Fall High School Sports Preseason Preview – Independence Soccer

Senior leader, Thomas Rosenquist.
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MINT HILL, NC – Fall Soccer begins soon, and the Independence Patriots Varsity team is young and talented. They lack experience at this level and will compete in the tough Southwestern 4A Conference, but this has always been a challenge for the Patriots.

The 2021 Varsity Soccer Team.
The 2021 Varsity Soccer Team.

Head Coach Tyler Gibson is entering his ninth season, and he has turned this program around, especially over the most recent campaigns, with an aggressive and relentless style of play that has produced winning teams.



“If the team can reach our full potential we can do well this season,” said Coach Gibson, “not just compete, but surprise many teams because we have some excellent raw talent on this years squad.”

Coach Gibson added, “We have a group of good kids; it’s going to be a fun year.  We must build trust in each other and give our best effort at all times.”

The team has four seniors who will bring experience and stability to the team. He expects solid leadership from Thomas Rosenquist, who plays the back line and is a strong defender with big game experience. All the seniors are expected to make a significant contribution this season. “I think we are going to have a good season, even though we are a young team; I believe we will surprise some teams,” said Rosenquist.

Patriots Josh Davidson, Luca Martinez, and Sam Howe.
Patriots Josh Davidson, Luca Martinez, and Sam Howe.

The underclassman who will play a key role include junior and goaltender Daniel Locklear, who is a leader and will work hard protecting the patriot goal. Josh Davidson, a junior and center back, is another leader who is expected to have a good season.  Sam Howe, a sophomore midfielder, is one of the young guns on the team who is expected to contribute along with freshman Luca Martinez.

Meanwhile, the junior varsity team has good young talent who are expected to develop their skills into potential varsity players for next season and beyond. The Patriot soccer program has built a good foundation for the future.

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