Here's a look at this year's Jackson County boys' soccer team:
•Coach: Jason Guzzardo
•Key players: Parker Garrison, Jr. (goal keeper), Ryan Xiong, Sr., (midfielder), Taras Pomyanovksyy, Sr., (defender/midfielder), Hunter Lovejoy, Sr. (defender), Ashton Parnell, Sr, (midfielder/forward), Tyler Nicklas, Sr. (goal keeper), Hunter Lumley, So. (center forward/midfielder), David Diaz, Jr. (midfielder), Axel Castrejon, So. (outside back/midfielder), Blake Martin, Fr. (defender)
•Strengths: The Panthers return 13 varsity lettermen. Goal keeper Parker Garrison returns after recording 95 saves last year as a 16-game starter, allowing less than one goal per game in 2019. Coach Jason Guzzardo also said his team has depth in spots that it did not last year.
•Weaknesses: Guzzardo said this team lacks “no true talisman or goal scorer.” The Panthers will also break in a new backline.
•Region outlook: Jackson County aims to earn one of the top four spots out of the region to advance to the state playoffs.
•Season outlook: The Panthers hope to eclipse 10 wins this season, which would set a record for the boys’ program. “(It) will be very difficult to do with a gauntlet non-region schedule and a strong region,” Guzzardo said.