Bronco And Wolverine Boys Soccer Teams Off To Strong Starts

Berean Christian School’s Giovanni Sanchez in action. Photo by Jenny Schartner

At the halfway mark of the current high school soccer season, the top performing boys varsity soccer team in the western communities is from Palm Beach Central High School.

After seven games, the Broncos have a spotless 7-0 record. The Bronco defense has been brilliant, only allowing three goals in seven games. Palm Beach Central’s goal scoring has been on point with the team producing 20 goals to date. The next game for the Broncos is on Wednesday, Jan. 5 at Seminole Ridge High School. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m.

Palm Beach Central’s crosstown rival Wellington High School is also having a strong season. After nine games, the Wolverines have only lost one contest. The other eight games have produced four wins and four ties.

Wellington head coach Chris Carrera’s squad has had a pair of big wins to date: an 8-0 shutout versus Boynton Beach on Nov. 18 and a 5-1 victory against Seminole Ridge on Nov. 12. Wellington is rock-solid at home, where the Wolverines have produced three wins and three ties. The Wolverines return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 5 when they host Park Vista High School. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Looking ahead, a key game on the schedule for both Wellington and Palm Beach Central is when both teams meet on Jan. 19 at Wellington.

The Royal Palm Beach High School boys soccer team is having a solid season, but their record would be more impressive had the Wildcats turned some of those close losses into ties or victories. After 14 games, Royal Palm Beach has had just two ties, while the remaining 12 games have generated six wins and six losses.

Three of the losses were by one goal to local rivals Palm Beach Central and Seminole Ridge. On Nov. 17, Palm Beach Central defeated Royal Palm Beach 2-1, while Seminole Ridge prevailed over Royal Palm Beach 1-0 on Nov. 18. On Dec. 8, Palm Beach Central blanked Royal Palm Beach 1-0. The Wildcats play again on Tuesday, Jan. 4 at 6 p.m. against Olympic Heights High School.

The Seminole Ridge Hawks have had a season filled with highs and lows. After 12 games, the Hawks have a record of 4-7-1. Going into the break, the Hawks concluded play by recording four losses and a tie in their most recent five games. The Hawks hope to start the New Year off on a positive note with a victory when they resume play. On Wednesday, Jan. 5, they host undefeated Palm Beach Central at 7:30 p.m.

The King’s Academy Lions are having another solid season. After nine games, TKA has a record of 3-2-4. Their biggest wins on the season have been a pair of shutouts. In the season-opener back in November, TKA blanked Cardinal Newman High School 6-0, and on Dec. 7, the squad defeated Highlands Christian from Pompano Beach 4-0. The Lions open up the New Year on Thursday, Jan. 6 when they play at Trinity Christian Academy in Lake Worth. Kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m.

The Bulldogs of Berean Christian School are 3-4-1 after eight games under head coach Luke Schartner. To date, the two strongest performances by the Bulldogs were a 2-2 tie at home against Royal Palm Beach on Dec. 6, followed by an impressive 4-1 road victory against Glades Day School on Dec. 9. Trey Lane scored twice in that road win. The Bulldogs resume their season on Friday, Jan. 7 when they travel to Santaluces High School in Lantana to play the Chiefs. Kickoff is scheduled for 8 p.m.