Glen Edwards soccer looking strong

Panthers remain undefeated
By: Kurt Voigt Courtesy
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The Glen Edwards Middle School boys soccer team has exploded upon the soccer scene with creative passing, plenty of goals, and excitement on the field. The secret of their success is being made up from three club teams, and all are friends and familiar with each other’s style of play. Head coach Lori Fury has put together an outstanding group of 18 boys through a tryout process of which 36 kids tried out. “It was difficult,” she said. “There was a lot of good talent out there on the field at tryouts.” The team is very deep with any player able to play multiple positions, which is a problem all coaches would love to have. They have a mixture of mostly sixth and seventh graders, plus five eighth graders. Coach Fury said this is the youngest team the Panthers have had in years. Many of the boys from Glen Edwards go on to play at Lincoln High School. Half of the team also plays for competition clubs in Placer County, or the Lincoln Select Team. A lot of these boys eat, drink, breathe, and sleep soccer. They carry their soccer balls in their backpacks, along with their school books. Some of those in competition soccer attend practice for the school from 3:30-5 p.m., and then attend competition soccer practice from 6-7:30 at Del Oro, under the lights. Johnathon Hogrefe is in goal, with Juan Carlos, Christopher Hernandez, Fabian Hernandez, Ruben Sanabia, Gustavo Martinez and Andres Cuevas solidifying the back line. In midfield are Carlos Arreola, Brian Padilla, Julian Diaz, Alex Vergera, Elias Martinez, Javier Sandoval and Pete Murillo. The strikers are Frank Francisco, Esteban Zepeda, and Leonardo Martinez. A former striker, Adrian Hoyos, has since moved away. Although listed in those positions, they all are capable of playing other positions as well. It is one of the strengths of the team. “We like how we play together. We can play each position, and we never quit,” said Zepeda. “One game we were down 3-0 and came back and tied 6-6.” They have fun and are enjoying their time on the field. Christopher Hernandez said, “We talk to each other on the field, are friends off the field, and treat each other like family.” The Panthers were 5-0-1 after their 8-0 victory over Bowman Charter of Auburn, last week. During the game against Bowman, Francisco, Sanabia, Diaz, and Zepeda scored two goals each. Goalkeeper Hogrefe kept a clean sheet for the Panthers. Kurt Voigt is a writer/photographer, and has coached soccer at Glen Edwards Glen Edwards Middle School Panthers’ Soccer 2011-12 Strikers – Frank Francisco, Esteban Zepeda, Leonardo Martinez and Adrian Hoyos (Hoyos has since moved) Mid Field – Carlos Arreola and Brian Padilla Back Line – Juan Carlos, Christopher Hernandez, Fabian Hernandez, Ruben Sanabia, Gustavo Martinez and Andres Cuevas Goalkeeper – Johnathon Hogrefe