The CV-S girls, coached by Amy Garretson, have more senior leaders than their rivals. Leading scorers Lauren Loucks, Jordan Loucks and Zane Ashford are all back for their senior seasons. Lauren led the team with 14 goals and five assists while Jordan had seven goals and four assists. Ashford had five goals and five assists. Goalie Kylie Graham and Jessica Carson are also seniors.
The Patriots were 10-4-2 last season, but faltered down the stretch before being eliminated from the playoffs by Davenport. CV-S and Milford tied twice in eight days last year, and the division title came down to the final week of the season. It wouldn’t be a surprise if it came down to the final games again this year.
In the West, Morris lost a good percentage of its team to graduation, but returns Haley Wist and McKenna Hungerford. Franklin will start the season as the favorite.
On the boys’ side, the situation is reversed. Milford’s boys may be the East favorites in every other sport this school year and the overall Tri-Valley favorite in basketball as well. But in soccer, the season always begins with CV-S being the favorite.
After all, CV-S has won the East for seven straight years.
“Certainly, Terri Adams at CV-S has built a respected program,” Spurchise said. “I expect that her team along with Edmeston, who returns a majority of their squad, will be league favorites.”
The Patriots lost several key seniors from last year’s squad, which went undefeated (15-0) in the regular season before losing to Morris in the Tri-Valley title game and Section Four Class D champs Marathon in the section semifinals. Leading scorer Kyle Jaquay and second leading scorer Ethan Drugatz have both graduated as has Andrew Spencer.
Still, coach Adams lost seven seniors the previous year from a team that won a Section Four Class D title, and her team didn’t suffer. Adams preaches a team game, focusing on ball control and a system that has worked for her for years. Replacing a couple of scorers this season shouldn’t slow her system down much, if at all.