The way coach Michael Hoke figures if a soccer team can score an average of two goals a game, it's going to win a lot of games.
With the firepower from a pair of juniors, the Jay M. Robinson boys' soccer coach feels his team can build on last year's second-place finish in the South Piedmont Conference and possibly recapture the league crown it wore the season before.
Forwards Jason Andrejchak, who scored 15 goals last year, and Uriel Rebollar, an all-state selection after tallying 20 goals, return after making the N.C. Soccer Coaches Association Region 7 team.
Rebollar, the Bulldogs' most prolific scorer last season, wasn't even a starter as a freshman. He had to wait his time behind another prolific Robinson scorer, his brother Angel Rebollar, who was a senior on the 2009 team.
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Rebollar played a lot on his brother's right and left sides but was obviously more comfortable when he was moved to the middle for his sophomore year. He finished with five goals and four assists.
When the Bulldogs transitioned to 3A after four years in the ME-CA 4A Conference, they captured the SPC title with a perfect 14-0 mark. Robinson finished with an 19-3-1 overall record after falling to Charlotte Catholic in the second round of the state playoffs.
Last year, Rebollar had a knack for making some of his goals dramatic. Twice he scored the game's only goal in last-minute victories over rival Cox Mill. Another one of his goals was Robinson's only score in a tie against Northwest Cabarrus.
"He's got good speed with real quick moves," said Hoke. "He can turn around some defenders ... He can take it in and shoot and he's got a big strong foot and is pretty accurate."
Rebollar was one of eight new starters in the Bulldogs' 2010 lineup and the inexperience may have cost them a repeat as conference champs. Robinson finished with a 13-6-4 record (10-2-2 in league play) after a second consecutive second round playoff loss to Charlotte Catholic.
Andrejchak was one of the Bulldogs' three returning starters last year. It was his finesse that most impressed Hoke as a freshman. Never was that skill more evident than in a mid-season game against Northwest Cabarrus.
In front of the net with the ball, Andrejchak faced the Trojans' goalkeeper in a one-on-one situation. The keeper charged hard to challenge Andrejchak but the Robinson freshman chipped it over his opponent's shoulder into the corner of the net for a goal.
"He has an incredible fast dribble," said Hoke. "A lot of times he doesn't have to make a move, he just pushes it by the defender."
Away from Robinson's pitch, Andrejchak plays for the North Mecklenburg Soccer Club's U.S. Soccer Academy U16 team. He plays mostly midfield for the club team and sometimes he has to be encouraged to be more offensive-minded when he plays forward for his high school team.
Dating back to 2007, Andrejchak has numerous honors relating to his participation with club soccer. Rebollar plays for FC Carolina Alliance as does Robinson teammate Alex Goettel, another member of the talented junior class.
Goettel, a midfielder, played on the Bulldogs' junior varsity as a freshman but cracked the varsity starting lineup last year. Gabe Pastrana was another member of the junior class, and was named all-region last year, but has since transferred to Central Cabarrus.
Hoke hopes his team can have another good year in a competitive SPC.
"My goal is to take the conference title back, which is not going to be easy," said Hoke. "Concord's going to be strong again. Cox mill might surprise people because they have a couple young guys that contributed as freshmen."