Even though Steven Huskey is in his first year as head coach of the Andover Central boy’s soccer team, he doesn’t seem to be short on confidence about his team’s potential for the 2014 season.
“Our team has the players capable of putting together the first winning season in the past three years,” Huskey said in a statement in the AVCTL Andover Central preview. “Beyond that we should expect to compete against each team on our schedule. The players will be the key to our success, and the question is whether their work this summer will prove to be the deciding factor. The keys will be having our players work together and finding a formation that maximizes our best qualities.”
Coming off a 4-14 season a year ago, Huskey is going to have a plethora of players to chose from in regards to forming a cohesive unit to help the Jaguars get over the .500 mark, as Andover Central is returning 10 starters from a season ago.
Those starters include senior defender Jace Peckham, senior defender Miles Redfern, senior goal keeper Andy Robles, senior forward Jake Lewallen, senior forward Ryan Maddex, junior midfielder Renton Williams, junior midfielder Brennan Kubick, junior midfielder Anthony Genovese, sophomore midfielder Jacob Meeker and sophomore midfielder Keaton McLean.
Other players that are expected to contribute for Andover Central are sophomore midfielder Cameron McFadden, freshman midfielder Jacob Cromly and freshman forward Bryce Fimreite.
But just because the talent is in place doesn’t mean that Huskey and the Jaguars will be overlooking any opponents.
“We must respect each team in our league because each team’s performance can change quickly,” Huskey said. “Plenty will depened on how teams have fared over the summer with replacing their graduating seniors with incoming players.”