Lincoln County High School’s Falcon soccer takes the field with a lot of new faces with a strong nine freshmen joining the team. But, LCHS also sees the experience of 14 returning from last year’s squad.
The Falcons are led for the second year by Coach J.D. Hall. He is again assisted by Danny Knight.
“We’ve got more depth this year. We’ve got some young guys who’ll be big contributors,” Coach Hall said. “Everyone brings some soccer experience to the table and that gives us more options. The guys have a good ‘team’ attitude, pretty good speed and are working very hard.
“Our district is always tough,” Hall added. “There’s more balance this year – Columbia and Tullahoma are teams we’ve always got to go through.”
District 8-AAA was realigned beginning the 2013 school year. Coffee County returns as a district match-up along with Shelbyville, Columbia, Lawrence County, Tullahoma and Franklin County.
The Falcons have a roster of 23 going into the season. On the defensive side, look for Stephen Chaplin, Dakota Griffith, Ben Alford and James Fee; at the midfield, Anselmo Sanchez, Steven Ho, Matt Parker and Tyler Jones; and offensively, Thomas Frye and Noah Sandoval. Jacob Barcsansky is the keeper.
Filling the role as senior leaders are Fry, Ho, Parker Barcsansky and Jones. Juniors are Ben Alford, Ryan Richardson and Anselmo Sanchez. Sophomores include James Townsend, Clay Wilson, Oscar Sanchez, Noah Sandoval and Alex Ottley. Freshmen are Brad Alford, Stephen Chaplin, Ben Robinson, Zach Tennison, Austin Pruett, Drew Womble, James Fee, Manning Appling and Miguel Martinez.
Lincoln County’s regular season kicks off March 8 at home against Marshall County starting at 2 p.m. Following spring break, the Falcons host Brentwood Academy starting at 4 p.m. On March 27, LCHS travels to Coffee County for the first district action of the season getting underway at 7 p.m.