Greater Portland Christian School Lions Fall Sports Preview

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Senior Jeremy Powers is a key veteran for the GPCS boys’ soccer team.

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Seniors Kaeley Brann (20), Courtney Spaulding (14) and Megan Smith (13) are top returners for the GPCS girls’ soccer team.

Contributed photo.

BOYS’ SOCCER

Coach: Chris Spaulding (10th year)

2017 results: 5-9-1 (Lost, 2-1, to Rangeley in Class D South prelim)

Top returning players: Jeremy Powers (Senior), Micah LaSalle (Sophomore), Kaleb Reagan (Sophomore)

Coach’s comment: “We have three returning players who will lead from the midfield.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: GPCS looks to get back to the playoffs this fall and despite the departure of all-region selection Mason Jones, has the pieces in place to do so.

Powers is a three-year starter in the midfield and will be a leader this season. LaSalle is another key midfielder. Reagan will see time in the midfield and in the back.

The Lions will have a chance to go head-to-head with several of the teams they will be battling for playoff spots. If this squad shows steady improvement, GPCS could improve on last year’s record and be more of a playoff threat.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

Coach: Chris Spaulding (third year)

2017 results: 0-13 (no postseason)

Top returning players: Kaeley Brann (Senior), Megan Smith (Senior), Courtney Spaulding (Senior)

Coach’s comment: “We have three seniors who should help the development of a young team with their experience and leadership.”

The Forecaster’s forecast: GPCS couldn’t get in the win column a year ago, but hopes to be far more competitive this fall.

This year’s squad is paced by three seniors, Spaulding in the midfield and fullbacks Brann and Smith. Several other players will have a chance to excel in the weeks to come.

The Lions have nowhere to go but up this fall and if the team can enjoy some early success, they could make a run at a playoff spot.

Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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