2019 High School Boys Soccer Preview Capsules

The high school soccer season is underway, and a pair of local boys teams — Hilton Head Christian Academy and Beaufort Academy — are looking to defend their state championships, while May River and Bluffton hope to build off strong campaigns and take the next step toward a state title.

Here’s a look at the local teams:


Battery Creek 

Coach: Nicole Smalley (2nd season)

Record at school: 4-13

2018 record: 4-13 (lost to Bishop England in first round of Class 3A playoffs)

Returning starters: 9

Top returners: Ty’Jah White, Soph., MF; Jordan Gwyn, Sr., F; Alex Cruz, Jr., MF

Key newcomers: Ivan Huerta

Coach’s outlook: “We’re looking forward to a great year. We have nine returning starters who got a lot of

experience last year.”


Beaufort Academy

Coach: Bill Dalton (25th season)

2018 record: 14-1 (SCISA 1A state champions)

Returning starters: 8

Top returners: David Mathai (Sr., GK), Charlie Weeden (Sr., MF), Edward McCormick (Sr., F), Daniel Richards (Sr., MF), William Tumlin (Jr., D), Ben Trask (Jr., F), Thomoas Holladay (Jr., MF), Dawson Coleman (Jr., MF), Davis Raschella (Sr., F), Ashton Bell (Jr., F)

Key losses: Cameron Keenan, Trey Dean, Jaxon Spratling

Key newcomers: Justin Obregon, Ben Lubkin, Elijah Fess

Coach’s outlook: “With a strong core of returning players, the Eagles hope to be playing for their sixth consecutive state championship in May.”


Bluffton

Coach: Enrique Baez (1st season)

2018 record: 18-3 (lost to Bishop England in Class 3A Lower State final)

Returning starters: 6

Top returners: Ramiro Garcia, Gabriel Guadagno, Isaac Florez, Hernan Gomez, Jason Zelaya.

Coach’s outlook: “We have a pretty young team, very talented, strong in all aspects of the game, big family, united. Our goal is to win region and to change our school history by also winning a state championship. That is the reason I came back to Bluffton High School. I have been coaching most of this kids since they were 4 years old and now I’m back to finish what we started.”


Hilton Head Christian Academy

Coach: Peter Savarese (1st season)

2018 record: 13-3-2 (SCISA 2A state champions)

Returning starters: 8

Top returners: Lukas O’Grady (Sr., GK), Carson Webster (Sr., MF), Chase Harsta (Sr., MF), Josue Hurtado (Sr., MF), Ben Viljac (Sr., D), Wesley Warner (Sr., D), Reece Cloud (Sr., D), Clay Corkern (Sr., MF)

Key losses: Evan Berkner (Lander University), Alex Nasiadka, Reece Woods, Matthew McCutchen (Queens University)

Key newcomers: JP Peduzzi (Soph., F), Christian Becker (8th, MF), Joey Zap (Fr., D)

Coach’s outlook: “We have had a tremendous past two seasons being able to win back-to-back state titles. Coach Dylan Curtis built an amazing program over the past few seasons and it’s an honor to have this group of seniors to start off my coaching career. Our goal is to always win the state championship but it will be a difficult path this year with many different strong teams, especially Oakbrook Prep, who we have faced the last two years in the championship match. We hope to see them again this year. Having a Division 1 keeper in goal (Lukas O’Grady) is a true blessing and to have the caliber of Carson Webster and Josue Hurtado in your midfield and Chase Harsta back from injury is definitely a big help. We have many new players on the squad, which gives us some depth, and we can’t wait for region matches to start.”


Hilton Head High

Coach: Dan Guerrini (3rd season)

Record at school: 21-14

2018 record: 9-7 (lost in Class 4A quarterfinals)

Returning starters: 7

Top returners: Nick Kabriri (Sr., MF), John Risley (Sr., MF), Mattias Luigorattio (Sr., MF), Geovanny Lopez (Soph., F)

Key losses: Andrew Rico (GK)

Coach’s outlook: “We have a couple new faces to the team, but we’re coming together well. We will have to work hard to win the region and will face a tough playoff run, but we expect to be in the playoffs.”


Hilton Head Prep

Coach: Lawrence Tavino (1st season)

2018 record: 1-12-2 

Returning starters: 7

Top returners: Adam Ao, Ben Eisinger, Ben Pellicci, Camden Kreide, Matthew Sullivan, Jack Braun, Logan Blair, Matthew Monts

Key losses: Aiden Sanz

Key newcomers: Scott Sculley, Will Hannah, Juan Millan

Coach’s outlook: “Coming off a season with only one win, these seniors are working very hard and determined to make their final season a successful one.”


Holy Trinity

Coach: Dave Sheehan (2nd season)

2018 record: 4-8

Returning starters: 11

Top returners: Ellison Hapner (Soph., F), Riley Witt (Soph. MF)

Key losses: None

Key newcomers: Sandy Rauch, Bray Sheehan, Ashton Stacks

Coach’s outlook: “Our goal is to get to the state finals in Columbia.”


John Paul II

Coach: Matt Dakolios (4th season)

Record at school: 29-28-1

2018 record: 9-9-1 (lost in SCISA 2A semifinals)

Returning starters: 8

Top returners: Sebastian Laverde (Jr., MF), Gabe Orta-Carrillo (Soph., MF), Ben Richardson (Soph., D), Ethan Prado (Jr., D), Noah Brock (Jr., MF)

Key losses: Evan Calabrese (D), Nyleem Wright (GK) 

Key newcomers: Mark Martel, Marcello Vera

Coach’s outlook: “This is the most cohesive and together group I’ve ever coached. They really enjoy each other, and that makes everything easier and more impactful. If we can stay healthy, we should be competitive in SCISA 2A with a very balanced lineup. While we only have one senior, this is the first time we have had a veteran roster with a lot of experience. Though, we still need a lot of growth to occur to compete at the top of 2A.”


May River

Coach: Misael Garzón (3rd season) 

Record at school: 29-11

2018 record: 20-4 (lost to Bishop England in Class 3A quarterfinals)

Returning starters: 9

Top returners: Mikey Chappelear (Sr., MF), Joel Fleek (Jr., F), Conner Golden (Jr., F), Al Day (Jr., D) 

Key losses: Tony Rodriguez, Ryan Chafer

Key newcomers: Harvey Buruca (So., D), Sean Hamby (So., D)

Coach’s outlook: “After the phenomenal season we had last year, our goal this year is to continue building from last year’s results and continue reaching new ground for our young program. Returning so many starters will give us a lot of experience, and the addition of the new players will give us a lot of depth this season. I’m excited with what the team has shown so far this preseason and expect us to go very far this year.”


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