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Boys Soccer: 2013 Huron League season preview (PHOTO)

Riverview captain JR Bonadies enters his fourth year as a varsity starter with the Pirates.

Riverview

When it comes to scoring goals, Riverview has some big shoes to fill this season. 2013 graduates Gabe Dahl and Hermes Taska combined to score 75 times last year for the district champion Pirates, a team that finished 22-2-1 overall.

One player Riverview will rely heavily upon this season to help match that success is team captain J.R. Bonadies, who will play forward and will be entering his fourth year as a varsity starter.

“He’s the emotional leader of the team,” said Riverview Coach Ben Zolynsky. “He gets them going.”

Also helping to pick up any offensive slack will be a strong Pirates’ defense this year, Zolynsky said.

Leading the defense will be seniors Adam Kulaszewski and Ben Chatfield; two players entering their third season as varsity starters. Also playing back with the pair will be senior Scott Miller and junior Jay Geiss.

Getting time as forwards will be seniors Jason Roberts, John Slavin and Nick Torres.

To start the 2013 campaign, two goalkeepers will split time, as senior Morgan Gardacki and junior Todd Kissel will both get a chance to defend the Riverview net.

Players who could also see time on the field this year are sophomore twin brothers Tyler and Ethan Hunt and seniors Alex Vann and Victor Korkis.

Riverview will kick off the 2013 campaign on Saturday, as the team will play in the Monroe Invite at Monroe High School.

Grosse Ile

Last season Grosse Ile earned its way to the Division 3 state semifinal game and finished the year with a 19-5-2 overall record.

With a strong group of five returning seniors this year, new Coach Michael Desana thinks the Red Devils can pick up right where they left off in 2012.

“The senior leadership is excellent and (we) are looking forward to the upcoming season,” Desana said. “They want to build on last year’s semifinal finish.”

One of the senior leaders is forward Jeff Drzyzga, who scored 12 goals and recorded 15 assists last season, which helped earn him an all-state honorable mention.

Also starting at forward this year will be junior Tim Beach.

Starting as midfielders will be senior Grady Bennett and sophomore Jacob Drzyzga.

Back on defense for the Red Devils will be senior Lorenzo Galiti, and juniors Brad Wagel and Nick Hazzard.

Grosse Ile’s starting goalkeeper will be junior Wyatt Garner.

The Red Devils are scheduled to kick off their season on Friday with a game at Woodhaven.

Huron

Heading into the 2013 season, Huron Coach Dan Rossow is optimistic about how his team will fair in the tough Huron League this year.

“The league is pretty fast with Grosse Ile, Milan, SMCC, (but) I think we’re going to be very competitive with them,” Rossow said. “I think we’re going to actually have a pretty good season this year. We’ve got a lot of returning players from last year.”

One of those returning Chiefs is senior Joe Georgic, who will play midfield and forward this season. He is heading into his fourth year as a varsity starter and Rossow said the team will rely on him heavily.

Another player back this year is Jesse McGowan, a senior forward who Rossow describes as “fast as lightning” when talking about his speed on the field.

Senior Chris Ross will play as a midfielder this year and fellow senior Luke Sturgill will serve as the anchor of the Huron defense.

Starting as goalkeeper for the Chiefs will be senior Tyler Teller

Huron will start its season next Monday with a home game against Milan.

Flat Rock

Although this year’s team is the biggest ever for Flat Rock Coach Mike Wagner, the squad still has a lot of young players on the roster.

Wagner said he’s hoping that the returning players he does have step into leadership roles to help guide some of the squad’s newer members.

Two Rams who Wagner said have taken on such roles already are juniors Thomas Baker and Brandon Goocher. Baker is expected to play defense this year and Goocher is listed as a midfielder for the Rams.

This year’s seniors are: Thomas Bendross, Garrett Gillis, Salim Huerta, Michael Mayberry, Todd James and Matt Vack.

Overall, Wagner said he wants to get Flat Rock on the right track this season and he said this year’s group seems capable of doing it.

“Our main goal for this year is to continue to become more competitive and improve our record," Wagner said. "We have some very enthusiastic players, so it should be a good season.”

The Rams are scheduled to open their 2013 campaign Friday with a home game against Summit Academy.



Last Updated: 8/20/2013 3:02:27 PM EST

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