With new head coach, associate, Beechwood soccer hopes to continue building

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Two familiar faces have accepted promotions in the Beechwood boys soccer program.

Zach Young is the new head coach while Brandon Forshey was named associate head coach. Both served as assistants under Zach Rechtin, the Ft. Mitchell school’s head coach for the entire seven years of the program’s history.

The Tigers enter 2022 coming off a 10-11-1 campaign last year. The Tigers won the 9th Region All A title.

Young, 26, and Forshey, 28, hope to push the Tigers further this year.

“My desire with every program I’m in is to develop the best player with the best mindset and work ethic,” Young said. “I think that showed and paid off last season for sure.”

Young played high school soccer at Lexington Lafayette and teaches science at Beechwood High School. Forshey played soccer at Eastbrook High School in Marion, Indiana.

“I think the two coaches were a big part of our All A (region championship) win last year,” said Jared Aguilar, Beechwood senior. “I think (the transition) will run smoother because they were already there. They already have connections with some of the players.”

Beechwood coaches in general have talked about the community support. The Tigers play their home games on the turf at Tiger Stadium.

“They’ve let us coaches come in and do our jobs more than anything else,” Young said. “Being able to have access to all of the facilities, having a designated weight room with a strength and conditioning coach (Logan Neff), having the athletic director that we have (Ryan Booth) working to give us as much time as we possibly can is only going to pay off in the long run. We’ve been out here for the past three weeks doing a couple hours in the morning. In those three weeks, we’ve seen major strides from where we ended last season already.”

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Beechwood’s record may be 51-81-13 in seven seasons, but the Tigers have won ten games twice in the past three seasons.

The Tigers graduated seven seniors from last year’s team, including goalkeeper Samuel Keith, who had 263 saves and one shutout, and assist leader Brian Trejo.

Seven seniors return for the 2022 squad, including Andrew Goodwin. Last season, he scored 14 goals and had three assists.

“We’re trying to do everything we can to improve and have another great season,” said Nathaniel Roberts, Beechwood senior. “The seniors are trying to step up and help the underclassmen because we lost a lot of people last year. The more underclassmen we can get to improve their skills will help us improve for the season.”

Junior Brandon Honnerlaw played nine games at goalkeeper last year recording 41 saves and allowing just six goals.

The Tigers could see some help from last year’s junior varsity and freshman teams. The freshman team beat perennial powers Highlands and Covington Catholic for the first time ever last year.

“Last year as we began our offseason, we were able to see some of our guys grow,” Forshey said. “As you look up and down our roster, the larger our numbers grow, the younger the grade. That shows how our program has grown interest-wise. Ryan Booth does a great job getting the players we need to grow and succeed. Every game is a learning opportunity to grow. We’ll see some of them step up and make a difference at each level in our program this year.”

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