Class AA soccer team capsules
BoysYokota PanthersYokota Air Base2006 record: 18-6-2, DODDS-Japan League champion, fourth in Class AACoach: Tim Pujol, sixth season.Key returnees: Stefan Welch, Sr., center-midfield (20 goals, 32 assists); Jimmy Threatt, Sr., defense; Riki Byrnes, Jr.; Cameron Shelton, Jr.; Jonathan Bernardo, Jr.; Jimmy Vosti, Jr.; Kenta Takahashi, Jr.; Jaybie Kurishima, Jr.; Jason Stroup, Jr. (10 goals).Key newcomer:s: Chad Evans, Sr.; Trey Sauls, So. goalkeeper; Tony Presnell, So., midfield; Chris Cournoyer, So., forward; Keegan Ryan, Fr., midfield.Outlook: Reloading/contending. Good core of veteran experience, but must replace scoring of Bronson Bailey, Andreas Cabral and Tom Gass (combined 56 goals, 39 assists), Scott Monahan's defense and goalkeeper Jim Scott.
Nile C. Kinnick Red DevilsYokosuka Naval Base, Japan2006 record: 7-12-2, seventh in Class AA.Coach: Shane Hernandez, first season.Key returnees: Daniel Appleman, Sr., midfield (8 goals), Jonathon Clements, Sr., midfield; Sam McAvoy, Sr., forward.Key newcomer: Pornchai Nongphayak, midfield.Outlook: Rebuilding. Graduated Taro Evans (13 goals, 6 assists) leaves big shoes to fill, as will replacing defensive cornerstone Yamato Cibulka.
Zama American TrojansCamp Zama/Atsugi Naval Air Facility2006 record: 8-12-1, eighth in Class AA.Coach: Ron Geist, fourth season.Key returnees: Jonathan Kimball, Jr., midfield-forward (8 goals, 8 assists); Baine Barrett, Sr., midfield-goalkeeper-defense-forward (6 goals); Daniel Roper, Sr., center-midfield; Mike Johnson, Jr., defense; Hoon Patterson, So., defense.Key newcomer:s: John Leipheimer, Sr., goalkeeper; Daniel Dulay, So., goalkeeper; Shawn Kee, Jr., stopper; Brittin Southard, So., midfield; Spenser Clark, So., midfield.Outlook: Rebuilding/reloading. Plenty of experience, solid offense despite losing Aaron Vest and Thomas Chung (combined 45 goals), will need work on defense and goalkeeping to become a strong contender.
Robert D. Edgren EaglesMisawa Air Base2006 record: 13-4-4, third in Class A.Coach: Jose Pumarejo, first season (transfers from Hilton Head High in South Carolina, coached team to state semifinals and quarterfinals in successive seasons).Key returnees: Chris Tobiere, Jr., stopper; Nathan Fine, Sr., midfield (10 goals, 15 assists); Thomas Harwell, Sr., goalkeeper (7 goals); Niels Johnson, Sr., defense; Devin Nelson, Sr., stopper; Andrew Verbeek, Jr., midfield; Randy Haltli, Sr., midfield.Key newcomer:s: Brandon Massie, Fr., midfield (transfer from Utah); Trent Kurek, Fr., midfield (transfer from Pensacola, Fla.).Outlook: Reloading/contending. Many holdovers from best season ever, but now must make step up from Class A to AA.
Kubasaki DragonsCamp Foster2006 record: 12-3-1, Class AA runner-up.Coach: Chris Kelly, second season.Key returnees: Justin Martinez, Sr., goalkeeper; Jacob Hess, So., midfield (7 goals); Mike Derr, Sr., midfield; Corey Harter, Sr., midfield-forward; Brent Foote, So., defense; David Krievs, So., defense.Outlook: Rebuilding/reloading. Strong in the middle and defensively, but replacing the firepower of midfielder Chris Monroy (30 goals, 9 assists) and strikers Eric Isley (12 goals, 7 assists) and James Reyes (9 goals, 6 assists) won’t be easy.
Kadena PanthersKadena Air Base2006 record: 17-1-1, defending Class AA champion.Coach: Tom McKinney, first season.Key returnees: Alex Mierzejewski, Sr., sweeper; Dean Harkum, Sr., midfield.Key newcomer:s: Terrence Jenkins, Sr., midfield; Terrone Sheffey, So., defense; Jamil Barney, So., defense; Stanley Schrock, Fr., midfield.Outlook: Rebuilding/reloading. Main strength is defense; Mierzejewski, Harkum, Barney and Sheffey will be quite a load to deal with, but replacing the departed scoring and playmaking of Nathan LaGrave, Aaron and Ben Zendejas, Kingsley McLeod and Anthony Soroka (combined 60 goals, 39 assists) and goalkeeping of Ted Awana will be their biggest challenge.
Seoul American FalconsYongsan Garrison2006 record: 12-10-2, sixth in Class AA.Coach: Swink Patterson, first season.Key returnees: David Crothers, Sr., defense; James Nutter, Sr., midfield; Chris Churchwell, Jr., midfield (14 goals); Shawn Grandy, Jr., defense; Eric Chin, Jr., midfield; Daniel Burns, Jr., midfield; Jonathan Yi, Jr., goalkeeper; Daniel Kim, Jr., midfield (8 goals).Outlook: Rebuilding. Plenty of experience among returning players, must replace the scoring of Allen Chin (12 goals) and Jessie Suh (9 goals, 6 assists).
