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BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW: A pair of early-season blowouts point to Rangers being on right track

PMG PHOTO: DAVID BALL - Estacada defender Lewis Bever runs onto a loose ball along the sideline during the teams opening win over Banks.

The Estacada boys soccer team is poised to make a move up the Tri-Valley Conference ladder this fall with a veteran group that brings a lot of varsity experience to the field.

This pack of Rangers has taken its lumps as freshmen and sophomores, putting up only one win last season, but this year's core group of juniors is ready to enjoy some success.

"Our guys are very aware that they only got one win last year, but we have high expectations," Estacada coach Jack Carroll said. "This group has been together since their freshman year, and I feel they are primed to compete."

The standout of the group of striker Raymond Garcia, who had five goals and three assists in the team's 12-0 win over Banks to start the season.

"He seems to know where everyone is on the field, and he will shoot it from anywhere," Estacada coach Jack Carroll said. "We could put him anywhere on the field and he would be successful. The big key is we have other pieces out there now who can push the ball up to him."

Senior Niko Snyder is another key cog in the attack, which is a new position for him this fall.

"He played a defensive mid last year, and I noticed he kept creeping up and creeping up into the attack," Carroll said. "He plays rugby in the off-season, so if he is side-by-side with somebody it's advantage him."

Carson Eaton commands the midfield, while Cody Hovda, a varsity player since his rookie year, anchors the back line. Sophomore Martin Gonzalez is the goalie.

"He uses the whole length of his body to get to the corners," Carroll said. "If it's a 1-on-1 shooter vs. keeper it's usually advantage to the shooter, but he takes that all away."

The Rangers dropped three one-goal decisions last year, but close games have not been a factor early this season with Estacada blowing out its first two opponents, Banks and Astoria, by a combined 17-1.


Date Opponent

Sept. 3 vs. Banks W 12-0

Sept. 5 vs. Astoria W 5-1

Sept. 10 vs. Junction City

Sept. 19 @ Tillamook

Sept. 23 vs. Gladstone

Sept. 25 @ Molalla

Oct. 1 vs. North Marion

Oct. 3 vs. Corbett

Oct. 9 @ Madras

Oct. 15 @ Gladstone

Oct. 17 vs. Molalla

Oct. 21 @ North Marion

Oct. 23 @ Corbett

Oct. 29 vs. Madras

This preview is slated for our Sept. 12, print edition.

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