Baker mixes vets, youngsters

S. John Collins / Baker City HeraldAlex Davila and teammates work on scoring attempts during practice.

The Baker boys soccer team will be a mix of young and old this season.

The Bulldogs have 29 players out for the program, including nine freshmen and eight seniors.

“I like that,” said coach Victor Benites about the number of freshmen. “We hope to be close to what last year’s team did,” he said.

The Bulldogs finished 5-4-2 in 2018.

Five seniors — Brylan Robb, Isaac Nemec, Alex Davilla, Jamisun Rigueiro and Jorge Duran — return from that team.

Benites said this year’s team appears to be strongest on defense and midfield.

He said he is looking for someone to step forward at the forward position. Baker lost its top two scorers at those positions to graduation.

Another senior, Silas Carter, will start in Baker’s goal.

Baker opens its season Tuesday at Nyssa.

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