The best midfield have been led by dominant Senior and Junior classes and midfields that look dangerous in 2016 have all same pedigree that previous teams have ridden to success.
1- Providence Classical Christian – Two words are needed to explain why the Highlanders are ranked 1st. Joe Moisant. His 40+ goals return for a senior trip and coupled with Justin Hatcher, the Highlanders are poised for a strong season.
2- Prescott – The Tigers can flat out play and will be the favorites to win the championship with their experienced playmakers in Christian Caro and Jose Gonzalez.
3-Mount Vernon Christian – Four of five starting midfielders return from a final four team in 2015. Seniors Caleb Twedt, Bryson Smith, Caleb Smith and junior Levi Gott will be tough for any team to match in terms of size and experience in the midfield.
4- Northwest Christian – The freshmen are a year older and year more experienced. Cameron Weller, Brayden Tucker and a troop of others have the Crusaders poised to head back to the State Tournament, but also ready to compete for the foreseeable future.
5- Crosspoint Academy – Jackson Kimmel and Hunter Feldbush are dangerous offensively, and Aydan Laurion and Matt Kelley provide strong defensive midfield support. They will be back in the State Tournament.
Defense wins Championships. This has been the case for the last three seasons in the 2B/1B ranks. Bear Creek in 2013, Mount Vernon Christian in 2014, and Saint George’s in 2015 each gave up less than 10 goals over the course of the season in which they won the State Championship, featured returning defenders with All-State pedigrees and ultimately had goalkeepers that earned shutouts. We look now at the best defensive units on paper for the 2016 season.
1 – Tacoma Baptist Crusaders – Key Returners: GK- Parker Talen (Jr.); Defenders – Ryan Ratliff (Jr) and Jeffrey Solis (Jr)
The tough as nails Tacoma Baptist defense did not concede a playoff in 2015 until they dropped the final match to the SGS Dragons. With the spine of this defense in returning more of the same dominance can be expected in 2016.
2- Crosspoint Academy Warriors – Key Returners: Defender- Matthew Kelley; Goalkeeper – Josh Millermon
The third place finish in 2015 was a massive impressive from previous seasons and much of that success can be attributed to growth the Warriors made in limiting their opponents scoring opportunities. Joshua Millermon was also impressive in a number of shootout victories.
3- Saint George’s School Dragons – Key Returners: Goalkeeper – Noah Halliburton-Link; Defender – Connor Cremers
The Dragons had one of, if not the best, defensive pairing seen at this level in Matt Arlt and Collin Cremers. They will be impossible to replace but a goalkeeper and defender that won the State Championship returned and cannot be easily ignored.
4- Prescott Tigers – Key Returners: Defender- Fernando Lopez
The Tigers lose three seniors on defense and need to find a consistent presence in the net, but with Fernando Lopez returning and players like Christian Caro capable of dropping into defense or goal, the Tigers will be solid across the backline as they look to return to Sumner.
5- Providence Classical Christian Highlanders – Key Returners: Jackson Morris GK
PCC lost a heartbreaker to Crosspoint to be limited from the state tournament but their defensive performance over the course of the year was impressive, with first year starting goalie Jackson Morris racking up 10 shutouts. How he does with an inexperienced defense in front of him remains to be seen, but one can’t argue that 10 shutouts is impressive and bodes well for 2016.