The Centerville boys soccer team has won three straight Class A sectional titles, but the Bulldogs of 2014 will feature a different look.
Cody Weiss was a big part of that success, but is one of six seniors lost to graduation.
Soccer season is around the corner with Seton Catholic and Union County among the teams hoping to end Centerville’s reign.
Scott Ferguson returns for a second year as head coach for the Bulldogs.
Centerville finished 8-4-2 last year, falling 2-1 to Indianapolis Scecina in its consecutive regional appearance.
Senior goalkeeper Casey Crumbaugh is back, but Ferguson said he is dealing with an injury and hopes to return in September.
Four seniors return, including Crumbaugh, leading scorer Conner Dillon, and defenders Trevor Miller and David Hatch.
“It’s a good senior class,” Ferguson said. “We have two staples for our program with Trevor Miller and David Hatch. They’re captains this year. They’re the ones that were getting guys together for workouts. They want to win, they want to get Centerville soccer to keep winning and not just this year.”
Ferguson said there could also be two more seniors out for the team.
A big crew of juniors includes Ricky Torres, Devin Christian, Hunter Pruitt, Seth Castleman, Logan Moistner, Jakob Ryan, Conner Allen and Trevor Culbertson.
A. J. Taylor and Colton Sawyer are sophomores and Ferguson said there are seven freshmen also vying for playing time.
The Bulldogs open the season by hosting National Trail Aug. 25 at 7 p.m.
Union County has advanced to a sectional final in each of Brian Nixon’s years as the team’s head coach.
However, the Patriots have been turned away each time by the same area foe in Centerville.
The Patriots finished the season with a 6-1 loss to Centerville in last year’s IHSAA Class A Sectional final at Knightstown.
Five seniors lead the way for Union County in 2014 in Bryan Lugo Lora, Koleten Marker, David Reeder, Gerritt Persinger and Jacob Nixon.
The Patriots’ roster also features juniors Cody Volz, Levi Oswald and Austin Harrison.
Union County opens its season Tuesday at Batesville.
The Seton Catholic Cardinals set a school record for wins and had their first winning season at 8-4-1 last year.
Graduated from that team are Craig Heyob — who set a school record with 14 goals in his only year playing — and Charlie Stiens, who was second on the team with seven.
Santiago Velandia is the only senior on the 2014 squad after he and junior Colten Pipenger each had five goals last year.
Cliff Dickman, Maria Stiens, Sal Vincent, Michael Perdomoa and Chris Easley also return to the Cardinals.
Jake Leverton, Vincent Mosey and Michael Haber are sophomores and freshmen Trey Bartkus and Matt Moore will be looking to contribute at the varsity level.
The Cardinals open the season 5:30 p.m. Aug. 21 at Freeman Park against National Trail.
“We have a team, I think that has showed they’re going to be able to control the ball,” Seton coach Greg Stiens said. “Before we mostly relied strictly on our quickness and our defense and that’s one thing we’re rebuilding is our defense. We should have a strong midfield and strong people up front at strikers.”