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Porter boys soccer hopes to build on success

Porter boys soccer hopes to build on success

Boys Soccer Jan. 6, 2016 | Yes Minded |The boys soccer team made the playoffs for the first time, then advanced to the Class 5A regional quarterfinals, proving anything's possible for the program and pushing the bar higher for the future.

"That was pivotal," coach John Brown said.


"The guys have worked for that since they were in the eighth grade, and they saw their efforts come together and learned what it was like to set a long-term goal and achieve it. It was a great thing for Porter High School altogether."


Now they're looking to build on their break-through showing.


The Spartans open the 2016 season Thursday, Jan. 7, at the Willis tournament.


"We're really looking to take it one day at a time and one match at a time, but the excitement level is really high up there all around the school for the soccer program," Brown said.


Porter graduated four players, including first-team all-district midfielder Robert Medina, and lost senior forward Christian Arias, last year's leading goal scorer who is no longer with the program.


Seniors MF/defender Abner Rodriguez, MF/forward Juan Morua and defenders Frank Ramirez and Eric Cruz return, along with junior D Misael De Luna.


Ramirez is a captain who can fill several roles.


"He's a really good utility player," Brown said.


"You can put him anywhere and he's going to get the job done, and make some things happen for the team on the field."


The top newcomers are sophomore F John Flores and junior goalkeeper Brayan Rodriguez.


Flores came up from JV late last season and scored twice in the playoffs. He's a potential replacement for Arias' production up top, as are Morua and Ramirez.


Rodriguez didn't play last season while recovering from knee surgery, opening the door for junior GK Freddy Castanon, who also returns.


If Rodriguez isn't in goal, he'll play somewhere on the field.


"I'm real happy to see him improve, and stick it out and overcome such a devastating thing for a high school kid to have to go through," Brown said.


Porter scrimmaged at defending 5A champion Lufkin in December and Jan. 4 at Woodforest Stadium against The Woodlands and Magnolia.


"We'll be able to have a really good evaluation where our strengths and weaknesses are," Brown said.

Source: Houston Chronicle (