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Strong group of seniors take field for Cedarcrest boys soccer
The Cedarcrest boys soccer team reloaded for spring with a sizeable crop of senior leaders and a strong group of freshman and sophomores—several of which should see significant playing time at the varsity level.
The Red Wolves went 9-5 in league and 10-8 overall last season. Top returners include senior Ingvar Judson, an all-league selection the past two seasons and a smart and solid defender. Shawn Klopp, a senior midfielder, was a playmaker and team leader in assists last year.
Promising newcomers include freshman forward Ben Cole, described by Pittis as a good finisher who will fight for a starting spot.
Senior Sean Morris takes over in goal, replacing an all-league keeper from last season.
Other seniors expected on the field include midfielder Zach Wilhelm, defender Sam Panek and forward Ben Toler.
"I think the boys would be disappointed if they did not make a strong run in districts and make the state tournament. That is the goal each season," said Pittis, who has coached the team for 10 years.
Assistant coaches include Denis Watts at the JV level, back for his fifth year, and Tim Panek, the freshman coach, now in his ninth year.
The team has about half a dozen former players now competing at two- and four-year colleges.
The Red Wolves soccer program can be followed at their team site.