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August 15, 2011

BOYS SOCCER PREVIEW: New coach, same goals at Central

RICHMOND — The landscape of the 28th district will look a little different for boys soccer as two teams feature new coaches and two teams boast key returning players.

Madison Central finished with a 13-7-1 record under first-year coach Brock Sutherland. The Indians also won their second straight district title, which earned them a trip to the region tournament. To duplicate that feat, the Indians will have to do so with another first-year coach. Sutherland left for West Jessamine and Central hired Jeremy Anderson as his replacement.

Anderson has 11 years of experience in coaching in Kentucky and Tennessee, part of which includes time with the Olympic Development Program in Tennessee. He also works as a sports director at the Madison Indoor Soccer Complex.

The Indians lost 11 seniors from last year’s team, but a crop of juniors could lead the way as they try to make another district title run.

“I’ve got a strong group of juniors,” Anderson said. “And a good core of seniors, but to be honest, the class of juniors I’ve got with Daniel Parke and Austin McAllister could pretty much run the team.”

Senior Rafeal Garcia returns as a major scoring threat for the Indians and the team also has a senior at keeper — Josh Jones.

“Rafeal Garcia is someone everyone is going to double team on,” Anderson said. “He’s a real engine on our team offensively. Josh Jones holds down the back, a very vocal team leader.”

Like Sutherland before him, Anderson likes his teams to possess and put pressure on the opposing side.

“We like to make the other chase and work and let the ball do our work for us,” he said. “We want to be as disciplined and organized as possible.”

Even with a first-year coach and a cast made up of mostly juniors, the Indians won’t shy away from aiming high, Anderson said.

“Our ultimate goal is to get through region,” he said. “Our region is one of the toughest in the state. If we can make it through the region, I think we can make a run through the state tournament.”

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