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Stars Webster, Schoenfeld lead reloading BHS soccer program


Despite having a pair of superstar forwards with lots of experience, Bearden High School boys soccer is facing what head coach Eric Turner said is its biggest rebuilding job in years.

“This is huge for us, I’d say this has probably been the biggest influx of new people and loss of older people,” said Turner, 2007 statewide Coach of the Year as both the BHS boys and girls coach who is entering his 11th year with the boys.

“We lost 11 seniors off last year’s team ... one of the biggest classes we’ve had graduate,” Turner added. “Eight of those starters with the bulk of that being our defense, we lost all of our defenders and all of our starting midfielders.

“And our goalie [All-state Bryan Walker}. We’ve got four starters returning.”

Having won three Class AAA state titles and one national crown (184-38-15 record), Turner’s 2007 SoccerDawgs finished as Class AAA state runners-up (25-3-1) after winning the crown in 2006.

With All-American forward Tom Webster, 2007 Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee, and All-state forward Aaron Schoenfeld “you’ve got two seniors who are highly acclaimed that are going to be tough for people to stop,” Turner said. “That’s going to be really the strength of our team.”

Turner throws junior Ryan Campbell into the mix “as our third forward,” and includes senior forward Alex Widmer as another threat.

“We’re expecting those guys to pretty much carry the load this year until our defense kinda gets worked out and our midfield gets worked out to be successful,” Turner added. “We know our forwards are going to be hard to contain, so hopefully ... that’s going to put enough pressure on teams that they won’t be able to commit as much to the attack.”

Turner said two other starters return: Patrick Harmony, sophomore defender/midfielder who was second-team All-District 4-AAA as a freshman, and Aaron Atkisson, junior outside midfielder/defender.

Sophomore Alex Wilkerson, a freshman letterman, will start in the midfield, as will junior Scott Norman. Junior Tyler Koulavong “will be another player getting a lot of time in the middle of the field,” Turner said. “We’re also looking at Kevin Davis [senior] in the middle.”

Defensively, senior Justin Nash will start at outside fullback, while senior Eric Bidinger will start “as a central defender.”

Freshman Seth Williams “is penciled in as the other outside defender,” Turner said. “He’s had a very good preseason so far.”

Junior Miles Goodman will fill big shoes as the new goalkeeper. “He’s the guy we’re going to be counting on to pick up where Bryan left off last year,” Turner said.

The key? “The main key for us is to how quickly we can get everyone integrated into our system,” Turner said. “How quickly do we get over the mistakes we know we’re going to make early in the season.”

Other SoccerDawgs looking to contribute are Evan Simpson, Andrew Sullivan, Sebastian Kimball, D.J. Pleasant, Issac Gwin, Xander Thumler, Billy Miller, Billy York, Ben Foster, Chris Herndon, Nick Sisco, Arik Jenkins, Ian Little, Landon Burke, Garrett Ball, Ryan Ramsey, Carter Wykoff, Sean Yoder, Ben Ferguson, Adam Wojnar, Jamie White and Will Noggle.

Assistant coach: Linda Radcliffe.

 

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