Several area teams want to taste states again

The 2013 high school boys soccer season will kick off this week with a couple of area teams trying to get back to the PIAA playoffs, while others will have coaches entering their first or second years at their respective schools.

The Bedford Bisons were just one win shy of a PIAA Class AA championship game berth, while Philipsburg-Osceola was knocked out in first round of the PIAA playoffs. Both teams were eliminated by state runner-up Lancaster Mennonite, but hope to get back to the state tournament.

Meanwhile, second-year coaches Ken Kerchenske (Cambria Heights), Randy Trexler (Central) and Phil Hawkins (Huntingdon) hope to build on the efforts they each made in each of their first campaigns, while Everett coach Brad Zembower looks for his squad to play at a high level during his first year as head coach.

Here is a look at most of the area’s boys soccer teams:


Coach: Dave Alexander

Number of years as head coach: 19th season

League: None

Last year’s record: 6-8-4

Returning starters: Joe Smith, sr., keeper; Dean Maddox, sr., def.; Nick Thomas, jr., def.; Chad Allender, jr., mid.; Mike Zimmerman, sr., mid.; Danny Cowan, sr., for.; Kristian Mirenda, sr., for.

Other returnees: James McCaulley, sr., def.; Ryan Good, jr., mid.; Caleb Cox, so., for.; Calab Maraso, so., for.; Aaron Worley, so., def.; Zach Ardizzone, sr., mid.; Zachary Brower, jr., def.

Newcomers: Matt Cowan, fr., mid.; Evan Cardoza, fr., mid.; Leroy Henry, fr., def., Jacob Deterline, fr., keeper/def.

Strengths: “Seven returning starters, really good freshman group and a decent bench.”

Concerns: “Size and depth at certain positions.”

Overall outlook: “If we can stay healthy and work really hard we should have a decent year.”

Assistant coaches: Dave McCarter, Travis Young, Nick Dorsey

Jr. High coaches: Pat McDowell, Dave Holton


Coach: Jeff Thomas

Number of years as head coach: Third season, 39-4-2

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 21-2 overall; 14-1 LHAC

Returning starters: Seniors – Blake Baer, Garrett Thomas, Lalo Munoz. Juniors – Vaughn Robison.

Other returnees: Seniors – Kale Dively. Juniors – Alex Kendall, Brandon Ahlfeld. Sophomore – Josh Grimes, William Kachman.

Newcomers: Seniors – Luis Beal, Brandon Martin, Zach Gerber, Jordan Yingling,Brady Thomas, Sebastien Jene-Aluja, Jake Warren. Juniors – Logan Myslinski, Levi Felix, Noah Winesickle. Sophomores – Zane Baker, Brandon Woodring, Cody Rinehart, Ryan Wertz, Cody Eisaman, Kyle Leighty, Jon Gaberiei, Jake Barron, Jake Dull, Kamron Crosten. Freshmen – Gus Pyle, Logan Tew, Ken Wareham, Grant Browell, Austin Buzzard, Larry Showalter,William Bonn, Ross Duffus, Reggie Duffus.

Strengths: “This is a hard-working group of kids, and very unselfish. They are young and aggressive.”

Concerns: “None.”

Overall outlook: “We are getting better day by day and game by game. Our goal is to get back to the state tournament.”

Assistant coaches: Eric Nelson, Kyler Myers, Cory Thomas, Jackson Monsour

Bishop Carroll

Coach: Nick Damin

Number of years as head coach: 10th season, 44-114-6

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 8-9-2 (7-6-1 LHAC)

Returning starters: Alex Gruss, sr., mid.; Cody Randall, jr., mid.; Nick Lutz, jr., mid.; Ed Hegemann, jr., def.; Mitchell Hogue, so., keeper.

Other returnees: Alex Way, sr., str.; Ty Krug, sr., mid.; Matthew Bartoletti, jr., def.; Matthew Karlheim, jr., str.; Austin Feathers, jr., def.; Tony Anthony, jr., def.; Evan Rieg, so., mid.; Cole Crusciel, so., mid.; Alex Lee, so., str.

