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Solid indication that soccer should improve
SoVaNow.com / March 14, 2013There are solid indications that Halifax County High School varsity boys soccer should enjoy marked improvement this spring.
“Expecting big things this year with seven seniors and seven juniors leading the way. We have experience and with 10 returning players and seven solid players coming up from our jayvee program, I really like what we have in each position,” coach Frank Shealy said.
Defensively, the Comets will be strong with returning starters Sergio Carballo, Nick Zanarini, and Evin Morrison in the backfield. HCHS also welcomes Brandon Claiborne and Kyle Lacks that had an outstanding season for the jayvee squad at defense last year.
The midfield will be controlled by Keith Crews, Morrison, and Erik Gomez with others like Edgar Rodriguez and Austin Lowe playing a lot of minutes. Joey and Peter Gasperini, Aaron Little, Grey Moser, Josh Dixon, and Andrew Leigey will all get time at wing and in many other positions as HCHS experiments with the lineups in the scrimmages and practice leading up to the regular season.
Up top, Jason Dennis and Larry Taylor will get a lot of playing time as the season begins, while Collin Kashmer is nursing a hip injury and Lacks will move up as situations allow.
Isak Schafer starts at goal. “He is a solid keeper and we are looking for him to step up vocally to help run the defense,” said Shealy.
HCHS named Carballo as the captain to start the year. He was a captain as a junior and the coaching staff is looking for other leaders to take the other captain band.
The coaching staff this year includes Marcus Hargrave, a returning coach that has been with Shealy for several years now and provides positive encouragement for the players and has a vast knowledge of the game from his years as a high school, collegiate, and professional player.
Josh Fallen has also come on board this year and played for Shealy a number of years ago and currently holds the Halifax scoring record for soccer. Fallen also played in college. Fallen is looking to tryout as a professional later this year. HCHS also have Steven Harmon as our goalie coach. He played goalie for Shealy when he first started coaching at Halifax and has been one of the best the Comets have had in that position.
“We really need (Harmon) with two young goalies. Schafer is a Freshman and our starting jayvee goalie is an eighth grader, so (Harmon’s) experience and guidance is much needed,” said Shealy.
“All of this and Mario Sadler running the jayvee program and also coaching our younger players on a travel team will build this program. We have a had a ‘shot in the arm’ so to speak this year and the coaches are excited to get this season under way,” said Shealy.
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