COVINGTON — Alcovy’s boys soccer team is going to have a strong mixture of experience and inexperienced players. Despite their level of experience, the one thing that they all have is talent which will be needed as the Tigers try to make it back to the Class AAAAAA playoffs.
“(Last season) was our first time going to the state playoffs and there was excitement about that,” Alcovy head boys coach Chris Edgar said. “Our goal this year is to get back to the state playoffs and I feel like we can.
“It’s hard to replace some of the leadership we had last year that have been in the program all those years. But I’m replacing leadership with pure talent. I have some guys that are ready to go.”
Among the experienced players that are returning in Jordan Adair, Houston Kent, Johvaughn Destin, Camani Smith, Colin Williams, Ethan LeJeune and Brett Farr.
After playing mid-center and leading the team in assist last year, Adair is moving to the front and could be a very productive offensive weapon along with Kent.
“He played wing for us last year but his touches have gotten really lethal. He’s been finishing at an alarming rate in tryouts which is good,” Edgar said of Kent. “He can give us that speed option.”
Even though the Tigers have plenty of upper classmen, directing the team in the field is going to fall on the shoulders of a sophomore.
“Brett Farr was a freshman last year but already in tryouts he’s telling the older guys where to be. He’s earned the respect of his teammates and they listen to him,” Edgar said.
One aspect of the Tigers defense that is being filled by a couple of inexperienced players in at keeper. One of the players up for the last line of defense include foreign-exchange student Paul Rothe. But having the experience of Smith and Destin in the backfield gives Edgar a lot of comfort.
“With Camani right there in front it’s going to be a big help. His knowledge and vision are going to be key,” Edgar said.
“My hopes is that with a couple of weeks before region starts he (Rothe) has some time to learn and I’m going to help him out and teach him. He has good natural instincts and he knows the game being from Germany. He’s got good hand-eye coordination and can throw the ball pretty far and accurate.”
A couple of new players that the Tigers will also count on to make the team more successful than it was last season are sophomore Alex Ramirez and freshman Alex Morales.
“The freshman is feisty. He’s very small in stature but he can do things with his feet, they’re pretty fun to watch. He has a really good touch,” Edgar said.
“Druid Hills is probably still the cream of the crop, they won region last year. After that Luella, Newton, Rockdale and us are all very close. I think it’s going to be very close again. I don’t know what the other teams have lost, but I think it’s going to be very close between those four teams.”