Newcomers: Colin Shable, sr., str.; Dom Palguta, sr., def.; C.J. Wiewiora, so., mid.; Cody Borek, so., def.; Jonathan Brethhauer, so., def.; Ryan Karlheim, fr., str.; Greg Shoemaker, fr., def.; Nathan Burk, fr., str.; Ryan Witham, fr., def.; Dakota Paul, fr., str.; Nate Krug, fr., mid.; Patrick Link, fr., def.

Strengths: “We return a lot of depth at midfield that should keep us in every game and give us a great chance to be successful.”

Concerns: “We graduated a lot of scoring as well as most of our defensive depth, so we will need to have players step up and fill those roles.”

Overall outlook: “This year’s team has a great attitude and has a strong understanding of the intricacies of the game. We expect a return to the playoffs this year and to compete for a district championship.”

Assistant coaches: Jade Zatek, David Romani, Mike Hegemann, Eric Gruss

Bishop Guilfoyle

Coach: Josh Eger

Number of years as head coach: Third season

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 3-15

Returning starters: Brendan Trybus, sr., for.; Kylor Kiesewetter, sr., mid; Justin Kirkland, sr., mid.; Alex Clarke, sr., def.; Jacob Dillen, so., mid.; Alex Gburek, so., mid.

Newcomers: Aaron Krol, sr., mid; Frank Macharola, sr., keeper; Kyle Lu, fr., for.; Ben Dumm, fr., mid.

Strengths: “Our strengths will mostly rely on the versatile abilities of senior captains Kylor Kiesewetter and Brendan Trybus. Other rising strengths will be the smooth, overall skill of sophomore Jacob Dillen, along with the very versatile play of Alex Gburek. Senior captain goalie Frank Macharola will make a huge impact for us this season.”

Concerns: “As always, numbers for our roster are a huge concern, along with first-year players who don’t realize how competitive this league is.”

Overall outlook: “With a team full of versatile players and an experienced goalie, our play this year should be competitive. With a low roster number, injuries must remain low and stamina high.”

Cambria Heights

Coach: Ken Kerchenske

Number of years as head coach: Second season, 7-9-3

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 7-9-3

Returning starters: Nathan Patrick, sr., mid.; Zach Strasser, sr., str.; Ryan Shaner, sr., mid.; Kamden Kruise, sr., mid.; Christian Bills, sr., mid.; Sam Waksmunski, sr., mid.; Jonathan Galinis, jr., mid.

Other returnees: Anthony Huber, sr., def.; Jed Price, sr., keeper/def.; Justin Shaner, jr., str.; Austin Duclos, jr., def.; Zach Lieb, jr., mid.; Brandon Soltis, jr., mid.; Sam Williams, jr., def.; Zachary Stoltz, jr., def.; Patrick Huber, so., keeper

Newcomers: Barnabas Faint, sr., keeper; Andrew Savering, so., mid.; Joe Sclesky, so., str.; Calem Illig, so., def.; Tyler Scott, fr., mid.; Matt Weimert, fr., mid./str.; Ryan Thomas, fr., def.; Justin Thomas, fr., def.

Strengths: “Our greatest strengths should be at the midfield and striker positions, where we are returning a number of players with varsity experience.”

Concerns: “Our entire starting defense, including our goalkeeper, graduated last year. We have capable replacements, but it will take time for them to learn to work together as a unit.”

Overall outlook: “We’ll certainly get better as the season goes on and our new starters will gain more varsity experience. If we play aggressively and win close games throughout the season, we expect to return to the District 6-AA playoffs.”

Assistant coaches: Adam Strasser, Mike Strasser, Steve Krug

Jr. High coaches: Bob Diamond, Ken Bobak


Coach: Randy Trexler

Number of years as head coach: Second season, 1-13

League: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 1-13

Returning starters: Tannar Belles, Daniel Clapper, Ben Decker, Connor Gahagan, Tristen Greenland, Conner Johnson, Zach Johnston, Jacob Mellott, Eric Trexler

Other returnees: T.J. Rice, Michael Madden

Newcomers: Dalton Musselman, Gavin Northern, Rodolfo Santos, Caleb Stern, Ben Smith, Bradlee Traxler

Strengths: “Large number of returning players, including some skilled and experienced incoming players.”

