PLAYERS TO KNOW
A.J. Arroyo, Jr. Jefferson Academy: This may be one of those under-the-radar players that can do some big things up top for a talented Jaguars team.
Gunnar Bickel, Sr., Centaurus: A three-year starter that will steady the Warriors defense.
Nathan Biesterfeld, Sr., Fairview: An honorable mention selection for BoCo and is just one of the many talented players patrolling the midfield for the Knights.
Omar Castruita, So., Boulder: The latest from the family is a 3X Colorado Youth Soccer MVP.
Mitchell Graesser, Sr., Boulder: Anchors an always stout backline for the Panthers and has started every game since his sophomore year.
Daulton Logan, Sr., Broomfield: Will anchor a talented defense for coach Jim Davidson's preseason No. 1.
Brian Oates, Sr., Niwot: It's a young, but talented, Cougars team. Always good to be strong down the middle, and Oates does that for the new coaching staff.
Armando Ocampo, Sr., Broomfield: A goal scoring phenom for the two-time defending Class 5A champion Eagles.
Ruben Ordaz, Sr., Longmont: Scored 21 goals last year for the Trojans and will again be a tough mark for opposing defenses.
Stone Streeter, Sr., Fairview: The strength of the Knights is in the midfield after graduation hit the defense hard. Streeter secures the center of the field for a good Knights team.
Regular season games for all three classifications must be completed by Oct. 22. Postseason play begins on Oct. 25 with 32-team seeded brackets for each class, leading up to championship games on Nov. 12 at Dick's Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
Coach: Hardy Kalisher (11th season)
Last year: 13-5 overall; 7-4 Front Range League
Returning starters: Omar Castruita (So.); Djibril Doumbia (So.); Mitchell Graesser (Sr.); Simon Julian (Sr.); Eric Rameriz (Jr.) .
Others to watch: Abraham Lopez (Sr.); Sean McElveen (Sr.); Trey Pace (Sr.); Cameron Peterson (Sr.); Blaise Werner (Sr.).
Outlook: There is a lot to be excited about for Kalisher and Panthers. They are always tough on defense and this year will be no different with Graesser anchoring. A talented blend of sophomores and seniors make up the midfield and attacking players. Don't be surprised if the Panthers play into November.
Coach: Jim Davidson (20th season)
Last year: 18-2 overall; 10-2 Front Range League (2X defending Class 5A champions)
Returning starters: Sawyer Giles (Jr., F); Daulton Logan (Sr., D); Luke Oberto (Sr., MF); Armando Ocampo (Sr., F); Riley Shea (Sr., MF).
Others to watch: Cameron Broadhurst (Jr., D); Ethan Campbell (Sr., D); Nate Holland (Jr., MF); Jose Ogaz (Jr., GK); Jeff Robisch (Sr., F).
Outlook: The Eagles won back-to-back state titles with a talented group of core of players that has now mostly graduated. The preseason No. 1 will not just fall off the map and Broomfield has a way of reloading instead of rebuilding.
Coach: Lee Stanley (2nd season)
Last year: 6-9 overall; 3-5 Northern League
Returning starters: Gunnar Bickel (Sr., D); Noah Davis (Jr., MF); CJ Himel (Jr., F); Ethan Michel (Jr., MF); Aidan Porterfield (Sr., D); Miguel Ramirez (Sr., F); Toby Rubenfeld (Jr., MF); Rodrigo Ruiz (Jr., GK).
Others to watch: Jack Bilello (So., MF); Bergen Grant (Sr., D); Christian Nunez (Fr., F); Cristian Rice (So., D).
Outlook: Said Stanley: "With more varsity experience we are hoping for a strong showing this year. Our chemistry is good and the team atmosphere and willingness to work for each other is a welcome change from last year. As tough as our league is, we will have to work hard to make playoffs, which is our main focus this season."
Coach: John Siegrist (1st season)
Last year: 7-9 overall; 4-4 3A Region 7
Returning starters: Timmy Cropanzano (Jr., D); Sebastian Grigore (Sr., MF); Jack Shams (Sr., D); Kyle Sudol (Sr., D).
Others to watch: Toby Brown (Fr., MF); Sebastian Griffin (Fr., F); Jesse Isenhart (Fr., MF); Trevor Jones (Jr., MF); Max Morrow (Fr., MF); Rio Sueyoshi (Fr., D); Nick Valin (Fr., D).
Outlook: Siegrist, who coached the Mustangs girls last spring, takes over a team that welcomes a huge class of freshmen and sophomores that he hopes will create an instant turnaround from an un-Dawson like season in 2015.
Coach: Jason Turner (1st season)
Last year: 11-5 overall; 8-4 Tri-Valley League
Returning starters: Dylan Brown (So., GK); Colin Heinl (Jr., MF-D); C.J. Hull (Jr., MF-D).
Others to watch: Patrick Cummings (So., F-D); Josh Khoudary (Jr., MF).
Outlook: Building a culture is going to be the biggest thing at Erie after the Tigers graduated 14 and had a coaching carousel before the season. Turner was hired earlier this week and will take some time to learn his players and what works best, but in the early going, Erie has proven it can win, so don't be surprised.
