Archive for Thursday, September 22, 2005

JV soccer: Perfect

September 22, 2005

Don Dubberley knows it may sound cliched, but there's no denying his "take it one game at a time" strategy works.

The Lansing High junior varsity soccer coach's team is proof of that. By adopting his philosophy, the Lions have rolled to a 6-0 record this season. That's why Dubberley dismisses questions about whether his squad can run the table this season and go 16-0.

"I just want to go one game at a time," he said. "The guys know what they need to do to win."

Dubberley said the Lions' success this season boils down to two things: experience and communication. Most of his squad are sophomores and juniors. Just two freshmen - Metin DePaolis and Hawkins Hall - are on the JV roster this year. The vast majority of the squad played together last year when LHS went undefeated at home, so Dubberley said his players are very familiar with each other.

"They listen to each other and they know what they need to do," he said. "They're smart kids. Every one of them is so smart. I don't have to preach at them like I did last year. They're growing up as a team."

The Lions have had a balanced scoring attack this year. Sophomore Ben Hancock leads the team with five goals. Junior Tylor McNeill and sophomores Dennis Wood and Nick Stevenson have two apiece. Juniors Nate Markovetz, Adam New, Justin Nickum, sophomore Chance Thackston and DePaolis all have one goal. Markovetz leads LHS with three assists.

Lansing has outscored its opponents 16-1 this year.

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