Centerville's place among the state's elite boys soccer programs is set. In addition to owning a state best 516 career wins, the Elks have 23 league titles, 23 district titles and 14 regional championships. This year Centerville is looking to add another tally to each category.
Centerville’s place among the state’s elite boys soccer programs is set. The Elks own more wins (516) than any other school in state history. That being said, Centerville would like to add to its history this season.
Coming off a 14-3-4 season and the school’s fourth straight Division I district title, the Elks must replace 10 seniors. At Centerville though, the mindset is to reload, not rebuild.
“The coaching staff is looking forward to the upcoming season,” head coach Bryan Loveless said. “We have players who are willing to work hard and play together as a team.”
Key cogs on this year’s squad are seniors Kevin Janek (defender), Zach Crawford (midfielder), Nick Brohas (forward) and Robert Sellers (midfielder).
According to Loveless all “will play pivotal roles as the new team searches for its own identity.”
Centerville’s identity over the years has been one of national and regional acclaim.
In 35 years, the Elks have amassed 23 league titles (Western Ohio League and Greater Western Ohio Conference), 23 district titles and 14 regional championships. Centerville has appeared in six state finals and has one title (1984). The Elks, who have never had a losing season, have also been ranked nationally six times, the latest in 2005.
This year, in addition to playing a solid GWOC slate, the Elks also have contests scheduled with Kettering Alter, Cincinnati Moeller, Lakota West, Westerville North, Wadsworth and Thomas Worthington.
Said Loveless: “The schedule will once again be very difficult.”