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” he said. “We're confident that the leaders we have on this team will ensure that happens.” Cascade

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Local boys’ soccer teams have proven to be some of the best in the state over the last several years, winning a multitude of sectional titles.

From 2000 to 2016 at least one Hendricks County boys’ soccer team hoisted a sectional trophy and made another step towards the ultimate goal of winning a state championship.

No area boys’ teams made it past the first weekend of the tournament last season, making for a longer-than-usual offseason and fueling the fire towards a better 2018.

Here’s how local teams will shake out:

Brownsburg

The Bulldogs last hoisted a sectional title in 2015, two seasons before current head coach Josh Brown took over the reins of the program.

With a very senior-heavy team coming back this year — 16 in total — Brownsburg has the necessary experience to make some noise in the tournament. The Bulldogs return 11 players who started at least two games last season and 14 varsity letter winners.

Four of the Bulldogs top-six goal scorers will be back including Noah Yohannes and Jacob Risser. All three options at goalkeeper are back like Jake Berry, who played in 17 games last year and recorded 96 saves.

Brown believes this could be a special season for the Bulldogs if they can stay healthy.

“I believe our keys to success this year will be to stay healthy and to act in the discipline-driven behaviors that flow out of the core beliefs of our culture: to get better daily, to be our best in each moment and to focus on what we can control,” Brown said. “This team has potential to have a special season if we stay consistent in choosing discipline-driven, elite behaviors on and off the field.”

Tri-West

Five key seniors, who will be at the core of success, return for the Bruins in 2018.

Mitch Keeling, Blake Newton, Tanner Waite, Spencer Gross and Sam Sorgius all have major varsity experience and hope to get Tri-West back to dominance.

Tri-West coach Adam Bontreger says Keeling will be leaned on heavily to score while Newton, Waite and Gross will bring needed stability through the middle of the field. Sorgius will be counted on at keeper to anchor the defense.

Since last season’s lost to Westside rival Ritter in the sectional semifinal, Bontreger notes his team has been steadily training in the weight room in addition to playing club soccer.

Sophomore Sam Sallee, the team’s second-leading goal scorer last year will also be looked on to score and incoming freshman Dalton Mendenhall and Reece Stucker could see some varsity minutes.

Underclassmen getting used to varsity play is going to be big for Tri-West this season according to Bontreger.

“The key to our success will certainly be how our inexperienced guys adapt to varsity play,” he said. “If we can get a handful of guys to improve around our core “veterans”, we have a chance to be very competitive again this season.

Avon

Former Perry Meridian coach Adam Spieth takes over as the Orioles’ head coach and admits he’s got some big shoes to fill this year.

Spieth knows former Avon coach Phil Schmidt — who now coaches at HCC rival Fishers — helped lead the Orioles to a lot of success over the years. Spieth wants to continue that success while adapting his new players to a more tactical and team-centric approach.

The senior class will be somewhat small for Avon this year but players like Eli Alvarez, Rileigh Hoth and Nolan Anderson will be counted on for leadership. Junior Chad Williams is also looked at as a big playmaker.

Unlike their rivals up north, the Orioles will have some incoming freshman making an immediate impact. Rainey Biggerstaff and Anthony Forte should give an immediate spark this year while building a foundation for the future.

“While our overall purpose is to build values and strong character among our young men, any coach's overall goal is to win,” Spieth said. “This means competing for and winning the Hoosier Crossroads Conference Championship; winning our sectional and making a deep run in the state tournament; and recognizing the individual accomplishments of our most talented players through awards and college scholarships.”

Plainfield

Veteran talent in key places lines the roster for the Quakers this season.

Top-returning goal scorer, Jacob Leek, as well as goalkeeper C.J. Elston give Plainfield plenty of stability. Leek found the back of the net 21 times last year while Elston poseted 16 saves and two shutouts in 10 games played.

Defenders Brady Johnson and Will Payton hope to make Elston’s nights easy while patrolling the back line.

Coach Drew Sheppard has been pleased with the commitment he’s seen this summer and is excited about the potential of some of his younger players. The Quakers have, unfortunately, been dealing with the injury bug this offseason, but so far it has dampened their spirits.

Sheppard notes as long as his players stay committed to the process this season, they’ll find some success.

“We need our players to stay committed and hold each other accountable over the course of an entire season,” he said. “We're confident that the leaders we have on this team will ensure that happens.”

Cascade

The Cadets return five starters from a team that just barely went under .500 last season.

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