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Experience key for BHS soccer state title quest

Led by seven returning starters, the Bearden Bulldogs soccer team has its eyes set on a state championship season in 2006.

With solid chemistry and experience, the defending District 4-AAA champs look to build on its 17-5-5 record and state tourney appearance of a year ago.

“State championship every year is our main goal and our secondary goal is wanting to make state,” BHS head coach Eric Turner said. “Those are the two things that kind of consume our program and kind of how we judge ourselves ... that’s what the kids are working for.”

The returning starters include four seniors: Defender Khader Hamdallah, midfielder Andrew Hinkle, defender Jay Lutz and forward Rico Carter. Returning juniors are Brandon Wyrick on defense, Ryan Radcliffe at midfielder and goalkeeper Bryan Walker.

Several of those players —including Hinkle, Lutz, and Radcliffe — are playing new positions this year, and according to Turner a lot of the BHS success this season will be decided by how well they adjust to the new positions.

“We do have some new people starting in some new positions and we have moved a lot of people around so we are going to see how that goes,” the coach said. “We are going to be like last year and be able to challenge anyone on a given day and anyone should be good enough to beat us on a given day, we just have to show up every day and make sure we are ready to play.”

Newcomers to the starting lineup include senior defender Phillip Andreae, junior forward Nathan Zivi, junior midfielder Cesar Ruiz and sophomore forward Tom Webster.

Others expecting to see a lot of playing time this year include sophomore forward Aaron Schoenfeld, junior midfielder Jordan Hanks, junior midfielder Scott Hemmingway and sophomore forward Kevin Davis.

“This year I think we are well-rounded, we have a lot of returning players. We don’t have a lot of returning starters but we have a lot of guys that played a lot,” Turner said. “We have a real good chemistry right now. ...”

“Our seniors and our upper-classmen are really doing a good job of getting the season started right and getting us in the right frame of mind.”

Assistant coach is Linda Radcliffe. Managers are Craig Cook and Robert DeBusk.


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