Who says the No. 13 is unlucky?
After winning 13 games last season on the pitch, Ravenswood soccer looks to build upon that number of victories in 2018 under veteran head coach Todd Murray.
Plenty of faces who helped the red and black produce those wins last year are back.
“We’ve got a lot of experience and a lot of talent,” said Murray, who is set to embark on his eighth season as Ravenswood’s head coach.
The 2003 Ravenswood High graduate, who has also enjoyed success as the school’s head boys track and field coach, welcomed back a senior who earned his fair share of postseason honors in 2017.
Colton Clark was named the Region IV Player of the Year and also earned Class AA-A First Team All-State honors by the West Virginia High School Coaches Association.
“He spent two months in the Army this summer,” said Murray. “He got released right when the preseason (practices) started. He graduated from basic training. He’s a lot stronger right now than he was last year. He’s a lot different kid now since the spring. He’s the heart of the team.”
Two other players who were recognized in the postseason last year are back in Jacob Tanner and Josh Mize. Tanner was a Region IV Second Team pick and Mize garnered Honorable Mention.
Ravenswood lost five players to graduation in Jalen Wayt, Jake Hendricks, Nathan Hall, Nicholas Brown and Zach Brown. Hendricks was a Region IV Second Team pick.
Joining Clark, Mize and Tanner in the senior class are returners Noah Freeman, Hunter Van Kirk and Bradley Parker. Two senior newcomers are Austin Garrett and Justin Williams.
The sophomores for Ravenswood are McCaden Cooper, Clayton Tanner, Mason Butler, Mychal Boggs, Hayden Reynolds, Seth Marra, Caleb Maxon and Nate Weekley.
Four freshmen have joined Coach Murray’s program in Ethan Tanner, Dillon Winter, Kaden Williams and Tyler Brown.
Clark, Parker and Butler are the captains.
Murray loves the togetherness of this team.
“Having that many kids playing four years together now, they are starting to mesh and know each other,” he said. “I feel sometimes team chemistry can outshine talent.”
While postseason time in high school soccer is always a battle, Murray has high hopes for this team and many goals.
One of the first is to claim a sectional championship.
He will look for progress each and every game until tournament time rolls around.
Ravenswood opens its season on August 23 against Poca.