Vikings may surprise opponents

Gloria Austin, Special to The County
9 years ago

The East Grand boys soccer team may surprise some opponents this season.
“We will be young on paper, but long on experience on the field …  the guys know where to be and how to play the game,” said East Grand coach Andrew Latvis. “We should be far improved over last year’s team and could make a run at a Class D playoff spot if the team comes together.”

Latvis, a veteran coach of 26 years — coaching both girls and boys varsity soccer as well as a four-year stint as middle school coach for East Grand — has a strong core of players.
Anchoring the defense this season is freshman goalie Thomas Gilman, who started in goal for the Vikings as an eighth-grader last year. Senior Jimmy Brittain will be sweeper and freshman Lendin Stoddard and sophomore Wyatt Oliver will be the fullbacks. Sophomore Peter Apgar will be the team’s stopper and help control the defense.
Latvis’ midfield consists of senior Alex Stoddard, the team’s leading returning scorer, along with Philip Farley and Brady McEwen.
The offensive line will be sparked by sophomore Jacob Davis, who should see plenty of chances to score, along with Trevor Fronczak, a transfer student from MDI and junior Kyle Gilman, who has some of the team’s best foot work, according to their coach.
Coming off the bench will be junior Jim Schuurman at midfield, along with eighth-graders Matthew Apgar on defense and Lucas Young, who will see time up front and should score some goals, said Latvis.