Miami-Dade High School boys' soccer

Previewing the 2012-13 Miami-Dade High School boys' soccer season

 

KEY DATES

Jan. 15-18: GMAC tournament

Jan. 21-25: Districts

Jan. 30: Regional quarterfinals

Feb. 2: Regional semifinals

Feb. 5: Regional finals

Feb. 8: State semifinals

Feb. 15-16: State finals at Melbourne Central Catholic

DEFENDING STATE CHAMPIONS

Class 5A: Cypress Bay; 4A: Orange Park Fleming Island; 3A: Plantation American Heritage; 2A: Melbourne West Shore; 1A: Tampa Prep.

SEASON OUTLOOKS – CLASS 5A

1. FERGUSON – Coach: Jose Aguilar; Last season: 20-3-2, Class 5A regional finals; Top players: Carlos Sanchez (jr. M); Giovanni Herrera (sr. F); Douglas Guerra (jr. D); Noteworthy: Only seven players return, including just two starters. But team still has a talented senior-junior core.

2. CORAL REEF – Coach: Abiodun Adeyemi; Last season: Class 14-4-3; 5A regional quarterfinals; Top players: Jonathan Rizkalla (sr. F); David Faredes (jr. D); Jean Paul Lopez (sr. D); Noteworthy: Junior midfielder Austin Ruel is another talent on a team that relies on defense.

3. MIAMI BEACH – Coach: Edgar Botto; Last season: 13-5-3; Top players: Tomas Moffatt (sr. F); Giovanni Araujo (sr. D); Jhan Guzman (sr. D); Noteworthy: This team plays solid defense, and Moffatt, who had 8 goals and 10 assists, is the playmaker.

4. PALMETTO – Coach: Hart Baur. Last season: N/A. Top players: Kevin Haller (jr. F); J.C. Contorrakes (jr. D); Denis Tomazzi (sr. D); James Bruce (sr. F).

5. SUNSET – Coach: Kevin Myers; Last season: 10-6-2; Top players: Juan Marquez (sr. M); Jonathan Ochoa (sr. M); Fernando Hernandez (jr. D); Noteworthy: Knights should be solid core three and also sophomore keeper Chris Armendariz (six shutouts) and junior forward Jonathan Diaz (12 goals).

6. VARELA – Coach: Juan Monge. Last season: 6-7-5. Top players: Santiago Gonzalez (sr. F); Kevin Pizzolo (jr. M); Santiago Restrepo (sr. M); Daniel Feon (jr. M). Noteworthy: New coach Monge has talent to get Vipers back in playoff hunt.

7. CORAL PARK – Coach: Michel Fotso; Last season: 7-9; Top players: Juan Ganan (sr. M); Kelby Zambrano (sr. M); Emmanuel Castaneda (jr. M); Noteworthy: Ganan (15 goals, 12 assists) leads a strong midfield. Coach thinks Rams will surprise.

8. COLUMBUS – Coach Michael Stewart. Last season: 4-4-11. Top players: Danny Del Rio (jr. M/F); Alejandro Pita (jr. M/F); Max Palenzuela (sr. GK); Joey Tolgyesi (so. D). Noteworthy: Team will be on the road most of season with home field available only twice.

9. KROP – Coach: Tomas Gonzalez; Last season: N/A. Top players: Agustin Agiel (so. M); Dan Cohen (fr., M); Getro Alexandre (so., M); Rendy Vincent (so., M). Noteworthy: Solid defensive team led mostly by sophomores.

10. SOUTH MIAMI – Coach: Victor Arias; Last season: 4-1-12; Top players: Facundo Centurion (so. F); Hebert Wilson (jr. D); Jonathan Flores (jr. M); Noteworthy: New coach Arias said this is a deep and talented that should win its district despite its youth.

CLASS 4A

1. AMERICAN – Coach Richard Pelaez; Last season: 22-3-2, Class 4A state semifinals: Top players: Daniel Zuluaga (sr. G); Alberto Oyaga (sr. M); William Millan (sr. D); Noteworthy: Seven starters return, but American must replace Francisco Aguirre, who scored 37 goals and was Dade’s Player of the Year.

