Boys Varsity Soccer
Nothing short of success is expected from Columbus North boys soccer, and the Bull Dogs again figure to be a strong unit defensively in 2015.
The offense? That may be a work in progress to begin the season, especially considering that coach Andy Glover’s squad again will face a rigorous schedule that includes Cathedral, Columbus East, Westfield, Southport, Avon, Center Grove, Carmel and Bloomington South on the agenda.
All are capable squads and figure to test the Bull Dogs, who went 14-4-2 and captured Conference Indiana Tournament and sectional titles last season but graduated 11 players from that team.
Senior Tyler Heathcote, who totaled seven points on three goals and one assist, is CN’s top returning scorer. Classmates set to help include Sam Snider (one goal, two assists), Alex Davidson (one goal, one assist), Mason Shaffer and goalkeeper Ty Bentham (0.42 goals against average). Snider, Davidson and Shaffer helped form the wall in front of Bentham that posted 13 shutouts in 20 outings last time.
Others seniors expected to contribute are Lucas McGill, Kevin Morales and goalkeeper Preston Grimes, while more help is available from a number of underclassmen. Those with some varsity experience in that group are sophomore Rico Hollenkamp (one goal, one assist) and junior Jake Osborne.
Those hopeful of stepping into the lineup include juniors Cameron Phillips, Nick Beales, Robert Pflueger and Sam LaVelle, sophomores Jack Robertson, Axel Arroyo, Kaemon Jiles and Finn and Jannis Anderson, and freshmen Alex McGill and Zack Friend.
“The strength of our schedule will help us be more prepared when sectionals, regionals and even state rolls around,” LaVelle said. “This should be a confidence builder.”
The Bull Dogs open the season on Tuesday at East Central. The home opener is Thursday against Bloomington North at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex. CN then hosts Cathedral on Aug. 27 before facing Columbus East in the annual rivalry game on Aug. 29.
-- article by CN senior Anthony Rork