Alcovy soccer gears up for new area

COVINGTON -- It could be a stellar year for Alcovy's soccer program. A new area means new challenges and hopefully a better opportunity to get beyond the area and into the Class AAAAAA playoffs.

If experience and depth count for anything on the soccer field, then the Alcovy boys team could be one of the top contenders this year. Alcovy's team will have both forwards returning as well as four starters in the midfield, two starters on defense and both goalkeepers. Some of the key returning starters include Lorenzo Kelly, Uriel D'Andrade and Rysan Richardson.

"We have the talent on the team to compete for that top spot. We've been building for this year for the last couple of years," Alcovy head coach Chris Edgar said. "A lot of these guys have had to play as freshmen and sophomores."

Aside from having an experienced group on the field, the Tigers are also deep with last year's JV players being called up as well as the addition of a couple of transfers.

"We have a guy that came in from Parkview, Christian Smith," Edgar said. "He's going to add to depth on the defense. We also have Jovaughn Adair who will add some depth in the midfield. Top to bottom, with all the spots, this is probably the deepest we've been."

The Tigers missed the playoffs last year, going 6-5-1 overall and 3-3 in Area 4-AAAA play. This year should be different. Not only do they have to compete with only six other teams as opposed to 14, the teams are going to be a lot closer in talent.

"Last year, there were teams like McIntosh and Starr's Mill and Dutchtown where you had really good programs and then there were not-strong programs," Edgar said. "This new region is very competitive from top to bottom."

Some of the key area matches this year are going to include cross-town rival Newton, county rival Rockdale along with Druid Hills and Lovejoy which are not only traditionally strong, but will be loaded with athletic talent.

"Our goal this year is to make the top four out of the seven teams," Edgar said. "Historically, we haven't caught any breaks. I'm hoping that we make our own breaks this year. I really think that six out of these seven teams are going to be really competitive. I wouldn't be surprised if a team beat one then loses the next game."