2. BELEN – Coach: Tanger Mendonca; Last season: 16-7-2, Class 4A regional semifinals; Top players: Eduardo Valle (sr. F); Kevin Gonzalez (sr. F); Frankie De La Camara (fr. M); Noteworthy: Six starters return, and nine talented freshmen have arrived.

3. HOMESTEAD – Coach: Marco Siervo; Last season: 8-6; Top players: Francy Moreno (sr. F); Jose Alegre (sr. M); Joshue Almanza (sr. D); Noteworthy: Eight players return, and four experienced seniors start. Strength of the team is offense.

4. WESTLAND HIALEAH – Coach: Gregory Solano; Last season: 9-7-2; Top players: Maykol E. Valdes (sr. M); Kenneth Rosales (sr. M); Tito Herrera (jr. D); Noteworthy: Coming off the school’s first winning season, this fifth-year program lost just two players to graduation. Five seniors have been on varsity for four years.

5. MATER ACADEMY – Coach: Arlington Teheran. Last season: 3-11-4. Top players: Gustavo Ramon (sr. F/GK); Erasmo Tejeda (jr. D); Brandon Chiquillo (8th, M); Norman Contreras (sr. D).

CLASS 2A

1. GULLIVER – Coach: Matias Asorey; Last season: 19-1-2, Class 2A regional finals; Top players: Jesus Bolivar (jr. D); Lou Diego (jr. F); Alex Moztarzadeh (so. F); Noteworthy: Raiders have only three seniors, but this team is solid at all positions.

2. RANSOM EVERGLADES – Coach: Dave Villano; Last season: 25-3-1, Class 2A regional semifinals; Top players: Casey Colucci (sr. M); Jeremy Peters (sr. D); David Goldstein (sr. D); Noteworthy: A solid nucleus returns, especially on defense.

3. LA SALLE – Coach: Jorge San Miguel; Last season: 8-8-2; Top players: Alejandro Cardenas (jr. G); Bryan Defreitas (jr. M); Chris Bared (jr. D); Noteworthy: Junior midfielder Otto Quiroz is another talented player who has San Miguel feeling optimistic.

4. TERRA – Coach: Steven Rojas; Last season: 8-8-2; Top players: Thomas Barreiro (jr. F); Cristian Jimenez (sr. M); Christian Urrego (jr. D); Noteworthy: Barreiro (17 goals, 5 assists) leads a speedy and balanced attack. This should be the best team in school’s brief history.

5. ST. BRENDAN – Coach: Ray Del Toro. Last season: 6-11. Top players: Julian Quinones (so. GK); Badid Merheg (jr. M).

6. JACKSON – Coach: Josue Sakata; Last season: 3-8-3; Top players: Leivin Cabrera (jr. D); Maximilian Tejera (sr. F); Ramon Avalos (so. D); Noteworthy: Tejera and junior Charlie Aguilera form a promising duo of forwards.

CLASS 1A

1. MIAMI COUNTRY DAY – Coach: Jeff Watson; Last season: 14-6-4, Class 1A regional quarterfinals; Top players: Connor Quinton (sr. D); Eduardo Macedo (sr. F); Pablo Mejia (so. M); Noteworthy: After a one-year retirement, Watson returns to lead a team that could make it to state if it finds a reliable goalie.

2. PALMER TRINITY – Coach: Scott du Feu; Last season: 8-9-1, Class 1A regional semifinals; Top players: Lucas Pagano (sr. F); Daniel du Feu (jr. G); Francisco Bunge (jr. M); Noteworthy: Team graduated seven seniors and also lost a couple of talented underclassmen.

3. HILLEL – Coach: Ben Magidson; Last season: 10-6; Top players: Aaron Franco (so. M); Daniel Furmanski (jr. M); Julian Ribak (so. F); Noteworthy: District champs two of the past three years, there are no seniors on this team.

4. ARCHBISHOP CURLEY – Coach James DePiro. Last season: 8-9-1. Top players: Distephano Accilien (sr. F); Heriberto Patino (sr. F); Dino Lefevre (sr. M); Tyshawn Hooks (sr. D).

5. HEBREW ACADEMY – Coach: Geoff Harte. Last season: 3-10. Top players: Abraham Bibas (so. M); Noah Deutch (sr. D); Roy Israelov (8th, D); Ariel Gringarten (sr. M).

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