Concerns: “Defense remains suspect and they will have to prove themselves early in the season. Lineup changes will be made to improve last year’s defensive statistics.”

Overall outlook: “If the Dragon defense can be more organized this year, there are plenty of attacking weapons to score and reach the team’s ultimate goal of ending with a winning record. The key will be the defense, but I think we will still be one of the most competitive teams in the league this year.”

Central Cambria

Coach: Brian Reynolds

Number of years as head coach: Seventh season (37-66-3)

League: Laurel Highlands Athletic Conference

Last year’s record: 6-12 (6-8 LHAC)

Returning starters: Josh Rosenbaum, sr., mid.; Gino Tsikalas, sr., mid./str.; Perez Youmbi, jr., mid./str.; Jonah Lambie, jr., def.

Other returnees: Jack Terndrup, sr., def.; Nathan Radebach, sr., def./keeper; Noah Vasil, sr., mid.; Augusta Phillips, sr., def.; Dylan Coposky, jr., mid.; Michael Grubb, jr., def./mid.; Adam Farabaugh, jr., mid./str.; Mark Pavic, jr., mid./str.; Josh Belsterling, jr., def./keeper; Dominik Tursich, so., mid.; Justin Meckley, so., mid./str.; Dalton Connor, so., def.

Newcomers: Mitchell Jubas, jr.; def./mid.; Sam Capela, so., mid.; Jeremy Ford, so., def.; Nathan Belsterling, so., def.; Mathew Flowers, fr., mid./st.; Jacob McClaughlin, fr., mid.; Wyatt Coposky, fr.; def./keeper

Strengths: “Strong leaders who are willing to put in the extra time to make the team better. Also, we have one clear goal this season: to work as a team and everything else will come in due time.”

Concerns: Not having a junior high program that helps with the basic fundamentals of soccer. We lost our entire defense, including our keeper, so we are now starting fresh as a young team.

Overall outlook: “From the improvement I have seen from the first week of camp, I believe this team will turn some heads. The sweat and determination they have put into scrimmages and drills will be displayed throughout their season. I look for them to accomplish three things this season: win our section in the LHAC, a winning record and a return trip to the playoffs.”

Assistant coaches: Jason Zaffuto, Matt Pride

Chestnut Ridge

Coach: Dave Van Meter

Number of years as head coach: First season

League: Sideling HIll League

Last year’s record: 8-9-1 overall and in the league

Returning starters: Seniors – Kyler Lesh, Dillion Hudson. Juniors – Bradley Frankenberry, Luke Hobson, Sean Van Meter, Jacobe Miksich, Jordan Crist, Brandon Conrad. Sophomores – Aaron Burkett, Cole Fungeroli.

Other returnees: Seniors – Matt Claycomb, Matt Miksich. Juniors – Caleb Eicher, Nick Hyde, Caleb Whisker, Derrick Gardner. Sophomores – Josh Roose, Colten Parrish, Cody Baker.

Newcomers: Seniors – Dakota Taylor. Juniors – Seth Gorden, Rob White. Freshmen – Seth Black, Corey Amick, Nick Knoster, Ethan Sprigg, Dylan Williams, Ean Flick, Colt McDonald.

Strengths: “We have 15 returning lettermen.Majority of the team has been playing on a summer club team over the past few years.”

Concerns: “Injuries.”

Overall outlook: “Our goal is the district championship.”

Assistant coaches: J.B. Whisker, Dan Crist, Jeff Crist, Doug Frankenberry, Allen Hainsey, Perci Fungeroli.


Coach: Brad Zembower

Number of years as head coach: First season

League: Sideling Hill

Last year’s record: 2-14-1

Returning starters: Tim Knox, sr.; Kevin Knox, so.; Dale Clark, sr.; Tanner Sipes, so.; Seth Mantia, jr.; Mitchell Kovel, jr.; Zach Mearkle, jr.

