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Boys Varsity Soccer 2014 Pre-Season Update

Providence Academy

2788 Carroll Creek Road

Johnson City, TN 37615

(423) 854-9819 Office

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Date:                August 12, 2014                                      Contact:           Martin Sells

For:                 Immediate Release                                                           Athletic Director


Providence Academy Knights

Boys Varsity Soccer

2014 Pre-Season Update


Boys Varsity Soccer Coach - Mike Cash

Coach Cash has been the Varsity Boys Soccer coach for six seasons and has a record of 74-23-14.


2013-2014 Record10-7-2

2014 Outlook:

Returning eight players from last year who either started or played a lot of minutes gives Providence Academy optimism for the upcoming 2014 season.  On the other hand, the school lost several starters who accounted for much of the scoring.  Someone will need to fill those shoes and put the ball in the net.  The soccer team had a great camp this summer and competed well against a high level of competition.  Adam Baxter, Neil Stoltzfus, Kyle Clendenon, J.D. Reynolds, Michael Hollandsworth, Alex Williams, and Creighton Kellum played well defensively and looked promising for 2014.  Scoring also looked bright as returning seniors and starters Merritt McKinney, John Kees, and Reid Smith, along with junior forward Jared Grace, created several goals and many good scoring opportunities.  Outside halfbacks Isaiah Owens (sophomore) and Nathan Boccarossa (junior) added to the scoring threat with good passing and creative play.  Henry Holben and Malachi Hayes worked hard at camp and gave good minutes in a variety of positions.  Freshmen Campbell Kellum, Luke Robertson, Jackson Hester, Levi Little, and Noah Davis are a welcome addition to the team.  Providence prays this team will continue to improve their skills and team play and continually strive to please the “one man audience,” that is “to please God” through the game of soccer.


Upcoming Challenges:  Thoughts from Coach Cash on upcoming challenges:  “I am anxious to see how our scoring will go this season after losing eight seniors with three of them accounting for 57 goals last season. I am also concerned about our injuries at this point.  Seniors Kyle Clendenon, John Kees, and Merritt McKinney are all out for several weeks with a variety of injuries.  Opening the season against a strong Asheville Christian team and not having these three will be a challenge.”


What makes the NACA tournament so special for Providence Academy?  The Providence Academy sports program is not affiliated with a local conference of schools.  The NACA tournament in Dayton, Tennessee gives the Providence Academy sports teams a chance to play in an end-of-the-season tournament, a chance to play against some of the best Christian and private school soccer teams in the nation, and a place where athletes can showcase their talents before college coaches.  Pool play determines the Division in which teams will play.  After pool play, teams compete for the NACA championship of the assigned division.  The opportunity to see great soccer and to compete for a championship is an exciting way to end the season. 


What players of significance have graduated from our program?

Providence Academy has had many young men move on and play at the next level.  In 2007, Parker Duncan signed to play soccer at Memphis University.  Duncan was a four year starter at Memphis, led the team in scoring three of his four years and was named all conference two of those years.  Duncan holds the single season scoring record at Providence Academy.

Tim Boswell, teammate to Duncan, signed the same year with Grove City College.  Boswell was an outstanding player at Providence as a scorer and as a passer.  Duncan and Boswell worked great together with many of Duncan’s goals coming from a pass from Boswell.

In 2008, two more outstanding players emerged from Providence:  Caleb Williams and Chad Clendenon.  Caleb Williams, a strong and skilled forward, netted 51 career goals and 33 assists while at Providence.  Williams signed to play for North Greenville in 2008.  Chad Clendenon, one of the quickest and most skilled players, racked up 69 goals and 29 assists in his Providence career.  Clendenon had multiple offers to play after high school, with some being Division 1.  He turned down those offers and chose to spend his time at the University of Tennessee seeking his degree in Chemical Engineering.

In 2013, Jonathan Hecht moved on to play soccer at Covenant College.  As a goalie at Providence for three years, Hecht averaged seven shutouts each year with a 1.12 average goals given up each game.

Most recently, three key players - Sterling Fooshee, Jeffrey Schoondyke, and Jake Weaver - moved on to play college athletics at Milligan College.  Sterling Fooshee, a crafty midfielder, was a significant part of the scoring attack while at Providence.  Fooshee suffered a major injury during his senior year and missed over half the season; however, his work ethic and determination has allowed him to continue his soccer endeavors, and he signed last year with Milligan.

Jeffrey Schoondyke, a strong midfielder and key scorer for Providence, also signed to play soccer at Milligan.  In 2013, Schoondyke netted 11 goals and contributed 13 assists.

Jake Weaver, a scrappy forward, chose baseball over soccer at Milligan.  Weaver scored 28 goals last season and tallied 9 assists.

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