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Patriot boys poised for strong showing


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by Joshua Spaulding
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Sports Editor - Salmon Press Newspapers
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September 16, 2020
BETHLEHEM — The Profile boys' soccer team had minimal graduation losses from last year's team and returns a large group of experienced players, giving fifth-year head coach Brent Detamore plenty to look forward to in the coming season.

"We should be strong this year," the Patriot coach said. "It will be hard for teams to score on us. We will see who steps up and scores goals when needed."

The Patriots will have nine returning seniors on this year's team and they are spread throughout the field, with four in the midfield, two on defense, two forwards and a goalie. The four midfielders will be Max Ritter, John Ledoux, Garrette Ledoux and Jed Kennerson, with Gabe Jacobs and Quinton Paradise on defense, Noah Boyer and Connor Hamilton up front and keeper Killian McKim.

The Patriots are returning three juniors, with Jack Price and Quincy Burger returning on defense and Kiran Sherburne working in goal. Adam Bell in the midfield and Yuto Whitney on defense are both returning as sophomores.

Profile has eight newcomers who should have an impact on the season, with Kobe Toms, Carson Robie, Josh Robie, Satchell Miller-White, Bode Demarzio, Kayden Brantley, Danny Burnell and Alex Leslie all donning the Patriot uniforms for the first time.

Detamore notes that Jacobs will be the leader on the defense, using his size and vocal abilities to keep the Patriots organized in the backfield.

Ritter will be counted on to control the midfield and can score from a distance with either foot.

The team will be looking for Boyer to be the chief goal scorer on the front line.

Detamore expects that McKim will be hard to score on as the team's goalie.

Like most of the teams around the state, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Patriots will be playing a regional schedule, with all games against local teams.

Profile will be playing two games each with Littleton, Lisbon and Lin-Wood and single games each against Woodsville, White Mountains Regional, Colebrook, Gorham and Groveton.

The New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association classified soccer as a "moderate risk" sport, and as so, games can officially begin on Sept. 18. The Patriots will take advantage of that and will kick off their season on Friday, Sept. 18, at home against Littleton at 3 p.m. The team is on the road at Woodsville on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m.

Sports Editor Joshua Spaulding can be reached at 279-4516, ext. 155 or josh@salmonpress.news.

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