West Or­ange ranks No. 1 in Su­per Six

Trin­ity Prep rides 8-game win streak un­der new head coach

Orlando Sentinel - - SPORTS TUESDAY - By J.C. Car­na­han jcar­na­[email protected]­lan­dosen­tinel.com

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).

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