Coach: Keith Miller, 10th season.?
2012: 13-5, 6-1 North Central Ohio Soccer Association
Returning letterwinners: Senior Brodie Johns (D). Juniors Alec McMillan (D/MID); Aaron Pirc (MID); Brad Roeder (MID/D); Clay Musgrave (GK). Sophomores Taylor Emerick (F/MID); Brandon Miller (F); Sam Duress (F/MID).
Upper Sandusky boys soccer: (front, left) Luis Camacho, Alex Brodman, Seth Lortz, Jasper Stansbery, Eli Kinley, Cameron Brady, Nick Hensel; (middle) Sam Durress, Taylor Emerick, Alec McMillan, Bailey Ray, Nick Reid, Mitch Fogle, Brodie Johns, Kyle Romanko, Alec MaGinn, Luis Ayala; (back) Keith Miller, Aaron Pirc, Austin Myers, Brad Roeder, Stevie Tracy, Clay Musgrave, Scott Koehler, Max Frey, Alex Engle, Austin Gottfried, Dan Reid.
Others: Juniors Nick Hensel (MID); Nick Reid (D); Luis Ayala (MID); Kyle Romanko (D); Luis Camacho (MID). Sophomores Bailey Ray (D); Alec MaGinn (MID); Stevie Tracy (D/GK); Mitch Fogle (D/MID), Austin Myers (D). Austin Gottfried (D). Freshmen Jasper Stansbery (F), Cameron Brady (F/MID), Seth Lortz, Alex Engle (MID); Max Frey (D); Alex Brodman (D); Eli Kinley (MID/F); Scott Koehler.
Outlook: Last year the Rams came up just a game shy of an NCOSA title.
This year the Rams bring back eight letterwinners and welcome two more competitors in the league as they pursue a NCOSA title.
"We graduated quite a few seniors," Miller said. "We'll be rebuilding our defense."
It will be built around the team's lone senior in Johns.
"It's a work in progress right now," Miller said of the defense. Ayala, McMillan and Myers all figuring in the defensive mix.
The team lost three players from the midfield as well but the long-time USHS mentor is hoping Emerick can make a smooth transition from forward back to mid to help cushion the blow.
He was the team's leading scorer with 24 goals.
"He knows he's going to help us out more in the midfield," Miller said. "He plays club soccer so he understands that dependent on your personnel you have make changes sometimes. I think it's going to be a positive because sometimes I have a hard time getting my center midfield to shoot the ball. They like to be the assist person and he won't have a problem with that."
Pirc and Duress should also see time at the midfield.
Miller and Brady will man the forward spots.
"If the defense leaves any of those guys unmarked, they're going to be in trouble because they all have pretty good shots on goal," Miller said.
In the net will be Musgrave, who saw some time in net last season.
Miller said the league should stack up pretty well this year.
"Liberty-Benton will probably be the top team. Their team consisted of pretty much juniors last year so they'll have one more year. They're probably the team to beat," Miller said. "Riverdale (and coach Jon) Hayfield, I always hate playing his team at the end of the season because sometimes his teams are a little slow getting started, but by the end of the season, his teams are ready to go."
Columbian and Marion Harding will be joining the league.
"Realistically, unless we beat Liberty-Benton, and don't falter against those other teams, we'll probably come in the same as last year and finish second," Miller said.