Northwood Academy soccer teams going strong
By David Shelton
North Charleston – Soccer has become quite successful at Northwood Academy in recent years and that trend appears to be holding true in 2017.
Northwood is fielding highly competitive teams in boys and girls soccer this spring and each looks forward to an opportunity to compete in the state playoffs.
The boys’ team, coached by David Harrison, won state titles in 2012 and 2013 and reached the finals last spring. Harrison has a quality mixture of veterans and newcomers and feels the team can be a title contender.
“We have built a culture of winning where the expectations are to be a championship caliber team every season,” Harrison says. “This is a very special group of young men who have overcome a lot of adversity. Our focus is to get better every day and remain focused to make another great run in the playoffs.”
The Chargers won 11 of their first 14 games this spring against a very competitive schedule. Two of the three losses came to state contender Thomas Sumter Academy by scores of 1-0 and 2-1.
Offensively, this year’s team is led by seniors Wes Miller and Tyler Harrison. Both are talented goal-scoring threats and all-state caliber players.
Adding offensively are Kris Collins, Caleb Loudin, Caleb Anderson, Jon Totuszynski, Caleb Claymon and Nathaniel Yoho. Collins, a senior, is a former baseball player with Northwood.
Defensively, Harrison is impressed with the solid play in goal from tandem Cam Roberts and Ryan Holmes, who have combined for nine shutouts. Aiding in the defensive effort from the back are Nicholas Yoho, Ilan Villavicencio, Colby Wright, Davis Diel and Noah Heffner.
Contributing to the solid depth off the bench are Nic Halverson, Cliff Pinckney, Christian Papa, Nate Waite and Sean Peavy.
The Northwood girls are off to a 3-2 start in conference play and sit at 5-6 overall. Eighth-grade forward Sydney Halverson is among the team’s top offensive players with five goals and one assist.
Senior McKenzie Yon has come from her all-state, state championship season in basketball and is finding her soccer mojo of late. Yon has five goals with six assists this season.
Senior Paige Smalls and senior Kaitlyn Merklien each have scored three goals while senior Katelyn Klutts has scored twice.
Working solidly in goal is senior keeper Savannah Noel, who has allowed just 12 goals and recorded 46 saves this season.