Bay Rivers boys soccer preview
BAY RIVERS DISTRICT BOYS SOCCER
TOP FIVE TEAMS: 1. Jamestown, 2. Lafayette, 3. York, 4. Grafton, 5. Tabb.
TOP RETURNING PLAYERS: F Jon Cullom (Jamestown), F Patrick Kelly (Jamestown), F Hunter Hartnett (Jamestown), M Dan Geyer (Jamestown), D Drew Friedrichs (Jamestown), D Phil Geyer (Jamestown), F Jacob Vaught (Lafayette), M Alfonso Speed (Lafayette), D Justin Peterson (Lafayette), G Alex Emerson (Lafayette), M Brian Anderson (Grafton), D Michael Trepte (Grafton), M Tajee Harley (York), M Josh Calderon (York), D Alex Meade (York), M Brian Rumbel (York), M Riley Maw (Tabb).
GAMES TO WATCH: March 27 – Tabb at Jamestown, April 12 - York at Jamestown, April 27 – Lafayette at Tabb, May 1 – Lafayette vs. Jamestown, May 11- York vs. Grafton.
OUTLOOK: Despite losing former Group AA state Player of the Year Patrick O'Brien from the 2011 team that continued its dominance of district and Region I soccer en route to the state semifinals, Jamestown has reloaded and might be even better than last year. The 3-2 win over nationally ranked AAA school Cox positions the Eagles as a district favorite. Hartnett (16 goals in 2011) is a constant threat, while Cullom, a sophomore who scored the winning goal in the Cox game, is a rising star who played well for the Eagles in the 2011 postseason. Lafayette lost three all-region players from team that came within an overtime loss to Tabb of reaching the state tournament. But the return of Jacob Vaught, who's moved from defense to attack, as well as Alfonso Speed – an all-region selection in 2010 who missed last year – are among the reasons Lafayette is considered Jamestown's toughest competition. York gets the edge for third because it returns a number of seniors. State semifinalist Tabb and York County rival Grafton were both hit hard by graduation losses – Tabb all-state defender Sean Christein and Grafton all-state midfielder Jalon Brown are now playing in the collegiate ranks – but both programs annually replenish their rosters with new talent to remain in the district's top tier.