-7A

Key returners: G Cristhian Sanchez, Sr., D Kieran Evans, Sr., D Andy Guzman, So., D Hunter Broome, Jr., MF Anthony Grasso, Sr., MF Sergio Moreira, Sr., MF Tracy Moon, Sr., MF Dani Nogueira, Sr., MF Daniel Martin, Sr., F Alex Guzman, Jr.

Key newcomers: G Keegan Willford, Fr.

What to know: The Bulldogs have a group of veterans this year with strong leadership, led by 2019 first-team All-County selections Anthony Grasso, Sergio Moreira and Alex Guzman.  Having played together for a few years now, Central could be very competitive in the region, but needs to get better in communication and finishing scoring opportunities.


North Forsyth

Coach: Jared Steinberg, fourth season

Last season: 2-12-1 overall, 1-8 Region 5-7A

Key returners: G Alberto Rangel-Castro, Jr., MF Carson Thomasetti, Sr. MF John Adams, Jr., D Andrew Johnson, Sr.

Key newcomers: MF Jesus Maldonado, So., F Rafael Zurita, Sr.

What to know: Head coach Jared Steinberg returns to the helm of North’s boys team after focusing on solely the girls last season. The Raiders will have some seniors in place to help lead them to a better year after a sour 2019, with Steinberg seeing a better soccer IQ from his team. With new players in the mix, though, getting the team to work well together will still be a challenge.


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Pinecrest Academy's Arturo Munguia takes the ball towards the goal against Providence Christian on Tuesday, April 16, 2019. - photo by David Almeda
Pinecrest Academy

Coach: Domenic Martelli, fifth season

Last season: 10-5-1 overall, 5-3 Region 8-1A Private

Key returners: MF Nicolas Martelli, Sr., D Brendan Kane, Sr., F Arturo Munguia, Sr., MF Jake Lair, Sr., G Matt Del Balzo, Sr., D Joe Metz, Sr., D Jack Morrissey, Sr., MF Colin Brown, So.

Key newcomers: G Evan Kane, So., F Sebastian Santa Maria, So., MF Dylan Dennis, So.

What to know: Pinecrest’s boys just barely missed out on the playoffs last year, and it wasn’t for lack of talent. The Paladins are returning some of their top playmakers and defensive players for 2020, led by first team All-County selection Brendan Kane on the defense. They do lose top goal-scorer Connor Sassine, though, so they’ll need others to step up in goal scoring.


West Forsyth

Coach: Chad Davenport, second season

Last season: 0-14-2, 0-9 Region 5-7A

Key returners: D Josh Westerby, Jr., D Jack Schnarr, Jr., MF Brennan McInerney, Sr., MF Gustav Bringle, Sr., MF Josh Patskanick, Sr., F Nick Fresquez, So., F Aidan Mienert, Sr.

Key newcomers: F Thad Harp, So., MF Reid Campbell, So., G Liam Badger, Jr.

What to know: The Wolverines will be looking for a lot of improvement in Chad Davenport’s second season as head coach. Defense will be West’s biggest strength with three starters back and two players from JV getting moved up. The key for the Wolverines will be up top, as they try to turn scoring opportunities into goals.