Fri, Dec 14 2012 12:53 PM Posted By: John Philip Wyllie
Bonita Vista High School boys soccer coach Jason Murphy has seen a lot in his 19 years of coaching. After winning the San Diego Section Division II championship at the end of the 2010-11 season, his team imploded a year ago and won only three games.
This season, Murphy believes the Barons will be far more competitive than they were a year ago.
“We are excited this year,” Murphy said. “We have a good mix of talent and the kids are hard working, have a great attitude and are fun to be around.”
Murphy’s optimism starts with an improved defense led by goaltender and team co-captain Miguel David.
“I think Miguel is one of the best goalkeepers in the county and he is only a junior,” the BVHS coach said. “We are expecting him to pitch a lot of shut-outs this season.”
The defensive wall in front of the quick-reacting and agile David is anchored by sweeper Jessie Holguin.
“Jessie did a great job in helping to shut down Monte Vista 1-0 in our season opener,” Murphy said. “He is our other captain.”
Murphy expects junior Frank Montanez to be another prime contributor to the Baron defense.
In the midfield, the Barons will start junior Ricky Diaz in the center flanked by a pair of sophomores: Ricardo Gonzalez and Asuncion Hampson-Medina. All three players are skillful. Despite their relative youth, a lot is expected from them.
Up top, the Barons will feature a scrappy, hard-working sophomore named Lloyd Alexander. “He is not fancy, but he knows how to put the ball in the net,” Murphy said.
Having played only one game and having had their season interrupted by the club season’s annual Thanksgiving tournament, Murphy is still getting to know some of his players. It will no doubt take a few games for them to gel and for additional players to step up and assert themselves.
The disappointment of last season however, is still fresh in everyone’s mind. The feeling here is that Bonita Vista is once again back on track and headed in the right direction.
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