Other returnees: Sam Finnegan, sr.; Billy Hood, so.; Dalton Klotz, so.; Chris Marinelli, so.; Keithen O’Brien, so.

Newcomers: Cruise Moen, so.; Wes Snider, so.; Jacob Logue,.; Devin Weaver, fr.; David Cessna, fr.; Dustin Mallow, fr.; Jake Kegg, fr.; Joseph Koontz, fr.; Jesse Wyns, fr.

Strengths: “Good upperclassman leadership and commitment to teamwork, developing a strong work ethic and willingness to do whatever is necessary to take their game to the next level.”

Concerns: “We have a predominantly young team which means there is a lack of experience playing at the varsity level with some of our players, but they seemed to adapt really well to the tempo of a varsity game.”

Overall outlook: “I anticipate a strong performance from guys. They continue to develop better technique as individuals and better play as a group. They have a greater understanding of tactical situations and their individual responsibilities. I’m confident in their ability to compete at a high level this year.”

Assistant coaches: Jared McDonald, Rod Sipes

Jr. high coaches: Andy Clingerman

Great Commission

Coach: Scott Hildebrand

Number of years as head coach: 15th season

League: Allegheny Christian Athletic Association

Last year’s record: 2-14

Returning starters: Jonah Salyards, Kirth Benson, Jacob Wolfe, Jonathon Willet, Caleb Holton, Chad Volk, Aaron Bracken, Creed Conway

Other returnees: Mitchell Walk, Josh Shannon, Ben Oakley, Trevor Hoover, Hans Garman, Aaron Benson, Mason Cover

Newcomers: Garret Clapper, Skyler Sloter, Tobin Mills, Mitchell Longstreth, Josh Stuart

Strengths: “Depth and team speed.”

Concerns: “Inexperienced defense.”

Overall outlook: “We hope to compete for the ACAA Western Division title.”

Assistant coaches: Travis Weyandt


Coach: Craig Shale

Number of years as head coach: 10th season (110-56-5)

League: None

Last year’s record: 13-4-1

Returning starters: Colin Burns, sr., mid.; Tyler Miller, sr., for.; Eric Miller, jr., mid.; Hunter Marks, jr., mid.; Alec Menard, sr., def.; Luke Riggleman, sr., def.; Collin Terchanik, jr., mid.; Zach Viduya, so., def.

Other returnees: Elliot Riggle, jr., mid.; John Hanlon, jr., def.; Noah Kustenbaruder, so., mid.; Rommy Obeid, jr., mid.; Josh Cobbler, so., def.

Newcomers: Amir Alkhafaji, sr., for.; Blake Walter, jr., keeper; Joe Gualdoni, jr., def.

Strengths: “There is a good sense of teamwork within the group. They know they can’t relu on individuals as much as in the past couple of seasons. There is a good work ethic and we have had a good preseason. We should still be a good posession type team as in the past few years.”

Concerns: “Goals; the seniors we close made up about 90% of the goals scored last season, so that will be tough to make up.”

Overall outlook: “Despite losing such a talented group of seniors, we should still be competitive. Making it to the District 6 Championship is still a reachable goal. It’s just a case of which players are going to step up during the season.”

Assistant coaches: Don Tantius


Coach: Phil Hawkins

Number of years as head coach: Second season (7-10)

League: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 7-10 (7-7 Mountain League)

Returning starters: Drake Biddle, sr., def.; John Roth, jr., def.; Seth Greenfield, sr., mid.; Ryan Shelley, sr., mid.; Adam Christopher, sr., mid.; Devon Green, sr., mid.; Matt Wilson, sr., for.

Other returnees: Kyler Miller, jr., def./mid.; Mathew Scialabba, jr., mid.; Taylor Mitchell, so., mid.; Alex Tietjens, jr., def.; Max Kemp, sr., for.; Elliot Biddle, so., mid.; Cody Gearhart, sr., def./mid.; Jacob Lake, jr., def./mid.; Shane Montgomery, jr., for./mid.

