Class A boys capsulesJapanE.J. King CobrasSasebo Naval Base2008 record-12-13-1.Coach-Steve Casner, first season.Key returners-Jon-Jon Green, Sr., forward-midfielder (18 goals); Ta’mir Seraphin, Jr., forward (11 goals); Mark Zirion, Sr., midfielder; Jeremy Ruelos, Sr., forward-midfielder (5 goals).Key newcomer-Ronnie Cardona, Sr., center-midfielder.Outlook-Contending. Depth is an issue "but our first string can hang with anybody," and while experience lacks at a couple of key positions, "we have the heart and desire to make up for it," Casner said. Good core of experienced players, Casner’s expecting strong play from Green and Cardona to lead the team.Matthew C. Perry SamuraiMarine Corps Air Station Iwakuni2008 record-5-19.Coach-Mark Lange, sixth season.Key returners-Andre Bugawan, Jr., forward; Matt Villalino, Jr., midfielder.Key newcomers-Sean Barker, So., midfielder (transfer from North Carolina); Justin Clement, Sr., midfielder; Dims Wakimoto, So., defender.Outlook-Rebuilding, yet again. Many Samurai playing high school soccer for the first time. Only one senior, Clement, on the roster; four freshmen will see significant minutes. Quick learners; a stronger Far East Class A tournament showing may be possible.Robert D. Edgren EaglesMisawa Air Base2008 record-6-16-1.Coach-Justin Edmonds, second season.Key returners-Brandon Massie, Jr., forward (21 goals in 2008; 48 in two seasons); Ja’maal Dennis, Jr., goalkeeper.Key newcomer-Stephan Massie, So.Outlook-Rebuilding. As long as Brandon Massie’s on the field, Eagles stand a fighting chance. But depth and experience are issues, as the team is mostly very young.South KoreaDaegu American WarriorsCamp George2008 record-6-13-3.Coach-Larry Knierim, fourth season.Key returners-Ben Beaulieux, Sr., fullback; Patrick Buehl, Sr., forward-midfielder; Phillip Cox, Sr., forward-midfielder (14 goals); Gianluca Scoppa, Sr., midfielder; Greg Jones, Sr., goalkeeper; Sam No, Sr., forward-midfielder; Chong Kwon, So., forward-midfielder; Evan Lobeto, So., forward-midfielder.Key newcomers-Richard Benavente, Sr., defender; Taka McDougal, Jr., midfielder; Tyrone Beckem, So., defender-goalkeeper.Outlook-Rebuilding. Many young players, a few who have never been on the pitch before.Osan American CougarsOsan Air Base2008 record-9-18-1.Coach-Duke Allen, second season.Key returners-Derek Becker, Sr., center-midfielder (27 goals, 12 assists); Eugene So., Jr., forward (12 goals, 7 assists); Adonte’ Murry, Sr., stopper; Dong Choi, Sr., fullback; Cory Peckins, So., fullback; Kee Park, So., wing; Yon Tolliver, So., forward-wing (7 goals); Juan Palacios, So., forward; Billy Bortscheller, So., midfielder; David Chorley, Sr., goalkeeper.Key newcomers-Jake Mattison, Fr., center-midfielder (transfer from Texas); Don Dewitt, Jr., sweeper; Tim Neher, So., defender; Richard Mejia, Fr., goalkeeper.Outlook-Rebuilding-reloading. Although several starters return, the roster is comprised of predominantly underclassmen. Still, Becker and So loom as two of the Korean-American Interscholastic Activities Conference’s top playmakers and Mattison is a "phenomenal" freshman, Allen says.Class A girls capsules
JapanMatthew C. Perry SamuraiMarine Corps Air Station Iwakuni2008 record-9-7-4.Coach-Christopher Anderson, fifth season.Key returners-Kate Cutshall, Jr., goalkeeper; Heather Hyson, Jr., center-midfielder (5 goals, 4 assists); Karla Stroud, Sr., forward (20 goals); Lizzy Dover, Sr., defense.; Kristen Leikwold, So., forward; Ari Morcarski, So., defender.Key newcomers-Danielle Dobson, Sr., forward (transfer from Pensacola, Fla.); Nora Abbas, So., forward.Outlook-Contending, especially in Class A. In Dobson, the Samurai have the lead-pipe-cinch finisher they lost when Taylor Dunphy took her 20 goals to the States after the 2007 season. She couples with Stroud to give Perry a solid two-pronged attack. Hyson, Stroud and Cutshall, among others, hope to build on the first over-.500 season in school history.Robert D. Edgren EaglesMisawa Air Base2008 record-2-17-3.Coach-Mark Pierce, first season (transferred from Kaiserslautern, Germany).Key returners-Audrey Haltli, Sr. (4 goals); Chandra Melillo, Sr.; Jaelen Knolla, Sr.; Marissa Goodwin, So.; Stephanie Tanner, Jr.; Heather Eiler, Sr.Key newcomers-Bailey Howard, Fr., forward; Jessica Bergman, Jr., midfielder.Outlook-Rebuilding. Much will depend on the performance of the defensive back four