Although the Plymouth South boys soccer team won only three games this fall, first-year head coach Kyle Leavitt said it was a step in the right direction for the program.
PLYMOUTH – Although the Plymouth South boys soccer team won only three games this fall, first-year head coach Kyle Leavitt said it was a step in the right direction for the program.
"We could have pulled some more wins together," said Leavitt, whose team finished 3-10-6. "We were in a lot of the games. Turn a few of those ties into wins and it would have been much different. But we performed well, and we definitely laid the foundation for the future."
The Panthers scored a respectable number of goals, but their defense was porous at times, surrendering four or more goals in nine games.
"We just could not perform for a full 80 minutes," Leavitt said. "We’d have mental breakdowns and had trouble defending from the backline all the way to the forwards. We scored a lot of goals, but we conceded too many."
The Panthers will graduate seven starters, including Patriot League All-Stars Cam Brenner and Emmanuel Ovabor. Brenner, who alternated between center-midfield and forward, was second in the league in scoring with 21 points, including 13 goals. Ovabor added 12 goals and six assists.
"Cam was our best playmaker," Leavitt said. "He was very athletic, great with the ball, could shoot with his right or left foot, just a well-rounded player. Emmanuel was a workhorse, very skilled on the ball and great in 1-on-1 situations."
Center-back Brendan Morey and midfielder Tyler Duncan will also be missed. Morey notched eight assists from the backline, while Duncan played a variety of positions. "Brendan had a long throw-in that could put the ball in the box and create dangerous opportunities for us," Leavitt said. "Tyler was our jack-of-all-trades and always seemed to get the job done."
Also winding up their Plymouth South careers was center-back Zack Krim, goalie Austin Fuller and forward/midfielder Sam Gouveia.
The Panthers will lose a total of 14 seniors. Coming off the bench were defenders Justin Cordeiro, Devin Orgettas, Matt O’Leary and Sebastian Yang, forwards Njaga Mbuthia and Will Strout and midfielder Paul Levy.
A pair of junior midfielders who contributed this season will return. Sean White scored four goals, while James Donlan collected nine assists. The Panthers will also welcome back junior Calisto Betti, who started in his sophomore season but missed this year with a torn ACL.
"I’m definitely optimistic about next season. We have a great group of kids returning, and a lot of them are good role models and leaders," Leavitt said. "I think the chemistry coming back is going to be fantastic."