PREP BOYS SOCCER: Grand Forks at a glance
Coach: George DuBois.
2013 results: 6-10-3 record, sixth in East Region.
Key graduation losses: Conner Sander, Camron Roehl.
Top returners: Sr. MF Hartrick Tarr (all-state, all-EDC, 8-5—13), sr. G Caleb Dachtler (2.41 GAA, .752 save %), sr. F Jayden Kramer (7-10—17), jr. F Greg Olsen (3-3—6), sr. MF Zach Walz (3-2—5), sr. MF Tarek Paranica (2-1—3), sr. D Kyle Rasmusson (0-2—2), sr. D Cole Kirchoffner (2-0—2), jr. MF Nick Hodgson (2-1—3).
Potential new impact players: Jr. D Ethan Horner, jr. D Seth Hurda, soph. D Landan Kraft.
Knights coach DuBois says: “We have a lot of seniors who made it to state as sophomores. They want to get back and they’re skilled enough to do it. Offensively, we should be sound. Greg, Hartrick and Jayden are a good attacking trio. They should take on a lot of the scoring responsibilities. Caleb has the ability to keep us in games in goal. The biggest question mark is getting our back row to gel. The defensemen haven’t played a lot of minutes together. Cole’s experience will come into play for that.”
Noteworthy: Sander and Hartrick were all-state picks last season. . . . Of the 37 goals Central scored last season, players who accounted for 27 of those scorers return.
Coach: Luke Glasoe.
2013 results: 4-11-4 record, seventh in East Region.
Key graduation losses: Grant Caulfield, Michael Mann, Elias Ghribi, Matthew Collings.
Top returners: Sr. G Jayce Turner (1.57 GAA, .878 save %), jr. F Braden Axtman (5-1—6), sr. MF Jace Braathen (3-0—3), sr. MF Daniel Iverson (0-2—2), jr. MF Benjamin Schleicher (1-3—4), sr. D Trigg Camrud.
Potential new impact players: Sr. MF Matthew Leake, sr. D James Nuveen, sr. D Ben Kjemstad, jr. F Mohamed Mohamed, jr. MF Keenen Berning.
Roughriders coach Glasoe says: “We’ll have quite a bit of depth. We feel we have 18 quality players. We can put fresh guys in and still have a good lineup on the field. A lot of these guys were getting varsity minutes as freshmen and sophomores. Now they’re the veterans and we’ll rely on them to do more. Defensively we’ll be solid. (The key) will be if we can score more. Braden, Ben and Mohamed look like they could be our big scorers. They’re the most efficient with the ball.”
Noteworthy: Red River was 3-0 last season when it scored two or more goals in a game. The Roughriders were shut out in seven of their 19 games.