Coach: Jeff Frykholm (2nd season)
Last year: 15-3-1 overall; 9-1-1 Front Range League
Returning starters: Nathan Biesterfeld (Sr., MF); Ryan Houseman (Sr., MF); Stone Streeter (Sr., MF); Kiran Singh (Sr., F); M Steiner (Jr., D).
Others to watch: Stephen Griffith (Sr., D); Diego Magno (Jr., MF); Drew Prinster (Sr., D); Sam Silverman (Sr., F).
Outlook: While Fairview has an exceptionally talented group of returning midfield players, their primary concern will be replacing three of four starting defenders from a year ago, plus finding players to fill the void of those graduated forwards who combined to score 26 goals last season.
Coach: J Doering (3rd season)
Last year: 7-7-1 overall; 5-7 Tri-Valley League
Returning starters: Enrique Barrera (So., D); Isahia Enriquez (Sr., D); Darian Gomez (Sr., D); Edwin Hernandez (So., MF); Danny Macias (Jr., MF-F); Andres Olave (Jr., MF); Alexi Rios (Sr., D); Abraham Soto (So., MF).
Others to watch: Chris Vang (So., MF-D).
Outlook: Historically the Warriors have started quick and found themselves tailing off as the season progresses — part of that is the competition, the other is maintaining grade eligibility. They had a .500 season last year for the first time in a long time and would like nothing more than to maintain that ... "We are hoping to improve on that and get into the above .500 era," Doering said. "I told them once we get there I never want to go back."
HOLY FAMILY TIGERS
Coach: Kathy Hogan (5th season)
Last year: 8-7 overall; 8-4 Tri-Valley League
Returning starters: Lorenzo Centeno (Jr. MF); Darin Chaves (So., D); Jean Paul Dalton (Sr., F); Wilson Finocchiaro (Sr., MF); Joseph Fountaine (Sr., D); Matthew Fountaine (Jr., F).
Others to watch: Tanner Baird (So., D); Abel Campos (So., D); Cody Chaves (So., F).
Outlook: The Tigers have made the right steps in their 4A progression and this year should be no different. With a strong sophomore class, Hogan's team will continue to get better and they have their sites on a playoff berth this season.
JEFFERSON ACADEMY JAGUARS
Coach: Matt Cassell (5th season)
Last year: 11-6-0 overall; 4-4-0 3A Region 6
Returning starters: Lucas Almieda (Sr., MF); A.J. Arroyo (Jr., F); Shervin Kazemi (Sr., F); Kile Kelly (Sr., D); Alex Kelso (Jr., MF); Colton Ingals (So., D); Brandon Leeper (Sr., MF).
Others to watch: Ian Coehn (So., F-MF); Payton Tennal (So., F-MF).
Outlook: Most of the team is returning and they are all "good, hard-working, strong players," according to Cassell. This is an experienced team that will raise a few eyebrows along the way. They were disappointed in the quick end to their season last year in Pagosa Springs and are eager to make amends.
Coach: Tony Romano (8th season)
Last year: 9-8 overall; 4-7 Front Range League
Returning starters: Stephen Goth (Jr.,, MF); Dylan Kheng (Sr., MF); Bradon O'Connor (Sr., F-D); Dustin Rittenhouse (Jr., MF); Fernando Yuste (Sr., F).
Others to watch: Tajon Buchanan (Sr., F); Bryson Chiles (Sr., MF); Anthony Chrysanthou (Sr., MF); Luca Falagrady (Jr., GK).
Outlook: Legacy is optimistic that this year will be the first time in program history that it makes the playoffs for two consecutive years. With a good combination of returning varsity players, rising talent, and promising newcomers, the Lightning hope to surprise some people after losing many players to graduation.
Coach: David John (1st season)
Last year: 15-2-1 overall; 7-0-1 Northern League
Returning starters: Orlando Alaniz (Jr., MF): Brendon Close (Sr., MF-D); Calvin Kath (Sr., MF-D); Ruben Ordaz (Sr., F); Brandon Staple (Jr., F).
Others to watch: Finn Dangerfield (Jr., F); Andrew Paul (Sr., D); Ben Richburg (Sr., MF); Alex Santucci (Sr., D).
Outlook: The Trojans tasted big time success for the first time in a long time last season. They have a good group coming back that is hungry to take it a step further. With a new coach in place, Longmont will have to start with defending their Northern League crown.
Coach: Shane Adler (1st season)
Last year: 1-14-0 overall; 0-12-0 Tri-Valley League
Returning starters: Marcus Allen (Jr., D); Victor Griffith (Sr., D); Bryce Martin (So., MF); Matt Murphy (Sr., MF); Matt Sanger (Sr., D); Camden Sprague (Jr., GK).
Others to watch: Connor McCawley (Jr., F); Julio Rodriquez (Jr., MF); Brandon Valdez (Jr., MF).
Outlook: The growing pains have been evident over the first few season for the Mavericks, but they hope with a little experience and some familiar faces in place, that they can drastically improve what can only be described as a tough 2015 season.