GirlsYokota PanthersYokota Air Base2006 record: 10-9-3, fourth in Class AA.Coach: Matthew Whipple, third season.Key returnees: Breyana Anderson, Sr., striker (20 goals); Daniya Nixon, Sr., striker (15 goals); Abbie Dacosta, So., goalkeeper; Stephanie Dolby, Jr., midfield.Key newcomer:s: Lauryn Thomas, So., midfield (transfer from Virginia); Bethany Rogers, Jr., defense; Suzie Sundberg, So., striker.Outlook: Contending. Panthers have gradually climbed the Class AA ladder and could make a run at the DODDS-Japan title and another Class AA Final Four berth. Thomas will be a huge addition to that effort.
Nile C. Kinnick Red DevilsYokosuka Naval Base2006 record: 18-5-2, DODDS-Japan champion, sixth in Class AA.Coach: Nico Hindie, fifth season.Key returnees: Mariko Wood, Sr., midfielder (15 goals, 19 assists); Frances Zukowski, Sr., forward (22 goals, 10 assists); Liezel Spender, Jr., midfield-defense-forward; Nadine Mulvany, So., midfield-defense; Chelsea Wilson, So., midfield; Charlemagne Cameron, Sr., goalkeeper; Lynne Singer, Sr., defense.Key newcomer:s: Brittany Evans, Fr., midfield (transfer from Guam); Amelia Simpson, Fr., goalkeeper-defense; Mary Niemeyer, Fr., defense; Tara Bartkowski, Fr., forward-midfield.Outlook: Reloading/contending. Scoring of Lisa Murray, Sarah Greenert and Erica Niemeyer (47 goals, 19 assists) will be hard to replace, but plenty of components remain to help Red Devils make another run at DODDS-Japan title, Class AA Final Four.
Zama American TrojansCamp Zama/Atsugi Naval Air Facility2006 record: 6-11-5, 12th in Class AA.Coach: Vanessa Little, first season (coached previously in Iceland, Florida and New Jersey).Key returnees: Rachel Ravelo, So., forward (22 goals); Makita Arnold, Sr., goalkeeper; Corinne Labial, Jr., midfield-defense; Trisha Manrique, Jr., midfield; Megan Godfrey, So., midfield; Saki Johnson, So., forward; Maia Miller, So., midfield.Outlook: Reloading/contending. Ravelo's the real deal. Plenty of experience, knowledge of the game, fitness and good attitude among veterans, enthusiasm, speed, willingness to learn and great attitude among core of group of nine newcomers, six of them freshmen. Could challenge for DODDS-Japan honors, and might remain in contention for years to come.
Robert D. Edgren EaglesMisawa Air Base2006 record: 9-7-5, second in Class A.Coach: Larry Allen, second season.Key returnees: Alyssa Rodriguez, So., midfield (12 goals, reigning Class A MVP); Mia Angelella, So., midfield-forward (7 goals); Brandi Pendleton, Jr., defense; Jennifer Stryd, Jr., defense; Audrey Haltli, Jr., defense; Lissi Johnson, Jr., goalkeeper; Stephanie Wehring, Jr., midfield.Outlook: Reloading/contending. Eight starters return from team that notched finest season in school history. Stepping up from Class A to Class AA will be a challenge; so will opponents' solving Eagles’ veteran defense. Rodriguez and Angelella could help Eagles exceed 2006 success.
Kubasaki DragonsCamp Foster2006 record: 12-5-2, third in Class AA.Coach: Terry Chumley, sixth season.Key returnees: Kara Koeneke, So., midfield (26 goals); Natalie Monti, So., midfield-sweeper (11 goals); Sara Harter, So., midfield; Rina Ihu, So., midfield (6 goals); Alix Mackey, Sr., goalkeeper; Sarah Rhodes, Sr., defense; Diana White, Sr., defense.Key newcomer:s: Emily Short, Sr., defense (transfer from Okinawa Christian International; missed last season due to injury); Alexis Salmon, So., forward (transfer from Virginia); Jessica Osborne, Jr., forward (transfer from North Carolina).Outlook: Contending. Might be the strongest Dragons team since their 2003 Class AA title, balanced, experienced and talented from strikers to goalkeepers. It’s now or never, though; most of the backline graduates, while Monti and Koeneke will transfer.
Kadena PanthersKadena Air Base2006 record: 22-0-0, three-time defending Class AA champion.Coach: Hoa Nguyen, ninth season.Key returnees: Jen Abel, Sr., midfield-forward-defense (Pacific season record 70 goals, 31 assists); Kelsey Decker, Sr., center-midfield (10 goals); Nisha McChesney, So., fullback; Danielle Mefford, So., fullback; Helen Schrock, Jr., goalkeeper-midfield.Key newcomer:s: Taylor Russell, Fr., midfield; Ashley Zapp, Fr., midfield; Chelsea Cummings, Fr., sweeper.Outlook: Rebuilding/reloading. Nguyen says that annually, but this season he means it — Panthers must break in seven new starters and replace the irreplaceable, Abel’s sister Dianne (61 goals, 47 assists) as well as replace six other players who combined for 50 goals and 63 assists.
Seoul American FalconsYongsan Garrison2006 record: 18-4-1, fifth in Class AA.Coach: Lori Cannon, seventh season.Key returnees: Angye Law, Jr., midfield (13 goals, 6 assists); Erica Anglade, Jr., midfield (15 goals); Angie Vandersys, Jr., midfield.Key newcomer: Jessie Bolander, So., midfield.Outlook: Rebuilding. Whitney Grandy, who graduated, returns as an assistant. They face a long, hard road; only three seniors on the roster, and only four starters return. Very young; the only way to go is up