Clewiston Tiger soccer figures to field another strong boys’ team this winter. The team won 14 games in the 2014-2015 season but slipped to five wins last year.
So far this year the Tigers are (2-1). They lost to Bishop Verot 6-0 on Nov. 10 and lost at Lely 6-0 on Nov. 3.
Coach Terry Crawford said the team has potential to grow and improve. “We have a very young team this year as we lost 14 seniors to graduation last year.”
Key players for the Tigers include Jose Rios and DJ Adams, (seniors). The roster also includes seniors Edgar De La Cruz, Elton Perez, Javier Del Rosario, Chris McIntire and Jose Velazquez. The roster also includes three juniors, Marco Romero-Olvera, Jaxon Moss and Marco Figuero, three sophomores, Jose Salmeron, Martin Paredes, Juan Puentes, and Jesse Paniagua, and freshmen Tristan Ruiz, Gilbert Romero, Giovanni Reyes, Juan Galvan and Troy Evans.
The Tigers broke the early skid this week when they defeated the Glades Day Gators on Nov. 8, 6-1. A sophomore, Martin Paredes scored three goals, Jose Salmeron, a sophomore, scored a goal, and Marco Olvera scored two goals. Jose Rios, Reyes, Overa and De La Cruz provided assists for the Tigers. Coach Crawford said he is not afraid to throw younger players out there and see what happens as they develop, “The youth on this team are very talented. I think this team will continue to grow as the year passes and should be formidable come district time.” Other teams in District 2A-12 this year include Bishop Verot, LaBelle, Oasis, and Gateway Charter.
Key home games for the Tigers include LaBelle on Nov. 29, Gateway Charter on Dec. 2, Bishop Verot on Dec. 6, Oasis on Dec. 12, Lely on Jan. 13 and Lake Worth Christian Academy on Jan. 17.
The JV matches begin at 5:30 p.m. and the varsity matches follow at all home matches this year.
The JV roster includes Juniors Shakur Gibbons and Redish Haden, sophomores Cristobal Antonio, Kale Knaack, Anthony Munoz, Guadalupe Munoz, Emmanuel Valdez, Juvenal Valdez, Jamar Curry, Steven Nguyen, and Angel Dela Cruz, and freshmen Robert Perez, Diego Perez, Rey Paniagua, Juan Moran, Bruce Jones, and Lisandro Garcia. Coach Crawford is assisted by Martin Crawford.