Coach: Jason Winn (1st season)
Last year: 11-4-1 overall; 8-2-1 Front Range League
Returning starters: Javier Calderon (Sr., D); Ronan Dowling (Sr., MF); Jordan Hoffman (Sr., MF); Edward Varney (Sr., MF).
Others to watch: Blake Barber (So., D); Thomas Bridge (Jr., D); Sean Pierce(Sr., MF); Jacob Sehnert (Jr., MF).
Outlook: Coming off one of the best years in school history, but graduation hit hard and they also lost iconic coach Marcelo Balboa. Winn takes over a program in flux and one that has already been bitten hard by the injury bug in August. The Coyotes have proven they can compete with the best of the best in the Front Range League and it shouldn't take to long for them to find their groove.
Coach: Steve Dimit (1st season)
Last year: 15-2 overall; 7-1 Northern League
Returning starters: Nicholas Grant (Jr., D); Brian Oates (Sr., MF).
Others to watch: Cam Lee (Jr., D); Duncan McCabe (Sr., MF); Andres Montealegre (Jr., MF); Jason Rodriguez (Jr., F).
Outlook: Don't let the graduation numbers fool you or that their long-time coach went across town to Silver Creek. The Cougars are a young and talented group that may take a little time to find their true identity, but once they do, count on them being right back in the mix.
PEAK TO PEAK PUMAS
Coach: Peter Chandler (14th season)
Last year: 12-6 overall; 6-2 3A Region 6
Returning starters: Miguel Arriaga (Jr., F); Reid Dimond (Jr., D); Nate Fangman (Jr., GK); Brendan Lefowicz (Jr., MF); Robbie Pezzuti (Jr., MF-D).
Others to watch: Omar Lemus (So., MF); Gio Visco (Jr., MF); Allen Zheng (Jr., MF).
Outlook: Peak to Peak doesn't shy away from anyone on its schedule and welcomes the challenge of not only the big schools, but the best 3A has to offer. They annually compete and hang in the rugged Metropolitan League and it gets them eared up for a playoff run. They will try to go further than their quarterfinals performance in 2015.
PROSPECT RIDGE ACADEMY MINERS
Coach: Todd Schoeder (2nd season)
Last year: 6-5 as an independent
Returning starters: Sebastian Boysen (So., MF); Aiden Brasov (So., MF); Caleb Conner (So., GK); Bryson Cuss (So., MF); Ayden Heinrich (So., D); Hudson Highfield (So., F); Mason Holitza (So., D); Brandon Huffman (So., D); Arpit Mishra (Jr., F); Biraj Shrestha (Jr., D); Ben Williams (So., MF).
Other to watch: Drew Johnson (So., F-MF); Michael Mote (Fr., MF-D); Austin Wickham (So., F-MF).
Outlook: Said Schoeder: "This being our first year as a varsity team in the 3A Metro League and with only three classes, we're looking to a .500 season. Anything above .500 would be a great success in this very competitive league. We're sure this season will prove to be a great learning experience for players and the entire PRA soccer program."
SILVER CREEK RAPTORS
Coach: Rob Johnson (1st season)
Last year: 7-8 overall; 4-4 Northern League
Returning starters: Josh Ehr (Sr., MF); Stewart Lemmon (Sr., F); Conner Peskin (Jr., F).
Others to watch: Hunter Becvar (Sr., D): Miguel Toledo (Sr., F).
Outlook: Johnson, who comes over from Niwot, feels good about his well-rounded team. The Raptors are two years removed from a playoff appearance and will need to find a way to earn one of the top two spots in the league to return.
Coach: Luis Chavez (7th season)
Last year: 15-2-0 overall; 12-0 Tri-Valley League
Returning starters: Alec Bennette (Sr., F); Luis Bustos (Jr., MF); Kenneth Chavarria (Jr., F-MF); Kevin Chavarria (Jr., F-MF); Marco Guerrero (Sr., D); Kevin Gutierrez (So., F-MF-D); Juan Lara (Sr., GK); Manuel Macias (Sr, F-MF); Dawson McCawley (Sr., F); Jose Medrano (Jr., F-MF); Morgan Stoner (Jr., MF-D; Alejandro Toledo, (So., F-MF-D); Joseph Wanninger (Sr., D); Cooper Welsh (Jr., MF-D); Kade Whitmill (Sr., D); Ethan Wright (Jr., MF-D).
Others to watch: Shjon Andrews (Jr., F-MF-D); Alexis Armenta (Jr., F-MF); Diego Chavez (So., GK); Alez Compian (Jr., MF-D); David Depler (Sr., MF-F); Ben Lucas (So., MF-D); Faolan Moore (So., MF-F); Ryan Primeau (So., F-MF-D); Hector Rubi (So., MF-F); Adan Villa (So., F-MF-D); Nate Wanninger (So., F-MF-D).
Outlook: The Falcons broke through last season and not only won the league title, but also their first playoff game. Coach Chavez's team returns mostly intact and they are a year older and wiser. Said Chavez: "The program reached a higher level of success last season and the hope is to match or improve last year's outcome. We are focusing on hard work, discipline, high levels of ethics and respect in order to stay on target and meet our goals."
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