2017 Palo Verde Boys Soccer Capsule


League: Class 4A Northwest

Head coach: Garry Shackley, third season

2016 record: 16-5 (9-3 Northwest, second)

Returning lettermen (starters): Fourteen (six)

Top athletes: F Presten Manthey (Sr.), F Henry Robledo-Matadamas (Sr.), F Timothy Stephens (So.), MF Zechariah Ruffer (Sr.), F Bryan Montoya (Jr.), MF Michael Vogel (Jr.), D Cole Lawrence (So.)

Outlook: The Panthers return six starters from last season, including their offensive firepower.

Manthey (18 goals, 18 assists), Robledo-Matadamas (15 goals, 10 assists), Stephens (12 goals) and Montoya (5 goals, 1 assist) all return as strikers with support from Ruffer (4 goals, 4 assists) and Vogel (3 goals, 6 assists) in the midfield.

“The team remains relatively young this season,” Shackley said. “We have many talented players, and the offense from last season remains intact. We have high hopes of a successful campaign.”