With a dozen lettermen returning, the Green Wave boys’ soccer team should be poised for a good season.
Summerville lost three seniors in the spring who all spent most of their time on the offensive side of the field. However, the Wave does return several starters from a team that played well in one of the state’s better regions and made the playoffs.
“We are trying some new things and they are starting to work but it’s going to take some time to get the chemistry together,” Summerville coach Jason Rasner said. “We played well in the preseason against some good competition in the Lexington tournament. I felt good coming out of there but we had some injuries and haven’t been full since but should be full soon. Now that the season is here, I’m anticipating more chemistry at certain positions.”
The team is junior heavy, but will likely be led by its seniors.
Ryan West returns as one of the team’s main scoring threats. Captains David Kennedy and Walker Riley anchor the mid-field. Fellow captain Madison Socha brings experience to the defensive side of the field.
Last month, Kennedy signed to kick for the Charleston Southern University football team and both West and Riley singed to play soccer with the Erskine College.
Summerville’s only other senior is Davis Wiggins, who also brings considerable experience to the mid-field.
Sophomore Ashton Tanner returns in goal after getting most of the starts there last season.
Other returning lettermen include defenders Cole Betcher, Alek Martyn and Austin Richardson; midfielders Ryan Brislin and Mitchell Cook; and forward Chris Miller. Cook is a sophomore and all the others are juniors.
New to this year’s squad are juniors Wyatt Knox, Daniel Clavier, Trenton Howard, Edward DeLonge and Adam Curry and sophomores Will Davidson, Devon Smith and Tom Holt.
The Wave is off to a 1-2 start for the regular season with a win over Hilton Head and losses to Stratford and top-ranked Wando.
“We need to posses the ball better and finish stronger,” Rasner said. “It may take some time, but I think things will come together.”
Summerville travels to Fort Dorchester Friday and hosts Bluffton March 25. The Patriots are ranked 13th among the state’s Class AAAA teams by the eurosportScoreboard.com poll and Bluffton is ranked 11th. All three teams belong to Region 8-AAAA.