Southeast League Team Previews – 2015

Dayton Bulldogs

State Rank: 25

Southeast Rank: 3

The coaching staff has this program going in the right direction after being more competitive in matches in 2014. Still, the question remains whether the Bulldogs can take more steps to become contenders in Eastern Washington. The defense will be looked to give them a chance, but an offense with few goal scorers returning may prevent any giant leaps forward.

2013 Positional Ranking – Offense – 25th (State), 3rd (League) – Defense – 22nd (State), 3rd (League)

Waitsburg/Prescott Tigers

State Rank: 1

Southeast Rank: 1

The Tigers lose Ernesto Valdovinos, Sergio Gonzalez and Jose Paniagua on offense. What is left is a group that is very talented. Ivan Figueroa will be the workhorse for the offense with Luis Garcia providing support. The Tigers will have depth in the midfield with many players having playing experience. Improvement from the defense that ranked 3rd in the state will be key.

WP has never had a losing season in their program history and marched into the State Championship game before falling to Mount Vernon Christian, so expectations will still be high in 2015. But a young offense and a midfield that losses key personnel will likely keep the Tigers from being as dominant as they were in 2014. A 4th straight trip to Sumner is a very possible achievement nonetheless and their experience makes them favorites to win the whole thing in 2015.

Coach: Mark Grimm (58-19-2) 4 years

2013 Positional Ranking – Offense – 3rd (State), 1st (League) – Defense – 3rd (State), 1st (League)

Key Returners (Career Stats)

Luis Garcia (Sr., M) – 35 goals, 16 assists

Rodrigo Gonzalez (Sr., D,M,F) – 16 goals, 14 assists

Manny Sanchez (Sr., F/M) – 4 goals, 1 assist

Alberto Mendez (Sr., D) – 5 goals, 9 assists

Christian Caro (Jr., GK) – 11 goals, 1 assist, 10 shutouts

Tyler Fedderson (Jr., F) – 4 goals

Ivan Figueroa (Jr., F) – 46 goals, 13 assists

Oscar Garcia (Jr., GK) – 4 shutouts

Ricardo Flores (So., MF) – 14 goals, 6 assists

Chris Gutierrez (So., MF) – 1 goal, 2 assists

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