The Swanton boys soccer team returns a strong core of players despite some key losses to graduation.
Leading the returnees is Riley Hensley, who was first team all-league last season as a freshman. Trevor Schaller is also back for the Dogs, after being named second team all-league.
Other returning letter winners for Swanton are Zach Schaller, Tanner Callicotte , Collin Cass, Jack Hutchinson, Cole Mortemore and Chase Moore.
“(A) strong core of players and their link-up play has been great,” said Rob Upham of the team’s strengths. “We return 8 letter winners from last year. I look for Riley Hensley and Trevor Schaller to be leading scorers for us.”
That strong core group of players can help lead to a successful season.
“They will need to work together and our top players are linking up well with each other,” said Upham. “Both coaches are excited to open league play with Liberty Center.”
The Bulldogs will have some holes to fill with letter winners lost including Tanner Prentice, Josh Adcock, A.J. Wolford, Noah Kokensparger, Levi Laurell, Gabe Burress, Joe Christopherson, and Nick Koback.
Having an inexperienced goalkeeper – Ethan Branum – will be a weakness, according to the second-year coach.
“He’s making great improvements every day,” said Upham. “A.J. Wolford was inexperienced as well. He led Swanton to a school record of 12 wins in a season. So I have faith in our coaches’ ability to produce again.”
Other newcomers to the team this year include Luke Christopherson and Brier Cook.
Upham said his team should finish in the top three in the Northwest Ohio Athletic League. “We have our eyes on Bryan,” he said. “That’s gonna be a battle for sure. Archbold is still the team to beat.”
Reach Drew Stambaugh at 419-335-2010