2015 Boys’ Soccer Preview: Lewiston

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Coach: Mike McGraw (33rd year)

Conference: KVAC: Class: A

Last year: 16-1-1, lost in Class A state championship game.

Returning players: Seniors — Zakariya Abdulle (FB), Mohamed Khalid (FB), Abdi Shariff (SK), Mohamed Abdisalan (MF), Abdulkarim Abdulle (SK), Austin Wing (G); Juniors — Abdiaziz Shaleh (MF), Maulid Abdow (MF), Joseph Kalilwa (MF), Mwesa Mulonda (MF); Sophomores — Noralddin Othman (MF), Muktar Ali (SK), Alex Rivet (G).

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Key losses: Mike Wong (MF), Hassan Mohamed (F) Hassan Hussein (MF), Nathan Cook (FB), Ibrahim Hussein (FB), Mohamed Abdi (FB), Gage Cote (F),  Abukar Mohamed (M), Abdikarim Ahmed (MF), Aden Mohamed (FB), Mohamed Musse (MF), Jashaami Abdullah (FB), Atilla Toth (FB).

Promising newcomers: Seniors — Abdirizak Ali (MF), Dek Hassan (FB), Hassan Qeyle (MF), Maslah Hassan (SK), Ben Doyle (FB), Juniors — Hassan Hassan (MF), Ian Hussey (FB), Benjamin Musese (FB).

Season outlook: The Blue Devils went unbeaten until the final game of the season, losing to Cheverus in the state game. Lewiston lost some key players from that squad, including Wong, an all-state defender. The team returns all-state players up front in Abdulle and Shariff. Maslah Hassan was also an all-state forward for EL last year but transferred back to Lewiston, where he played as a sophomore. The Blue Devils have high expectations again this season with a veteran team.  McGraw doesn’t want complacency setting in and is trying to keep the squad hungry and working hard.

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