The Park View High School varsity boys’ soccer team has been one of the teams to beat in the Tri-Rivers District over the past few seasons and nothing looks any different this year. The Dragons however would love to extend their stay in regional play.
“As always, our goals are to try to keep the team healthy, free from injuries, firmly grounded, and committed to working hard so that we can be successful as a team and finish with a winning season,” said Park View Coach Trudy Gentry. “We want to work hard during district play so that we can finish in the top four of the region and try to extend our regional play beyond what we did last year.”
Park View returns a strong core of athletes led by seniors – Jaydon Turner, Edenilson Gonzalez, Aris Allen, Aaron Reamey, Jaykuan Brandon, Jaleal Davis and Shaydon Roque.
Juniors that return include Chance Melton, Jesse Moore, Juwan Jones Joel Nielson and Noah Nielson.
The Dragons had a number of freshmen standouts last season. Returning sophomores include Eli Fadool, Jacob Fadool, Adam Crabel, Ethan Edmonds, Hagen Vaughan, Justin Zincone and Salvador Adrian-Gutierrez.
“We think we have a pretty good core team again this year and we will be expecting big contributions from these players,” said Gentry. “Each of them will have to really work hard and step up their game, which we believe they are quite capable of doing.”
Newcomers to the program include freshmen Kevon Goins, Chris Hayer and Rogelio Hernandez who will help at the midfield/forward positions. Freshman Colin Malone will help on defense as will sophomore newcomers Nathan Reamey and Noah Winer.
Senior Jabin Walker returns for Park View after a year off.
Hagen Vaughan will serve as the primary goalie for the Dragons with Aris Allen serving as the backup.
“We are expecting to have a successful season but we know that we will have to work hard and that returning players will have to step up their game,” said Gentry. “We lost some key players to graduation last year and their shoes will be hard to fill; namely Luke Wilson, Marctavious Holmes, Sherwood Baskerville and Christian Janson.”
Gentry said the Dragons know they will get their opponents’ best effort every take they take the field.
“We will not take any team for granted,” sad Gentry. “I think the teams in our district are improving every year. Southampton, Greensville, and Windsor will be strong. Brunswick seems to always cause us problems and Franklin has gotten better the last two years too. We will play Colonial Heights twice this year and our teams are pretty equally matched so they should be good games for both teams. We know we must work hard and stay focused to get any win this season.”
Longtime varsity assistant coach Pepe Pacheco also returns this season.