Warren soccer in a conditioning phase
VINCENT – Warren soccer enjoyed a banner fall last season.
The Warrior boys finished as a regional semifinalist with a 14-3-4 overall record, while the royal blue and white girls were a district finalist with a 12-2-5 mark.
During the campaign, the Warren boys claimed a share of the Southeastern Ohio Athletic League title, a sectional championship, and a repeat district crown.
The 2012 Lady Warriors won the the program’s first SEOAL title and district semifinal match, a 4-1 triumph over No. 2 seeded Chillicothe Unioto.
So, what does Warren boy and girls soccer do for an encore?
Re-load and do it again?
That’s of course a lot easier said than done, but anything’s possible on the pitch.
The Warren boys varsity roster took a double-digit graduation hit after last season, and among those moving on were two-time SEOAL Player of the Year and all-stater Nick Koch (11 goals), leading scorer Eli Duff (17 goals), all-league honorees Evan Yabs and Ty Kroner, and starting keeper Cody Stanley.
The other five seniors were Greyson Cantley, Nick Robinson, Adam Garlow, Sean Lofty, and Zach West.
Koch, incidentally, will be continuing his education and playing soccer at Muskingum University.
Overall, 10 is a lot of senior leadership and soccer cleats to be replaced, but Warren fortunately is expected to have a nice nucleus of returning players in Aaron Mazurkiewicz, Wyatt Lynch, Seth Hall, Nate Robinson, Sam Goodman, Alex Miller, Ben Koch, Hayden Smith, and Kendrick Hendrix.
Warren boys soccer conditioning began Monday, July 8 at 6 p.m.
The Warrior booters are scheduled to have a camp at the high school in Vincent for grades 9-12 on July 21-24. The instructors will be former Muskingum University players Derik Craft, Patrick Normansell and Tyler Craft.
Warren will know more about itself when it kicks off the season against Marietta High at the Devola Soccer Complex at 7 p.m. Aug. 22. Last year, the Warriors were 2-1 versus Tigers, including a sectional overtime win.
The Warren girls only graduated four players from last season’s team, but they were all starters and all-league honorees to boot.
All-State honoree and SEOAL Player of the Year Melissa Dickerson (19 goals, 17 assists) and Mackenzie Ullman (9 goals, 2 assists) combined for 28 goals and 19 assists, while Jordanna Rauch and Addie Barnes were top-notch defenders.
Both Dickerson and Ullman will be competing on the pitch at the next level, at Rio Grande and West Liberty, respectively.
Rauch will be playing basketball at Marietta College.
Some of the Lady Warrior returnees are expected to be Raeli Barnes (14 goals, 8 assists), Raelyn Gardner (13 goals, 3 assists), Natalie O’Dell, Janelle Barth, Lara Eksi, Emma Yabs, Marissa O’Callaghan and Halee McPherson.