West Orange ranks No. 1 in Super Six
Trinity Prep rides 8-game win streak under new head coach
Not much has changed in the world of boys soccer since Ray Sandidge last coached at the high school level. It’s been a topic of discussion since taking over the program at Trinity Prep.
“The players are all still the same, but one of the main things that’s changed is the music,” Sandidge said with a laugh. “Other than that, the players at Trinity have really bought in and they want to be successful.”
Sandidge, a long-time area club soccer coach, has embraced his return to the high school game after a 15-year hiatus. He led Lyman to the state semifinals in 1992 and a state runner-up finish in 1993 during his 14 seasons with the Greyhounds. He later coached in the high school ranks with a five-year run at Winter Park.
“It’s been fantastic. I’ve really been enjoying it,” Sandidge said of returning.
Trinity Prep, listed No. 6 in the first Sentinel Super Six rankings of the 2019-20 season, lost its opener but since has outscored opposing teams 31-2 behind the leadership of seniors Cole Cecconi and Brandon Chaderton. The Saints face a formidable challenge Tuesday at home at 6 p.m. against Lake Highland Prep, last year’s Class 2A state champions.
Unbeaten West Orange, with standout returnees Noah Lewis and Reeves Oakman, ranks No. 1 followed by Bishop Moore, Seminole, Ocoee and Boone.
Boone plays at Ocoee on Wednesday before hosting No. 7 Cypress Creek on Jan. 13 in a pair of notable upcoming matches. Bishop Moore plays at Lake Highland Prep on Friday and Seminole plays at Port Orange Spruce Creek (10-2-3) on Jan. 13.
Boys soccer district tournaments play out over the course of two weeks beginning Monday, Jan. 27.
The Super Six rankings consist of area programs throughout Orange, Seminole, Osceola, Lake and southwest Volusia counties that compete in FHSAA postseason play. Teams records are as posted on MaxPreps entering Monday matches. 1. West Orange (7-0-2): Warriors have outscored opposing teams 29-5 while notching wins over Cypress Creek, Olympia and Dr. Phillips (4-2-3). West Orange, which returned eight starters from a team that went 12-3-2 last year, drew ties last month against Ocoee and Windermere High (5-2-3).
2. Bishop Moore (14-2-0): Jonan Berrios has tallied 13 goals and 13 assists for Hornets, who had 13-match win streak snapped in Hickory Point Invitational final vs. St. Ignatius of San Francisco. Quality wins have come against Seminole, Boone, Olympia, Spruce Creek and Clermont East Ridge (10-2-0).
3. Seminole (9-2-1): Seminoles defeated Ocoee 3-1, tied Hagerty 3-3 and outscored Seminole Athletic Conference rival Lake Mary (9-3-1) by 2-1 score in pair of games this season. Jacob Longway has nine assists and six goals and Anthony Esposita has seven goals and five assists for Rams.
4. Ocoee (7-3-2): Knights opened season by beating Bishop Moore and Windermere before dropping back-to-back matches to Daytona Beach Seabreeze (8-3-2) and Seminole. Uplifting 2-0 win at Montverde Academy (8-1-0) was followed by draws vs. West Orange and Dr. Phillips and 5-2 loss at Olympia.
5. Boone (7-1-2): Samuel Manzano has team-best nine goals scored and four assists for Braves, who lost for only time 1-0 vs. Bishop Moore last month. Boone owns 1-0 win against Freedom and 1-1 draws with Dr. Phillips and East River (5-5-3).
6. Trinity Prep (8-1-0): Saints are riding an eight-game win streak since opening season with 5-4 loss at Groveland South Lake (4-5-2). Trinity Prep recorded 1-0 wins at home over Hagerty and Miami Ransom Everglades (9-3-1) after winning 2-0 against St. Cloud (8-3-0) in November.
Second Six: Cypress Creek (7-2-1), Winter Park (6-1-1), Olympia (7-3-0), Hagerty (6-1-2), Lake Highland Prep (7-3-0), Freedom (6-3-0).