The Stockbridge soccer team has high hopes for the 2023 season after returning 11 players from last year’s squad.
Led by 2022 leading scorer Jordan Huskey-Wright, the Panthers have their sights set on double-digit wins this season.
Huskey-Wright returns after scoring a team-high 26 goals in 2022 and looks to add to his career mark of 34 goals this season.
Alongside Huskey-Wright is junior Zech Puckett, who led the team in assists last season.
Anchoring the defense will be goaltender Gavin Hart, who will be called on to keep the Panthers in the game in the net.
He will be helped on the defense by newcomers in freshman Ashton Oversmith and junior Collin Trost.
“Our team has a wealth of experience and a new formation,” coach Devin Baldwin said.
The Panthers have struggled early in the season with an 0-5-1 record.
Stockbridge opened the season by dropping a hard fought 4-3 decision to Charlotte.
Huskey-Wright scored a pair of goals and the Panthers got some help when the Orioles put one in their own net, but Charlotte scored a late goal to pull out the win.
Ethan Bradley had a strong game on the defensive end for Stockbridge.
The Panthers earned a tie with Potterville 3-3.
Potterville helped the cause by putting the ball in its own net for a goal, while Jason Gruber and Zavien Torrey scored goals for Stockbridge. Puckett picked up an assist, while Mateo Martinez made 14 saves in net for the Panthers.