After another state championship season, St. Xavier High School football coach Andy Schulten hopes the 2021 campaign will usher in a return to normal.

“We have some pretty ambitious ambitions this year, but after last season and dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re mostly just happy to get back to a normal routine,” he said. “Regular exercises, locker rooms, movie sessions, and team building activities are all things we really didn’t have last year.”

The Tigers finished 19-2 last year, beating South Warren 1-0 in the state finals to take their third state title in four years and finish 15th overall.

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St. X has a full roster again, led by two seniors who received first-team All-State Honors last season with midfielder Patrick Walz and defenseman Jeffrey Cox.

Other senior leaders include midfielders Tommy Schrepferman, Matthew Azzara and Blake Brewer, defensemen Carson Kascoksak and goalkeeper Clayton Brooks. Schrepferman is the top scorer after nine goals and four assists last year.

“We struggled to put the ball away last year and we lost our top scorer from that squad,” said Schulten. “We hope that our seasoned midfield can put enough pressure on our opponents to score a few goals in every game.”

Kentucky high school football season begins Monday. The Tigers will open their season on Tuesday and receive Central Hardin.

Here’s a look at other boys’ soccer teams in the Louisville area (Note: several coaches didn’t respond to requests for information):

Sixth region

Bullitt headquarters (2-10-2 record in 2020) will look to improve behind senior goalkeeper Nathan Browner, junior midfielder Caleb Bush, second defensive midfielder Isaac Bleemel and new striker / midfielder Maverick Waters. Coach William Doug Jamison said Browner could “be one of the best goalkeepers in the state”.

Bullitt East (5-6-2) is trying to regain the form he was in when he won the 2019 regional title. Junior striker Colin Elder scored 17 goals as a freshman but missed the 2020 season with a knee injury. Other leaders include defensive midfielder Mason Carter, junior midfielder Tanner Chitwood and junior goalkeeper Gabe Brangers.

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servant (14-2) is the reigning regional champion and returns with seven starters. Senior Mustafa Almohammedawi scored 19 goals and two assists last season and was honored in the second-team All-State. Other top players include seniors Diego Flores, Kevin Mulume and Derek Acosta (goalkeepers) and sophomore Jose Valle.

Sale (4-7-1) has a new coach in Lee Smith. The top players include senior striker Max Collins (eight goals), senior center-back Alex Reliford, senior defensive midfielder Travis Moss, junior midfielder Julian Paniccia and junior defensive midfielder Logan Givins.

Fairdale (7-4-2) has a new coach in Clayton Henn, who is based on senior Ajdin Ekic (14 goals, four assists), juniors Edvin Habibovic (three goals, eight assists), Benjamin Colecio and Jonathan Salas as well as the second goalkeeper Dylan. will put walking aid.

Fernbach (4-5) want to build up again behind the seniors Secou Drame (five goals) and Prince Ndanyuzwe (three goals).

holy cross (2-7-1) returns with second striker Jayse Hardesty (five goals) and junior midfielder Triston Key (four goals) with two of last season’s top three goalscorers. Leading executives include midfielder Jake Murphy, center-back Nate Gambrell and striker Bryce Perkins.

Moors (10-2-2) was the regional runner-up last season and is returning, Senior Ishimwe Beinfait, who scored 12 goals and finished second in the state with 31 assists. Junior Eduardo Mendez-Perez added 11 goals and 12 assists last year.

south (5: 6) returns with the senior striker Santiago Cardona (five goals, six assists) his best goalscorer from last year.

Seventh region

Atherton (3-5-1) has an experienced 13-senior squad led by striker Keivon Simon (seven goals), defenders Colin Canedy and Whit Halliday, and defenders / midfielders Declan Cashon-Rapp, Marius Betco and Kuker Nodler (five Goals, six). helps).

Ballard (7-4-1) is led by defensive midfielder Tate McCrery, center-back Sebastian Sanchez and junior midfielders Tyler Stinnett and James Maxwell. Sanchez was a first-team all-state pick last season.

Central (4-4-3) lost nine seniors to completion and will build on senior goalkeeper Trenton Hogan (two shutouts), senior striker Tony Hussein (seven goals, three assists) and senior defender Magan Kulow.

Christian Academy (7-6-1) is led by a senior trio with striker Dylan Cornett (23 goals), midfielder Caden Hauser and goalkeeper Caleb Rountree.

Collegiate (13-2) is led by Senior Max Jamie, a second-team all-state pick after scoring 11 goals and 11 assists last season. Other top scorers are senior striker Maddox Jung (10 goals, eight assists) and second striker Elijah Harper (six goals, seven assists). Seniors Nolan Smith and Parker Adams will anchor the defense.

Kentucky Country Day (13-3) was the regional runner-up last year and returns with senior midfielder Nate Traughber (first team, eight goals, 13 assists) and senior defender Nate Schönwetter (second team) with two all-staters. Senior striker Zach Schönwetter (14 goals, three assists) also returns.

Masculine (5: 6) lost his two top scorers against the conclusion, but returns to Senior Matthew Hawkins (four goals, three assists) and Junior Samuel Meers (four goals).

Manual (11-2) has a new coach in Taylor Wood, who can rely on the all-state goalkeeper of the first team Enrique Caldron (three shutouts). Junior midfielder Travis Smith is another key player.

Trinity (9-5-1) lost eight starters to completion and will rely on the seniors Rudy Garcia (10 goals, three assists), Daniel Karlen (four goals), Samuel Rademaker (three goals, three assists) and Homer Holt (two Gates). .

Eighth region

Collins (4-11-1) has a new coach in Devin Johnson, who will rely on junior striker Peyton Frick (11 goals, four assists), senior goalkeeper Isaac Belcher and junior defender Dalton Thompson.

North Oldham (12-2-1) returns several key players from last year’s squad that reached the quarter-finals of the state tournament, led by senior striker Sammy Murphy (seven goals, 14 assists), senior central defender Jake Melendez (eight goals, seven assists) and Junior midfielder Charlie Christ (eight goals, nine assists).

Oldham County (1-7-1) has a new coach in Johnny Huerta, who will be based on a senior quartet with Jose Huerta, Grayson Kapp, Davis Hummer and Austin Smith.

South Oldham (6-5-1) will try to improve behind senior midfielder Grayson Klehr (three goals, five assists) and junior midfielders Kyle Kimberling (five goals) and Nolan Brice.

Spencer County (9-5) would like to have a solid 2020 season behind senior striker Jack Kennedy (six goals, four assists), senior defender Charlie Cook, junior striker Tyler Lester (10 goals, 11 assists) and midfield Newbie Jack Hart build up.

Jason Frakes: 502-582-4046; jfrakes@courier-journal.com; Twitter: @kyhighs.