Hammond Boys Looking To Make Forward Move
Lisbon Central ran the table for a 12-0 NAC West Boy Soccer title in last fall and returns nine of 11 starters for the current COVID-19 delayed season which begins on Friday.
Hammond Central will be one of a group of teams who also return a deep core of proven
players and will be at home on Friday to host another promising team in Heuvelton.
"We have a good group of 20 kids and several have played a lot of soccer. They are great to coach and they are working hard. I think we can improve upon last season. It is just great to have the kids back playing" said Hammond Coach Kevin Toland who led the Red Devils to a 5-7 record last season.
"Lukas McQueer in goal and Logan Tate in the midfield will give us excellent leadership and I am looking for Cooper Bennett to step in the striker position and have a great season. And sophomore Zane Washburn is a very good soccer player and will step into the sweeper role for us."
Other projected starters for the Devils are: senior Austin McCarty and sophomore Cody Howard on the wings, sophomore Tyler Fleming and senior Brandon LaRock at outside halfbacks, senior Zach Richard at stopper and juniors Kennon Gardner and Logan Jones at outside fullbacks.
Also prepared to make solid contributions are: sophomore Mark Durham at forward, senior Matt Hodgdon at midfield and defense, sophomore Nolan Gardner at forward, sophomore Ethan Niles at halfback, sophomore Samuel Pease as a promising backup goaltender, sophomore defender Aiden Hunter, freshman forward Kameron Toland, freshman halfback Dominic Perretta and freshman defender Terin Rosenbarker.