He has 15 lettermen back and a chance

By Don Dreger Record-Courier assistant sports edit Published:

He has 15 lettermen back and a chance at a very successful season.

"Basically with the talent and experience we have coming back, we are looking forward to having the best year we've had since I've been coach," said Suba. "We are going to push hard for the Western Reserve Conference South title. With a little bit of luck to keep us free from injuries, it is possible.

"The kids are very excited. Most have been together for four years and this is their time to shine. They'll give everything they have this season."

Strong soccer starts with a strong defense. It's not Ravenna's best point, but it is more than adequate.

"We have some inexperience on defense," said Suba. "Our core of veterans are seniors, where eight of them are on offense. Our defense will be the youngest of the three lines. Hopefully, as they mature throughout the season and as we get to the conference games, they will be ready to put up a good fight."

The anchor of the defense is senior Aaron Wymer in goal. He had a 1.2 goal-per-game average in the WRC a year ago. Out of conference he had a .45 average.

"Sophomore Chris McGuinness will be sweeping for us," said Suba. "Senior Matt Tipton will be the left outside fullback and junior Zach Alger will be at right outside fullback. The stopper will be junior Chris Keegan."

Suba claims that midfield is the strength of the Ravenna team.

"When I think of our midfield, three players come to mind quickly," noted Suba. "Seniors Jeff Kiel, Matt Wunderle and Jason Short plus sophomore Justin Yun. They have a lot of talent. They have speed and they all can shoot. It's nice to have them there to win the loose balls."

At the wings or forward, depending on the terminology, Suba throws two great players at opponents.

"Junior Jim Twigg was All-WRC last year," said Suba. "We expect him to continue to play at that level. Senior Jeremy Mothersbaugh was second-team All-WRC and we expect him to raise his level of play. Both have exceptional speed and have good skills. I expect them to be reckoned with during the season."

As for style of play, Suba responds this way.

"We are going to play a short passing style," he said. "Move the ball quickly and counter. When we get into the WRC, we may change some things depending on the opponent. We want to keep our opponents off balance. We may try the long ball but mostly ball control.

"On defense we will play a sweeper back-type system. We will play mostly a man-to-man type defense. We'll try a quick outlet pass to a target player and rely on our best asset which is our speed. We'll move the ball down the sides and make the proper crossing pass."

Mothersbaugh will take the corner kicks. Twigg and Wunderle are candidates to take the free kicks.

In describing the WRC, Suba added, "Cuyahoga Falls and Stow along with Hudson look to be the strong teams. Kent Roosevelt is going to be strong also baring injuries.

"Hopefully, we will be picked as the dark horse, and we can sneak up on them."

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