JV soccer should be stronger

Published 3:18 pm Tuesday, August 8, 2023

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By Brian Pitts

Enterprise Record

Davie boys soccer looks like an up-and-coming program. While the varsity appears primed to turn a corner under Marco Rebollar, the JV is ready to put a stop to the constant losing.

We’re not suggesting coach Scott McBain’s squad is going to soar to a winning record in 2023 – that would be asking a bit much after it finished 1-16-3 last year, with the end of a 22-game losing streak representing one of Davie’s few highlights – but it should be a whole lot stronger in 2023.

“We should be very competitive,” said McBain, who is beginning his second year at Davie. “I will be keeping about 25 freshmen. Many have 10-plus years of playing experience. My objective is to polish them into a dominant force that eventually builds a dominant program for years to come. Needless to say, I’m excited about the potential.”

McBain has five returners: sophomores Jaxon Cruse, Roger Luna, Erik Pope, Owen Tomlinson and David Fishel. After the first week, he cited Andy Longares, Hunter Stephens, Max Rappoport, Cruse, Gabriel Bello, Porter Spann, Fishel, Hamza Heikal and Ezra Regalado for showing promise.

“Andy is a scoring threat from anywhere,” he said. “Hunter and Max are skilled and examples of leadership, as well as (Cruse). Our sweeper (Bello) is a quiet leader with a smooth touch. He should be fun to watch. We have a new goalkeeper. (Spann) is mild-mannered but tough as steel, as is our returning keeper (Fishel). Our midfield will be strong and deep, led by Heikal and Ragalado.”

Evans Steele is a sophomore member of the team. There are 16 freshmen, including Heikal, Longares, Santiago Maganda, Rappoport, Stephens, Bello, Devin Hernandez,  Jaden Godbey, Hector Rodriguez, Joshua Baker, Regalado, Spann, Eric Martinez, Anthony Ramirez, Alex Serrano and Richard Diaz.

“I have some secret weapons of depth,” McBain said.