Soccer looking for quick start

Soccer looking for quick start

The Sierra Canyon boys soccer team is ready for an exciting 2023 campaign.

Coach Chris Bonawandt is excited about the team’s development and guidance from several returning starters.

The goalkeeper is Arman Sahi and he is a two-year starter.

“We need to keep the other teams from scoring and Arman is our guy,” Bonawandt said. “Arman is a smart guy and knows our system.”

Visili Fovos, Constantine Theodoratos and Anthony Najafi form a three-person core up the middle for the Trailblazers. The three will be key in helping the younger, more inexperienced Sierra Canyon players navigate the rough waters of the Mission League.

Fovos is a central defender and will be just in line ahead Sahi.

Theodoratos is a mid-fielder until reinforcements from the football team make it out to the pitch.

“Constantine is an amazing athlete,” Bonawandt said. “He is tenacious. No one can stop him. He is a coach’s dream.”

Najafi will be counted on to score goals for the Trailblazers.

“Anthony is a big goal scorer for us,” Bonawandt said. “He knows how to find the back of the net. Anthony will give opposing defenses problems.”

Sierra Canyon is good up the middle but has some younger guys on the outskirts. The key will be blending the veterans and youth into a cohesive unit.

“We have a key player in every line,” Bonawandt said. “We start two freshmen almost every match. We need everybody to step up and work together.”

Loyola and Harvard-Westlake will be strong teams in the league with St. Francis.

“These are the big boys,” Bonawandt said. “Those programs don’t know much about us. It’s a clean slate for us. Our goal is always playoffs. We want to qualify and take it from there. Anything can happen in the postseason.”