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Washington & Lee High Soccer 2013 Preview

Posted on Tuesday, March 12, 2013 at 10:13 pm

Champs return for another run

It’s an exciting time right now for the Washington & Lee Boys Soccer Team and their fans. Ending last year with a 15-1-1 record, crowned the Northern Neck District champions and taking away several individual awards, the Eagles are ready to return to its success from a season ago.

“Last season was great and we had a lot of guys come out here who worked really hard and it showed on the

The Washington & Lee Boys Soccer Team returns after a nearly perfect season to cap off their success. Pictured is top newcomer Gary Daiger, who joins the defending Northern Neck District Title team.

field,” said district coach of the year RJ Sudduth. “We wish we could have gone a little further and they deserved that, but you have got to put the goals in the net.”

Sudduth returns several all district selections including junior Alex Lane, senior Lashoad Hopewell, sophomore Luis Chipres, senior Jose Chipres and senior player of the year Juan Ochoa.

“We’re really excited and we have a ton of kids that came out this season and talented players that came up from the JV,” Sudduth said.

Coach said he is excited to also show some of his newcomers including sophomore Jacob Daiger, freshman Tirso Antunez and senior Kwame Gray.

Senior Hudson Hutt and Juan Izaguirre are also among the top returners for this season.

The season ended for the Eagles in the region playoffs facing Northampton.

“We’re really excited,” Sudduth said. “We definitely want to pick up right where we left off last season.”

Offense improves for Lady Eagles

Finishing second in the Northern Neck District and advancing to the region playoffs last season, Washington & Lee’s Girls Soccer Team is looking to capitalize on its success.

“I think we’ll be in line for first place,” said coach Gary Daiger. “It’s what we are shooting for  good chance at it just so long as I can figure out the defensive lineup. On offense has improved and is a lot better than they were last year.”

Returning for the Lady Eagles include all district selections Megan Daiger and Lizett Barajas.

Bottom row, left to right: Greisy Antunez, Guadalupe Valencia, Brittany Payne, Grace Hennage, Lizett Barajas; Middle row, left to right: Head coach Gary Daiger, Lidia Cardenas, Megan Daiger, Mary Thompson, Megan Smith, Assistant Coaches Heidi Wertz, Michael Proudfoot; Top Row, left to right: Gabby Valdez, Abby Perkins, Tamara Tate, Maria Alvarez, Kathryn Beddo, Jaid White, Michaela Jones.

Since last season, Daiger said newcomers worked during the fall season and everyone has been conditioning since the end of January. A concern coming into the season was on defense, Daiger said.

“Defense is where we lost most of our players, we just haven’t settled on our lineup yet,” Daiger said, adding that he hopes to address the issue soon.

Daiger said they are using the success of the boys team as motivation.

“They are very competitive and do as well as the boys,” Daiger said. “But they see how the boys are playing and want to play the same way.”

“We’re excited and we think we are going to do really well,” Daiger added. “As long as nobody gets hurt…I think they’ll do fine.”