A team-by-team look at the area’s boys high school soccer teams:
Coach: Cris McMann
2011 record: 14-7
Top returnees: Noah Conley, Jr. D; Connor Frey, Sr., MF; Galen Overstreet, Sr., D; Jacob Schuhmann, Sr., B; Kyle Settle, So., MF.
Coach's comments: "I'm excited about the upcoming season. We did well at Centre camp, and our preseason training has been productive. The guys seem excited and our working hard.
We are changing our system, so we have a bit to learn. We have a few players who are stepping into some big roles. Tristen Morrow will be our target player up top. Hunter Overstreet and J.T. Stephens will need to support him and score goals. Senior Nick Love will have an important role as a center back."
Outlook: Boyle became a better offensive team last season, which helped the Rebels flip their record after a 7-13-1 campaign in 2010. The changes McMann is making could set the stage for another successful season if they can tighten their defense, which was porous at times last year.
14 — at Scott County, 7:30; 16 — MERCER COUNTY, 8; 21 — WOODFORD COUNTY, 8; 24 — MARION COUNTY, 8; 28 — at Anderson County, 7:30; 30 — GARRARD COUNTY, 7:30.
1 — at Danville, 6; 4 — at Madison Central, 7:45; 6 — FRANKLIN COUNTY, 7:30; 8-15 — Berea Cup; 27 — LINCOLN COUNTY, 8; 29 — MODEL, 6.
2 — at North Hardin, 7:30.
Coach: Theresa Brooks
2011 record: 4-7-1
Top returnees: Layth Arrasmith, Fr., D; Brendan Hardin, Sr., GK; Megan Hughes, Jr., F-MF; Gunnar Kehrt-Reese, Sr., MF-D; John Price, So., F-MF; Seth Royalty, Sr., MF-D; Jack Spiker, Jr.
Coach's comments: "We have some inexperience but high expectations with good, tough, seasoned players from previous years and strong leadership from our seniors.
"We have a more competitive game schedule this year, so we've started our season with a whole team college camp, conditioning and lots of small-sided practice so players will be ready to play full 40-minute halves. We have a lot of potential, fresh enthusiasm and are very excited about our possibilities."
Outlook: Burgin is playing what is probably its largest and most ambitious schedule yet, a 15-game slate that includes 10 road games. The Bulldogs have played near .500 over the past four years against smaller schedules, and with a good number of returnees plus seven freshmen and three new upperclassmen, Brooks and assistant Gary Royalty have every reason to think they can continue to grow even as they stretch their legs a little.
14 — BEREA, 6:15; 16 — at Marion County; 6; 18 — at Somerset, 11 a.m.; 21 — at Mercer County, 7; 23 — MONTICELLO, 6; 25 — at Whitefield, 11 a.m.; 27 — at Lexington Christian, 6:30.
1 — at Evangel Christian, Noon; 4 — at Garrard County, 6; 8 — PARIS, 1; 11 — at Monticello, 6; 18 — FRANKFORT, 6; 20 — at LaRue County, 6; 21 — at Thomas Nelson, 6; 25 — GARRARD COUNTY, 6; 29 — at Evangel Christian, 9 a.m.
Coach: Brent Beauman
2011 record: 11-9-1
Top returnees: Noe Ayala, Jr., MF; Christian Gateskill-Fuqua, Sr., MF; Damir Karapandzic Sr., D; Matt Oster, Sr., GK; Shawn Ramos, Sr., F; Calvin Steber, Sr., D.
Coach's comments: "This has been a great preseason. The boys are working extremely hard, and their attitude has been awesome. The players we need to step it up this year are preparing themselves to fill the needed role. The returning starters that have to be solid are being the leaders that we need.
"We have a lot of work to do to be able to compete for a district title again this year, but this is a determined group of young men that want to have another successful season."
Outlook: Danville didn't dominate its region last season the way it had the year before, but the Admirals did win it again, and they return a fair amount of experienced players who are accustomed to such success. Some new sources of scoring will have to emerge, but if that happens the Admirals could add another regional title to a pretty full shelf.
14 — MODEL, 7:30; 16 — FRANKLIN COUNTY, 7:30; 18 — at Paris, 12:30; 21 — COLLINS, 7:30; 23 — SOMERSET, 7:30; 25 — BOURBON COUNTY, 12:30; 28 — at Garrard County, 6; 30 — at Lincoln County, 7:30.