Boys soccer blog: Providence looks for boost from McQuaig

Providence Christian, which finished as the Class A runner-up in 2011, got middling results in the early portion of its schedule this year, splitting its first six games, with the losses coming to Class A power Wesleyan, AA mainstay Greater Atlanta Christian and Class AAAAA Berkmar.

Part of the reason was the Stars were missing leading scorer Caleb McQuaig, who scored 28 goals in 2011. Josh Platillero has assumed the biggest share of the socring load, with six goals and four assists through the first six games. McQuaig returned to the pitch this week and Providence got perhaps its most impressive win to date, a 2-0 win over AAAAA Grayson …

With eight returning starters, Wesleyan figured to improve over last year’s club that went 10-9, but looking for more offensive punch, coach Billy Coxhead pulled three-year starter Eric Sunderman out of the goal and moved him to the other end of the field. The Wolves got off to a 4-2-1 start behind Sunderman, who notched five goals and two assists in Wesleyan’s first seven games … Senior forward Matt Moses, who has committed to Mercer, has 10 goals and two assists for Aquinas. The Fighting Irish have five shutouts in eight games …

In Class AA, defending state champion Westminster has allowed no goals. Keeper Andrew Freschi, who plans to walk on at Princeton, has been credited with 35 saves while posting six shutouts …

Thomasville is averaging seven goals per game led by Joseph Fennelly, who has scored 18 goals and recorded six assists …

Coosa junior midfielder Francisco “Paco” Miranda has eight goals and five assists for the Eagles, who started 5-2-1 …

Calhoun freshman Sergio Alverez opened his career with a hat trick in a 4-0 win over Ringgold ..

Southeast Whitfield, which fell in the AAA semifinals last year to eventual state champion St. Pius, is off to a strong start again, led by Tennessee Wesleyan signee Christian Lopez (six goals) …

Defending AAA champion St. Pius had five different players score in a 6-0 win over North Atlanta last week, including two from J.D. Mango …

With 10 players back from last year, Starr’s Mill is off to a 5-1 start behind David Murtaugh (7 goals, two assists) and Justin Ross (5 goals 4 assists) …

Greenbrier has scored 36 goals and allowed just four in its first seven games …

Centennial, with Wofford signee Connor Davis having scored eight goals, is 7-1, with the lone setback a 1-0 loss to unbeaten Lassiter …

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Coach

March 15th, 2012
2:36 pm

Come see the varsity Boys and Girls from Miller Grove vs. Lakeside on Tuesday at Adams stadium Jay. We have some good athletes on Miller Grove for the boys and the girls. We are on our way to catching up with Lakeside, Tucker, Chamblee, and Dunwoody.

Speaking of Lakeside, I think the game of the week is Lakeside at Tucker on Friday at Hallford staduium. I know you will be there.

Coach

March 15th, 2012
2:38 pm

Oops spelled stadium wrong