Mike Enman is one of 13 players returning to the Crown Point boys soccer team this season.
Sept. 9...at Minerva/Newcomb
Sept. 12...at Johnsburg
Sept. 19...Indian/Long Lake
Sept. 26...at Keene
Sept. 28...Schroon Lake
Oct. 11...at Indian/Long Lake
Oct. 13...at Wells
Oct. 20...at Schroon Lake
Crown Point’s boys soccer team has a simple goal.
“This year our goal is to win the Division III title,” Coach Don Bishop said.
The Panthers just might do it. They return 13 players, including nine starters.
“We return nine of 11 starters from last year’s team,” Bishop observed. “Our biggest hurdle is replacing our goalie, Max Mesones, who graduated. He had been our starter the past 2 1/2 years.”
Jon Spaulding has the task of filling the nets.
“Our new goal keeper will be key to anchoring our defense,” Bishop said.
Tanner Macey, Mike Gould and Mike DuShane all return to play defense in front of Spaulding. They’re joined by rookie Jaice Spring. Spring will step in for Caelin Titus, the other starter the Panthers have lost from 2010.
Crown Point’s midfield will feature veterans Nathan Tabor, Caleb McGuinness, Gabe Macey, Duke Mildon, Jeff Clarke and Kyle Hunsdon. They’re joined by newcomers Nick Vezzi, Calvin Arno and Cole Brooks.
Tabor was the team’s leading scorer last season with seven goals and four assists. Macey was the team’s second-leading scorer.
“Our midfield should be strong with our two leading scorers, Nathan Tabor and Gabe Macey, along with senior Caleb McGuinness and Duke Mildon,” Bishop said.
Dan Groshans, Mike Enman and Bret Guidkunst return at forward. Joe Foote, a rookie, joins them.
Crown Point posted a 2-8 record in the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference a year ago, but this season moves to the new Section VII Conference. The Panthers will play in Division III with Indian Lake/Long Lake, Johnsburg, Keene, Minerva/Newcomb, Schroon Lake and Wells.
“We have been very competitive with most of the Division III teams in the past and hope to be again this year,” Bishop said. “Last year we had a very young team and suffered a number of key injuries. This year out goal is to win the Division III title.”
Assisting Bishop on the sidelines this fall are Dave Groshans and Brad Peters.