By Kyle Daubs
With a strong senior class, anything is possible for Charleston soccer.
It’s been 27 years since the Trojans have suffered a losing season so fifth-year coach Josh Garrett (43-32-10) is looking way beyond a winning season.
“We would like to be in contention for a conference title,” said Garrett. “The Apollo looks to be very strong this year, but we feel like we can be right in the mix.”
With no state series set for the boy’s soccer season, the Apollo title will be the crown jewel this year. Charleston finished the 2019 season with a 12-9-1 record, including a 6-5-1 mark in the Apollo Conference. Despite losing William Carillo, who led the team in assists the Trojans return 37 of the team’s 81 goals in just two players.
That includes senior midfielders Eugene Ohba and Blake Garrett, who finished as an All-Apollo selection after scoring a team-high 25 goals.
“Blake is looking to add at least 20 goals this year,” said Garrett. “Eugene had a breakout year last year and is playing fantastic soccer right now.”
Along with Ohba and Garret, Aly Abou-Zaid, Carter Gordon and Austin Gotschall bring significant varsity experience.
“All of our returning seniors have the potential to make a name for themselves,” said Garrett. “They are all playing well right now. Two are our center backs and the others are midfielders and forwards so it’s a good mix of leaders returning. Any of these five kids could score 10 goals and/or have 10 assists this year.”
Seniors Josh Tresslar and Kevin Caltry bring experience to the defensive line.
“They are fast, have good field awareness, and are natural leaders,” said Garrett. “They work well together and will help some newer players on the backline. We only have 21 kids playing this year and that will hurt our depth at the varsity level.”
Due to COVID-19, club soccer had been eradicated, forcing players to prepare and practice on their own
“This will be an interesting adjustment having the boys play spring soccer,” said Garrett. “They were in better shape in the fall but, hopefully, we’ll be ready for games soon. Kids, like the rest of us, are just ready for some sense of normalcy and this should certainly help them feel like it’s more of a normal school year. They’ve handled the changes well because they are now just used to so many changes that nothing seems to surprise them anymore.”