Newcomers: Walter Lotz, so., for.; Will Thurston-Griswold, so., def.; Martin Berger, so., keeper; Austin Bauman, jr., mid.; Nathan Stratton, so., for.; Brian McLaughlin, so., mid./for.; Dylan Wentzel, so., mid./def.; Jack Katlic, so., def.; Derek Hess, so., mid./for.; Kody Heaton, so., keeper.

Strengths: “We have a nice mix of talented and experienced returning starters and newcomers. The leadership should be very strong. We ahve depth at all positions except goal keeper. We should be able to mix and move players around along with coming off successful winter and summer club programs.”

Concerns: “We are young at the goal keeper position and not very deep. Our numbers are somewhat down, although we ahve a very large sophomore class and should have a big freshman class in 2014. Finishing has been a problem for us along with most teams in the MAC. Creativity in the offensive third, patience in the defending third and winning close games are also concerns. We would also like to have a few double-digit goal scorers.”

Overall outlook: “If we can be consistent offensively and more creative, we should be solid in the MAC and the district. I expect the league to be pretty even, so the team that can be most consistent will ahve the most success.”

Assistant coaches: Jim Roney, Jason Shuck, Jerry Kruse, Matt Minor

Northern Bedford

Coach: Marcus Yeatts

Number of years as head coach: 14th season

League: Sideling Hill

Last year’s record: 15-4

Returning starters: Jonas Bequeath, sr.; Collin Sherlock, sr.; Coltin Ebersole, sr.; Logan Corle, jr.

Other returnees: Marcus Crawford, sr.; Brendan Over, sr.; Noah Over, sr.; Bryan Raab, sr.; Trey Childers, jr.; Cody Eller, jr.; Zach States, jr.; Dylan Wright, jr.; Brent Baker, so.; Chris Benner, so.; Ethan Eckenroad, so.; J.C. Norris, so.

Newcomers: Gustav Kull, sr.; Mike Heck, sr.; Dillon Douglas, fr.; Bransin Reasy, fr.; Koltin Reasy, fr.; Cameron Sherlock, fr.

Strengths: “Good group of seniors who have a good attitude and some good offensive players returning.”

Concerns: “Replacing eight seniors from last year, all of whom played significant minutes.”

Overall outlook: “It is tough to tell with so much inexperience. We hope to be playing well at the end of the year.”

Assistant coaches: Don Musselman


Coach: Shawn Inlow

Number of years as head coach: Seventh season (59-41-8)

League: Mountain League

Last year’s record: 14-5-4 (11-2-2 Mountain League)

Returning starters: Syler Krise, jr., mid.; Hunter Honan, sr., for.; Zach Ament, jr., mid.; Nick Boumerhi, sr., for.; Wyatt Inlow, jr., mid.; Andrew Gray, jr.; def.; Mitchell Winters, jr., keeper; Austin Krise, so., mid./for.; Aaron Boumerhi, so., def./mid.

Other returnees: Levi Muir, sr., for.; Nate Araway, sr., def.; Nate Burfield, sr., for.; James Shaw, sr., def.; Denver Greenawalt, sr., def.; Shay Clark, sr., mid./def.; Aaron Brown, jr., def.; Chance Watro, jr., mid.; Nate Kristofits, so., mid.; Jace Martin, so., def./mid.; Kyle Albert, so., mid.; Anthony Cassler, so., for.; Aaron James, so., def.

Newcomers: Caleb Shively, sr., mid. ; Jon Guerra, so., for./mid.; Ben Handel, fr., mid.; Micah Shively, fr., mid.; Christian Snyder, fr., def.

Strengths: “We have good competition at every spot on the varsity roster, so we’re two-deep just about everywhere and we’re very flexible and technically strong even having graduated 12 players from 2012’s District 6-AA championship team.”

Concerns: “Fitness can be improved. Tactital and possession style need to be strengthened.”

Overall outlook: “Our goals always remain the same. Win the Mountain League, win districts and go as far in the PIAA playoffs as luck will allow. Last year’s team was arguably the best in school history and this year’s team has the potential to exceed it.”

Assistant coaches: Thomas Petro, Karl Gassmann, Pierre Boumerhi

Jr. High coaches: Neal Parks