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Joshua Michels, Erie
Erie’s Joshua Michels, center, is the state’s leading scorer with 14 goals.

Dayton Owens made it abundantly clear. His brand-new Erie soccer team wasn’t merely going through the motions in its inaugural year. The Tigers were here to play, he insisted.

Well, check this out.

Not only has Erie roared out of the gates to a respectable 4-3 record (2-2 in the Tri-Valley league). But junior forward Joshua Michels leads the state – all classifications – in goals with 14, including a five-tally effort Monday against Mead.

Michels has added three assists, giving him a classification-best 31 points. Soccer awards two points for a goal when tallying total points. In addition for Erie, junior Dominic Byrd has added six goals and five assists.

Now for the fine print. The 6-foot-5 Michels is a transfer student from the Netherlands and will only be at Erie for one season. But he’s just the type of athlete the Tigers need to help get their program off on a flying note.

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