Last year’s senior class at Andover Central left their mark on the history books. The Jaguars made their first state championship game in program history, while setting records for best record (17-4), fewest goals conceded (17), and most shutouts (11). The senior class was a large one, as the Jaguars lost 10 athletes to graduation this spring.
“I feel as though we have the talent to replace the ten seniors that graduated from the team that went to the state tournament the past two seasons,” said Andover Central head coach Steven Huskey.
“The challenge will be replacing their attitude and self belief. That groups had so much experience and such a positive mindset that they were able to accomplish some really awesome achievements.”
Davis Joseph, Andover Central’s first team All-State goalkeeper, is back for his fourth season as a varsity starter.
“His leadership and ability to make incredible saves will be relied on more than ever,” explained Huskey.
Davis, along with Max Wurth and Jack Benedict are the three senior captions who will provide leadership to the Jaguars this season.
“Max is our team’s engine and has been crucial to our ability to make the past two late postseason runs. He’s able to cover so much ground in midfield, and is the driving voice pushing our players past their limits. Jack Benedict might be our most technically gifted player on the team, and he’s always so calm and composed on the field. Like Davis, Jack had started every game since his freshman year so he has an incredible amount of experience that he can use to continue pushing our team toward our goals,” added Huskey.
The Jaguars kicked off their season at home on Friday night with a thrilling 2-1 double overtime victory over Pittsburg, and will be in action again on Monday, Aug. 27 at Rose Hill.