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Glover expects Columbus North boys soccer to be strong again

August 18, 2014
Columbus North High School

            Back for more in 2014.

            Despite graduating 13 players from a squad that went 19-1-1 and was ranked first in Indiana throughout much of 2013, the Columbus North boys’ soccer team again looks to be one of the state’s top programs.

            Several regulars from last season’s squad figure to be leaders this time in midfielder Brayton Thornburg, back Andrew Gold, back/forward Jerrett Stark, midfielder Tyler Heathcote and ultra-versatile Sam Snider. Thornburg, Gold and Stark are seniors, while Heathcote and Snider are juniors.

            Others set for significant roles are senior midfielder Jason Fier, senior forward Byron Barger, junior midfielder-forward Alan Rodriguez and junior goalkeeper Ty Bentham. Another set to contribute is senior midfielder Vince Grana, whom coach Andy Glover said “has the athleticism to be a fine player. Either way, we are delighted to have him on the team.”

            The core group looks to be a solid one.

            “Brayton, Jason, Jerrett, Andrew and Tyler are proving to be dependable and consistent players,” Glover said. “We need to find the players with the finishing touch. Between the 18s, these players will make us tough to beat.”

            Still, the coach knows every season is a new one.

            “Each season brings new challenges, and the construct needs to be altered to optimize on what the (given year’s) team can achieve,” he said. “As players go through a four-year experience, this can be tough. I’m quite proud of the leadership of this team.”

            This season’s schedule includes two new events – the Great Midwest Invitational at North Central and the Conference Indiana Tournament. The Bull Dogs will face the host Panthers and Fort Wayne Canterbury at the Great Midwest event on Sept. 12-13. CN will face two league opponents in the CI Tournament on Sept. 27.

The season opens at 7 p.m. Tuesday with a home match against East Central at the Richard Wigh Complex. That is something for which Glover and his players are eager.

            “I’m looking forward to seeing how the team competes,” Glover said. “The effort is there, and the gaps I’ve noticed in terms of comprehension of how our team plays are closing. At this point, we need a match to serve as a frame of reference.”


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