Tarque notes progress for LHS soccer squad

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Bruins booters working to improve

By Robert Howey

Lancaster High School head soccer coach Alex Tarque, in his first season guiding the Bruins booters, said the LHS soccer campaign is a work in progress.

“Every match our main target is to win,” Tarque said. “We try to come to the field and show Lancaster is a team that won’t be easy. The most important thing is to improve with every match we play.”

Tarque noted the Bruins, who are 1-4, are a young team.

“We lost eight seniors from last season, so this is a new team,” Tarque said.

The Bruins are led by three captains, senior center midfielder Jaden Driggers and senior defender Jonathan Goebel along with junior center midfielder Christian Tarque.

Tarque won the Most Improved Player Award on the varsity team last spring.

“These are our top players and they are providing key play and leadership for us this season,” Tarque said.

Senior starters include defenders Kian Hutchinson and Kewon Anthony. Juniors in the starting lineup are keeper Caleb Keenan, in his first year at the net for the varsity, and defender Kevin Reyes.

Keenan earned the Junior Bruins Defensive MVP a year ago.

Sophomore strikers Shykwon McCollough and Ryan Whitaker along with freshmen wings Cody Solesbee and Zeke Williams complete the Bruins’ starting cast.

McCollough was the Junior Bruins Offensive MVP last season.

“Most of the teams we’re facing are experienced,” Tarque said. “We’re going through a process of understanding what to do. It’s a process of learning and I feel we are making progress in that area.

“We try to keep the ball on the ground, make good passes and set up our attack,” Tarque said. “It’s a change from what Lancaster teams have done in the past, so we’re in a transition season. Once we learn and get the system down, I feel we will be competitive no matter what region we’re in.”

Tarque also has plenty of depth to help with the Bruins’ progress.

Seniors include strikers Austin Snipes and center midfielder Ed Chen who provide support along with junior center midfielder Cole Cnesich.

Sophomore Carlos Risso will work at wing along with freshman Jonathan Monsalvo. freshmen Trevor Latham and Cory Lucas will see key time at defender.

Tarque is assisted by Adam Nelson, and Robert Fields is the Junior Bruins soccer coach.

“The junior varsity team is following our system and I feel that will be a boost for the future,” Tarque said.

Tarque said he hoping for continued improvement from the varsity team for the rest of the season.

 “My main goal is to play our system and get better with each match,” he said. “Most of the teams we play are ranked which will help us be competitive. It’s tough, but I feel it will be good for us in the future.”