and the goalkeeper; Lissi Johnson’s shoes will be tough to fill. Howard adds talent up front; Bergman, a transfer from Virginia whose strong suit is volleyball, provides intensity and depth in the midfield.South KoreaDaegu American WarriorsCamp George2008 record-15-6-2, Class A runner-up.Coach-Ed Thompson, fourth season.Key returners-Linda Martinez, Sr., stopper; Agnes Choi, Sr., sweeper; Kristina Bergman, So., midfielder (9 goals); Victoria Lagat, Jr., defender; Victoria Jones, Jr., defender; Angie Martinez, So., forward-midfielder; Gulee Kwon, So., forward-midfielder; Kim Compton, Sr., forward-midfielder; Hana Noguchi, So.; Clarissa Cho., So.; Michelle Fox, So.Key newcomers-Melia Lagat, Fr.; Hanna Smith, Jr.Outlook-Rebuilding-reloading for KAIAC; contending in Class A, 11 of 16 players return from a team that posted a school-best 15-6-2 record. Departed twins Nikki and Morgan Calisto (21 goals, 7 assists) will be tough to replace.Osan American CougarsOsan Air Base2008 record-16-8-3.Coach-Sung Plourde, ninth season.Key returners-Celine Baldevia, Sr., midfielder; Fu-Chung Miller, Sr., defender; Angela Frisby, Jr., forward-midfielder; Alina Hauter, So., sweeper; Jasmine Pressley, So., forward-midfielder (22 goals, 7 assists).Key newcomers-Sofia Hemmer, Sr., midfielder-defender; Courtney Ouellette, So., midfielder; Lucie Yunevich, So., midfielder; Bria Pressley, Fr., forward.Outlook-Reloading. Youthful squad features five players taking the pitch for the first time and four in their first year of high school soccer. Five returning starters will be heavily counted on for leadership.Friday’s summariesSouth KoreaBoysTaejon Christian International 3, Seoul American 1At DaejeonSAHS 0 1—1TCIS 0 3—3Goal-SAHS, Rozier Cody 1 (1); TCIS goals not available.Osan American 3, Centennial Christian 3At Osan Air BaseCCS 2 1—3Osan 0 3—3Goals-Osan, Eugene So 3 (3). Assists-Osan, Derek Becker 2, Jake Mattison 1.Seoul Foreign 8, Daegu American 0At SeoulDaegu 0 0—0SFS 4 4—8Goals-SFS, Ben Neumann 2 (7), Ryan Suh 2 (2), Andrew Park 1 (3), Jacob Lunden-Welden 1 (2), Patrick Byun 1 (1), Ernst Dencher 1 (1). Assists-SFS, Ben Neumann 2, Paul Choi 1, John Choi 1, Jacob Lunden-Welden 1, Andrew Park 1.GirlsSeoul American 0, Taejon Christian International 0At DaejeonSAHS 0 0—0TCIS 0 0—0Osan American 7, Centennial Christian 1At Osan Air BaseCCS 0 1—1Osan 4 3—7Goals-Osan, Bria Pressley 3 (3), Stephanie McDole 2 (2), Lucie Yunevich 1 (1), Jasmine Pressley 1 (1). Assists-Osan, Jasmine Pressley 3, Sofia Hemmer 1, Angela Frisby 1.Seoul Foreign 3, Daegu American 0At SeoulDaegu 0 0—0SFS 1 2—3Goals-SFS, Karen Lee 2 (7), Brittney Rader 1 (4). Assists-SFS, Brittney Rader 1, Leah Chung 1, Maria Bugane 1. Saves-SFS, Rachel Wolochatiuk 1.OkinawaBoysKubasaki 1, Mil United (men’s club) 1At Camp FosterMil U 1 0—1Kubasaki 0 1-1Goal-Kubasaki, Mitch Shibley 1 (1). Assist-Kubasaki, Rimar West 1.JapanBoysYokota 10, Matthew C. Perry 0At Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniYokota 4 6—10Perry 0 0— 0Goals-Yokota, Tony Presnell 4 (4), Jimmy Niescier 2 (2), Omar Yuksel 2 (2), Keegan Ryan 1 (1), Christian Heimlich 1 (1). Assists-Yokota, Tony Presnell 2, Keegan Ryan 2.Canadian Academy 4, Zama American 2At Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniCA 1 3—4Zama 1 1—2Goals-Zama, Steven Burritica 2 (2). Assist-Zama, Spenser Clark 1.
E.J. King 2, Nile C. Kinnick 2At Sasebo Naval BaseKinnick 1 1—2King 1 1—2Goals-Kinnick, Ryutaro Matsushita 1 (1), Marcus Boehler 1 (1); King, Jeremy Ruelos 2 (2). Assists-Kinnick, David Bailey 1, David Krievs 1; King, Ryan Wagner 1.GirlsNile C. Kinnick 5, Robert D. Edgren 0At Yokosuka Naval BaseEdgren 0 0—0Kinnick 3 2—5Goals-Kinnick, Chelsea Keolanui-Wilson 1 (1), Marie Connor 1 (1), Megan Pomeroy 1 (1), Sabrina Barrera 1 (1), Brittany Evans 1 (1). Assists-Kinnick, Marie Connor 1, Brittany Evans 1, Audrey Parker 1.Yokota 7, Nagoya International 0At Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniYokota 2 5—7NIS 0 0—0Goals-Yokota, Jennifer Black 3 (3), Shannon Lowder 1 (1), Anya Brown 1 (1), Emily Evans 1 (1), Mia Angelella 1 (1). Assists-Yokota, Lexus Perez 2, Kelli Cournoyer 1.Zama American 4, Matthew C. Perry 1At Marine Corps Air Station IwakuniZama 2 2—4Perry 1 0—1Goals-Zama, Aubrey Ashliman 2 (2), Eris Pitts 1 (1), Mallarie Ashliman 1 (1); Perry, Danielle Dobson 1 (10). Assists-Zama, Mallarie Ashliman 3, Celina Quallio 1.