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Page 6B February 20, 2019, iR orter BOYS SOCCER Continued from 3B decorated of those returners is junior forward Julian Rivera, a 2nd-Team All-Region 2-AAAA selection in each of the past two years. Rivera and two other returners, senior str'hker William Atkins and senior attacking mid Braydon Martin, who is com- hag off of a season-ending knee injury in 2018, will be counted upon to score most of MP's goals in 2019. Bulldogs will also have ex- perience along its back line as the center back duo of senior Mason Baker and sophomore Garri- son Walker are each returning starters who Stevick thinks have a good chance to be all-region selections in 2019. But the only other varsity returner, sopho- more goalie Aubrey Peterman, was a reserve a year ago. Despite Peterman's inexperience, Stevick said he expects him to rise to the challenge of replacing the departed Brock Hulsey in goal. "He's more technical than Brock" Stevick said of Peterman. "He knows how to distribute well. He's not going to make the super save, but he's going to make the safe save. He'll bring more consistency, and that's part of our defend-first mentality. If we can protect him and make everything he's got to deal with easy, then we've got skill players that know how to create for themselves at the top:' Joining MP's six returners on the varsity squad are a dozen newcomers, of which five will plug into the starting lineup. Joining Walker and Baker on the back line will be marking backs Tripp Shipman, a freshman, and Bryce Lynch, a junior. Join- ing Atkins and Rivera up front will be junior forward Devin Avant while Martin will be accompanied in the midfield by fresh- man Austin Starr and senior Tanner Lee, who played varsity soccer as a sopho- more before taking a year off to play tennis in 2018. Backing up the 11 starters will be a trio of seniors, midfielder Liam Spence and wings Kendall Gantt and Madden Mc- Clendon, junior de- fensive back Michael Necastro, sophomore goalkeeper Logan Mercer and freshmen Park Davis and Evan Miller. Stevick, a marking back by trade, said he plans to play a defen- sive-minded style that takes advantage of the the full length and width of the field. "We want to pos- sess, score from the DATE Feb. 22 Feb. 26 Mar. 1 Mar. 5 Mar. 8 Mar. 12 Mar. 15 Mar. 19 Mar. 22 Apr. 9 Apr. 12 Apr. 16 Apr. 18 Apr. 25 Apr. 26 May 1 May 2 May 7 May 8 May 14 May 14 OPPONENT West Laurens* ' Away Upson-Lee* Home Howard* Away Perry* Home Upson-Lee* Away West Laurens* Home Spalding* Away Locust Grove Away Howard* Home Mount de Sales Home Spalding* Home Tattnall Square Home Perry* Away Girls (Quarterfinals) Boys (Quarterfinals) Girls (Semifinals) Boys (Semifinals) May 17-18Girls & Boys (Finals) *Region 2-AAAA Games Girls (1 st Round State) TBD Boys (1 st Round State) TBD Girls (2nd Round State)TBD Boys (2nd Round State) TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TIME G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:30 p.m B-7:30 p.m. G-5:55 p.m B-7:55 p.m. C 5:30 G-5:30 G-5:30 G-5:30 G-5:30 TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD TBD p.m B-7:30 p.m. p.m B-7:30 p.m. p.m B-7:30 p.m. p.m B-7:30 p.m. p.m B-7:30 p.m. TBD -j: wings, cross in and hold the ball,' Stevick said. "I think we will score goals, but to me we've always got to defend first. They can't win the game if they don't score:' Stevick said he will try to mesh the bombastic, no-nonsense style of his own high school coach Keith Groeper with the more reserved, laid back demeanor of Luton, under whom he served as an assistant. "Groeper had that scared straight mentality and Luton had a little bit more of a relationship with the players" Stevick said. "So I'm trying to find that middle ground in between both:' Standing in MP's way in its bid for the program's fourth region title in seven years will be a trio of top contenders, Perry, Spald- ing and Upson-Lee, who returns a whopping 14 seniors, includ- ing two-time reigning Region 2-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year Chase Winters, However, Stevick said MP'S talented fresh- man class is used to winning, and he said he's not afraid to throw them right into the heat of the region battle. The C-Team won the entire ,: region last year, so I knew they were coming up with a head of confidence" Stevick said. "There's-[, something about it when you've , been playing at a competitive , level since you were 8, 9, 10 years" old versus 14 or 15, just that exposure to the game. So starting -i out is not the worry, it's can we . execute when we're on the field?":-'. MARY PERSONS 2019 JV BOYS SOCCER TEAM: Team members include: Hunter Benson, Calvin Brown, Park Davis, Asher Dingmore, Logan Landers, Evan Miller, Ethan Mullis, Jordan O'Quinn, Ethan Rice, Riley Dunn # 14