Boys Varsity Soccer
It looks to be a season of transition for Columbus North boys’ soccer in 2020.
With Andy Glover returning for his first season in a second stint as head coach, the Bull Dogs hope to step forward after posting a 7-10-1 record that included a 3-2-0 Conference Indiana slate a year ago.
“For me, all things look positive and we are taking strides in the right direction,” said Glover, who guided the program to a 133-37-22 ledger over nine seasons from 2009 through 2017. “In uncertain times, we are doing the best we can to recalibrate expectations.”
Fifteen players from last season’s varsity return. That group includes senior goalkeeper Colvin Iorio, junior Nathan White, senior Sam Larken, sophomore Anthony Johnson, junior Will Holliday and junior Jesse Williams.
Iorio posted a 1.88 goals against average in 1,358 minutes in goal, while White figures to move from the back line to a forward position with an ability to fire laser-rocket shots. Larken is a versatile player, while Johnson, Holliday and Williams each played significant minutes last time.
Other returnees include seniors Ricardo Navarro, Jesus Hernandez, Ben LaVelle, Mauricio Brito, junior Jacob Gilliam and sophomores Nathan Imlay, Flynn Keele, Trent Liggett and Mateo Mendez. JV veterans are senior Jorge Avila plus sophomores Colvin Iorio and Eduardo Cordova.
In addition, freshmen Aidan Whitley, Ian Jackson, Christian Cardoso, Nico Gotoh and Misaki Takemoto look to make an impact.
“We look to have a balanced team where we will play a lot of players,” Glover said. “Some things are pretty fluid right now, and we have a number of things to sort out.”
Nevertheless, the coach expresses confidence in the freshman group and what they will bring. He is hopeful of another run similar to his earlier tenure that produced four conference titles, seven sectional trophies, five regional crowns and three semi-state championships in addition to the state title.
“The ceiling is high over the next three to five years,” Glover said. “I am incredibly encouraged by the group as a whole, although we are working to address issues with climate and culture. Guys are working hard, and putting in the work has been a focal point for us.
“For this season, we are taking things one day at a time, and we want the team and its individuals to perform in the 95th percentile or higher all the time. That takes a lot of discipline and is difficult to do, but so far, our players are trying to do so.”
Columbus North opens its season at 11:30 a.m. Saturday (Aug. 15) with a CI game against Southport at Mary Bryan Elementary School in Indianapolis. The Bull Dogs then visit Bloomington North at 7:30 p.m. next Thursday (Aug. 20) with the home opener set against Avon at 7:30 p.m. next Saturday (Aug. 22).
The annual rivalry game will be Aug. 27 against Columbus East, while Center Grove visits on Sept. 1 and Carmel visits on Sept. 11. Other conference games are Sept. 5 at Terre Haute South, Sept. 19 against Terre Haute North and Sept. 22 at Bloomington South.
Ultimately, Glover wants this team to be playing its best at season’s end.
“We’re working on shape and how we use our skills individually during our training,” he said. “We’re trying to get those things correct now, so we can shift to more team-based details when we get to the latter part of the season.”
PHOTO: Nathan White (21) chases down a loose ball during a sectional game last season against Floyd Central. White figures to play forward in 2020 after a role as a defender in 2019.
COLUMBUS NORTH BOYS SOCCER
Head coach: Andy Glover
Assistant coaches: David Green, Sam LaVelle, Brayan Morales, Chris Morlock, Derek Stewart
Student manager: Martin Figueroa
2020 VARSITY ROSTER
# Name, Year, Position
00 Lukas Iorio, 10, GK
1 Colvin Iorio, 12, GK
2 Will Holliday, 11, M
3 Alex Ruiz-Cordova, 11, D/F
4 Jorge Avila, 12, D/F
5 Ben LaVelle, 12, D
6 Ricardo Navarro, 12, F
7 Sam Larken, 12, D/F
8 Mauricio Brito, 12, F
9 Jesus Hernandez, 12, D/F
10 Jesse Williams, 11, D/F
11 Nathan White, 11, D/F
12 Nico Gotoh, 9, D/F
13 Anthony Johnson, 10, M
14 Flynn Keele, 10, D/M
15 Jacob Gilliam, 12, D
16 Ian Jackson, 9, M
17 Nathan Imlay, 10, F
18 Mateo Mendez, 10, M
19 Christian Cardoso, 9, F
20 Eduardo Ruiz-Cordova, 10, D
21 Aidan Whitley, 9, M
22 Trent Liggett, 10, D
23 Misaki Takemoto, 9 M/F
2020 JUNIOR VARSITY ROSTER
# Name, Year, Position
00 Lukas Iorio, 10, GK
0 Dylan Diaz, 9, GK
1 Christopher Perez, 9, GK
2 Nico Gotoh, 9, M
3 Raul Oliveira, 9, D/M
4 Alejandro Alvarez, 10, M/F
6 Jack Warble, 9, M
7 Eduardo Ruiz-Cordova, 10, D/M
8 Ary Arroyo, 9, M
9 Michael Wolf, 10, F
10 Nico Fragante, 11, F
11 Isaiah Munn, 9, M
12 Sam Loheide, 9, D
15 David Chen, 9, M
16 Ryan Beck, 9, D
18 Oscar Ballinas, 10, D
19 Pavit Dhillon, 9, D
20 Derek Arau, 9 D
21 Marco Figueroa, 9, F
22 Carlos Mejia, 9, F
23 Misaki Takemoto, 9, M
2020 SCHEDULE (as of Aug. 13; subject to change)
Date: Opponent, JV time / Varsity time
Aug. 15: at Southport, 10 a.m. /11:30 a.m.
Aug. 20: at Bloomington North, 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 22: Avon (rw), 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Aug. 27: Columbus East (rw), 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 1: Center Grove (rw), 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 3: Franklin Central (rw), 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 5: at Terre Haute South, 11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 9: at Perry Meridian, 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 11: Carmel (bc), 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: East Central (bc), 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 19: Terre Haute North (bc), 11 a.m. / 12:30 p.m.
Sept. 22: at Bloomington South, 6 p.m. / 7:30 p.m.
Sept. 26: Zionsville Classic (two JV games, two varsity games), times TBA
Sept. 29: at Seymour, 5:30 p.m. / 7 p.m.
Oct. 5-10: Columbus East Sectional (bc), times TBA
Oct. 17: Seymour Regional, times TBA
Oct. 24: Seymour Semi-State, times TBA
Oct. 31: IHSAA State Finals, times TBA
rw – games at Richard Wigh Soccer Complex
bc – games at new BCSC Soccer Complex