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Fox Chapel boys soccer looks to replace 10 graduates with talent-laden group

| Wednesday, Aug. 20, 2014, 9:00 p.m.
Jan Pakler | For Trib Total Media
Fox Chapel senior goalie Matt Herman practices with with his varsity teammates at Fox Chapel High School on Monday, Aug. 16, 2014.
Jan Pakler | For Trib Total Media
Fox Chapel soccer coach Erik Ingram talks to his players at the end of practice on Monday, Aug. 18, 2014, about their upcoming scrimmage vs Central Catholic.

The Fox Chapel boys soccer team had another successful season last year, compiling a 16-2 record and advancing to the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA tournament before losing to Canon-McMillan, 1-0.

Fox Chapel coach Erik Ingram is optimistic that the Foxes can make it back to the playoffs.

“We have a few very strong players that will provide leadership and offer experience,” he said. “Overall, we are a very young team as far as experience. I don't have any concerns about that.

“The team is looking great, and they are amazingly coachable. The team chemistry is also great this year and will help further develop the program.”

The Foxes took a big hit to graduation as they lost a dozen varsity players from last year.

Along with the 10 seniors, one player went back to Brazil and another moved to Philadelphia. The key returning players are high-scoring senior forward Cole Ryan, a three-year starter and all-section choice in 2012 and 2013; senior goalie Matt Herrman; senior midfielder Kota Furuhata; senior back Elliot Norman; and sophomore center/midfielder Nathan Wecht.

Ryan and Herrman will take over as team captains.

Also expected to make an impact are junior back Zach Weigand, junior forward Teddy Wight and sophomore midfielder Michael Snowball.

“We've also got a half-dozen freshmen who could contribute,” Ingram said.

There will be a new look to Section 3-AAA this season, which should make it even more challenging.

The group includes Franklin Regional, Gateway, Kiski Area, Penn Hills, Plum and Woodland Hills.

“Newcomers Kiski Area and Franklin Regional are now in the section, and I feel that both teams should be battling for playoff spots,” Ingram said. “It will be a very balanced section.”

Marty Stewart is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 412-782-2123 or mstewart@tribweb.com.

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