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Sandy Valley is entering its first season as an OHSAA sanctioned boys soccer team.
As a club team, the boys posted a 3-7-1 record a year ago.
Lettermen back include senior Tyler Price (midfield), Haiden King (midfield) and Zach Karam (forward); juniors Gavin Biehl (midfield, defender), Zane Bolyard (defender, goalie) and Justin Faverty (defender, goalie); and sophomores Aaron Price (defender) and Isaiah Sarver (defender).
"We have a strong core of experienced players in the midfield and in attack," commented Head Coach Ryan White. "We are a new program, so we are young and somewhat inexperienced. For the past three years, we were a co-ed team. This year, Sandy Valley has split into a boys team and a girls team."
Sandy Valley opened the season with an impressive 7-3 win over visiting Tuslaw.
Jamon McCort led the winners with five goals and an assist.
Zach Karam had two goals and two assists, and Haiden King and Tyler Price each recorded an assist.
Darik Garber came up with four saves between the posts.
The Cardinals led in shots 21-5. Both teams had nine corners.
The Cardinals will host Wellsville this Saturday, Aug. 27, and East Knox on Wednesday, Aug. 31.