The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio


August 17, 2013

2013 Area Boys Soccer Preview: Best foot forward

Area teams are ready for the season


Grand Valley

The Mustangs lose just three players from last year’s team and look to build of a 4-9-2 season with a large group of returning players.

Leading the pack are senior midfielders Zack Utz, Peter Trapp and Josh Furristal.

Defense looks to be the strength for coach Holly Hull’s team.

“Defense — we have a strong defense this year along with team work, hard work and a developing offense — we hope to be successful,” he said.

Also returning are juniors Baley Hull (midfielder), Dustyn Anderson (forward), Chelsa McArdle, Samantha Truckly (goalie), Justine Stugl (defender) and Nick Bukhammer (midfielder).

Add to that a large group of sophomores — Cedric Shutts (midfielder), Mike Miller (midfielder), Ashley Allman (forward), Max Overberger (midfielder), Jeffrey Russell (forward) and Taylor Huffman.

Behind the strength of her returning lettermen, Hull looks for the Mustangs to be more competitive in the NAC this season.

“We hope to be competitive in the NAC this season,” he said. “We are hoping for a winning record this year. We have a talented group of returning lettermen and a promising freshman class to help us attain our goals.”


In his second season with the Dragons, coach Andrew K. Austin is looking for his team to improve upon last year’s 3-13-1 record.

Back are seniors Floran Kololli, Andrew Steen and Jake Cimorelli as well as juniors Jordan Wallace, Trevor Bartone and sophomores Armend Kololli and Carlos Hernandez.

But the success of the season seems to rely on how the underclassmen perform, of which there are 15 looking to play varsity.

“We have a lot of youth this year and a very unselfish team,” he said. “If they respect and trust each other they can go for this season. Having a year under my belt, I know this program is headed in the right direction.

“Hard work, dedication and positive attitudes will lead to success this year.”

Austin did not comment on the PAC, a conference the Dragons finished eighth in last year going 0-6.

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