Lely soccer opens district play

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 Lely's Daniel Berrera heads the ball toward the net in Lely's 3-2 win over Gateway Charter on Thursday. Lely opens its district season playing East Lee County on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Daniel Berrera heads the ball toward the net in Lely's 3-2 win over Gateway Charter on Thursday. Lely opens its district season playing East Lee County on Tuesday night.

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely's Connor Bowden flies over a Gateway Charter player in the Trojans 3-2 victory on Thursday night at Lely. Bowden tallied a goal moments later. The Trojans host East Lee County in its first district game on Tuesday night.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Connor Bowden flies over a Gateway Charter player in the Trojans 3-2 victory on Thursday night at Lely. Bowden tallied a goal moments later. The Trojans host East Lee County in its first district game on Tuesday night.

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The Lely soccer team opens its district season on Tuesday night, hosting East Lee County. Front row, from left, Evinsky Camelus, Connor Bowden, Eddie Hernandez, Javier Gapi, Brandon Rodriguez, Ernst Camelus, Cristian Juarez, Jesus Hernandez, and Ritchy Absolu. Back row, Zack Parker, manager, Ross Castillo, Guadalupe Lopez, Jose Olalde, Areeb Chaudhry, Jonathan Ramirez, Nick Ruiz, Wilvanley Cerisiers, Guadalupe Lopez, Daniel Barrera,Wilfredo Lopez, Sergio Alfaro, Argenis Ramirez, Ernst Camelus and coach Rob Schank.,

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Roger LaLonde/Staff The Lely soccer team opens its district season on Tuesday night, hosting East Lee County. Front row, from left, Evinsky Camelus, Connor Bowden, Eddie Hernandez, Javier Gapi, Brandon Rodriguez, Ernst Camelus, Cristian Juarez, Jesus Hernandez, and Ritchy Absolu. Back row, Zack Parker, manager, Ross Castillo, Guadalupe Lopez, Jose Olalde, Areeb Chaudhry, Jonathan Ramirez, Nick Ruiz, Wilvanley Cerisiers, Guadalupe Lopez, Daniel Barrera,Wilfredo Lopez, Sergio Alfaro, Argenis Ramirez, Ernst Camelus and coach Rob Schank.,

Roger LaLonde Staff 
 Lely's Evinsky Camelus moves the ball down field in the Trojans win over Gateway Charter, 3-2, on Thursday. The Trojans begin district play on Tuesday, hosting East Lee County.

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Roger LaLonde Staff Lely's Evinsky Camelus moves the ball down field in the Trojans win over Gateway Charter, 3-2, on Thursday. The Trojans begin district play on Tuesday, hosting East Lee County.

The Lely boys soccer team opens district play tonight, hosting East Lee County.

Game time is 6 p.m.

Lely, 7-11-5 a year ago, has a young team, but coach Rob Schank is looking forward to the season.

"This team has a great chemistry, super attitude," he said. "They are really positive and work very hard for each other."

Including preseason, the Trojans have won three of four games.

Returners include Brandon Rodriguez and Ritchy Absolu on offense and Daniel Barrera and Jose Olalde on defense. Jose Gapi replaces Sam Lozano, an all-star goalie last season.

Lely will have strong competition in Class 4A-District 12. It includes Naples, Immokalee, Golden Gate, East Lee, Lehigh, Riverdale and Estero.

"It's a tough district and whoever gets out of district could go a long way in the state playoffs," Schank said. "These kids have been training hard and it should be a fun season."

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