By Chris Parker
Parkview finished 8-16 overall last season. Several key players return this season in hopes of pushing Parkview soccer up the Ozark Conference standings.
Forward Chance Levings was the lone freshman to earn first-team all-conference honors in the Ozark Conference, and will be an even bigger piece for Parkview this season.
“Chance has club experience that translated at the varsity level right away last year. He has the ability to take on players 1v1, but also facilitate the ball to other players,” Parkview head coach Shelby Stewart said. “I expect Chance to push through growing pains as a player and young man. He is continuing to mature and find other ways to contribute to the team. I look for him to increase his goals scored as well as involve other teammates in the offensive play.”
The keeper position will be steady as well with senior Devon Rathbun returning after earning second-team all-conference honors last season.
“Devon has truly been invaluable in the goal for us the past three seasons,” Stewart said. “He stepped into that role as a freshman at the varsity level. His leadership is prominent and a true asset that can’t be replaced. Devon has decreased his goals allowed every season, and we look forward to that trend continuing.”
The middle of the field will be anchored by second-team all-conference senior Jesus Luevano.
“Aside from soccer skills, Jesus brings great personality to this team. He has great soccer knowledge, but also knows when to pick his teammates up with a classic joke,” Stewart said. “Jesus has been dedicated in the offseason in preparation for his senior season. I look for him to have his best year yet through pure determination and the drive to want to win.”
Senior Henry Smith enters just his second season playing soccer, but will be a big piece for Parkview in the midfield. Sophomore defender Collin Miller has worked hard in the summer and could fill in at many different positions.
Incoming freshman Tyler Duchscherer will make an immediate impact on the varsity team.
“Our expectations are to work the kinks out early and improve on our conference, district, and overall record,” Stewart said. “We look to compete in the postseason and avenge a sub-par showing in those categories last season. We are never satisfied with our accomplishments but also understand we are making strides as a program. We look to use our youth and senior leadership to keep moving in the right direction.”