Northwest 1B League Team Previews – 2015

PROVIDENCE CLASSICAL CHRISTIAN HIGHLANDERS

Head Coach: Nathan Morris

2014 Record: 16-4-0

2014 Rankings: Offense – 2nd (State) – 1st (League) – Defense – 4th (State) – 1st (League)

With Joe Moisant and Judah Wesel returning the transition on offense for the Highlanders should be eased after they lose many talented and impressive seniors, including Cole Butaud, Matthew Morris and Matthew Moisant. Joe Moisant is a skilled and intelligent player. The defense will still be solid but will look a little different with All-State Player Aidan Walsh and GK Paul Johnson graduated.

The offense has led the charge for Providence as they have made themselves a staple in the playoffs and state tournament. This year the Highlanders will have to count on an experienced defense and midfield being dominant from game one until the forwards work themselves out. The defense will also need to be strong until a goalkeeper cements his place, especially in a league and district that will be a close race all season.

Key Players (Career Stats)

Wesley Su (Sr., D)

Judah Wessel (Sr., MF) – 15 goals, 6 assists

Matthew Litalien (Sr., MF) – 5 goals, 1 assist

Kyle Johnson (Sr., MF) – 3 goals, 1 assist

Michael Walsh (Sr., MF) – 2 goals, 3 assists

Joe Moisant (Jr., MF) – 26 goals, 24 assists

Landon Butaud (So., MF) – 5 goals, 3 assists

Justin Hatcher (So., D) – 2 goals, 2 assists

Michael Howard (So., D) – 2 goals, 1 assist

GRACE ACADEMY Eagles

Head Coach: Mark Ruhlman

2014 Record: 14-8-0

2014 Rankings: Offense – 4th (State) – 2nd (League) – Defense – 6th (State) – 2nd (League)

Jeremiah Lee and his record-setting and dominant skill has graduated, along with other key players like goalie Isaiah VanDam and Drew Ridewood. Returning players benefited greatly from a year of experience with the likes of those players. Chase Zachry will emerge as the new offensive leader. The defense will need to rebuild after losing three key starters, all who garnered postseason honors. Speed will be present on defense with many of the Eagle track runners likely to feature.

This has been a very good team over the past four years. The defense experience will be a strength this year. Set pieces without Jeremiah Lee, Joe Zak, and Drew Ridewood will need to improve. The development and direction of the offense will determine the success the Eagles have this season. With a loaded schedule as always in the Northwest District, the offense will need to lead the transition or results could be average.

Key Players (Career Stats)

Jared Rock (Jr., D) – 5 goals, 3 assists

Gerrit VanBeek (Jr., D) – 1 assist

Megan Gardner (So., MF) – 2 goals, 4 assists

Chase Zachry (So., MF/F) – 6 goals, 7 assists

LOPEZ ISLAND LOBOS

Things are very clear for Lopez Island in 2015. The offense must find some consistency in scoring goals and the defense needs to get better. The coaches have made impressive steps with this team in just a few short years, but how they develop in 2015 will be unknown until the Lobos hit the field. The big question however, is who will replace first team all-league and Lopez’s go-to player Cosmos Cordova. Without him, Lopez may struggle.

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