GBHS season starts this week
Ryan Davenport knows
the perception exists. In fact, he welcomes it.
A Gulf Breeze High graduate and a former Dolphin soccer player, Davenport
is the new coach of the Lady Dolphin soccer team. He takes over a team that
lost, arguably, its best group of seniors in school history. But he warns -
don’t think the cupboard is bare.
“I hope that people sell us short or think we’re ‘down,’ cause they’ll be
in for a surprise,” Davenport said. “We have so much depth on this team.”
The Lady Dolphins, who opened the season Wednesday at Brosnaham Park
against PHS, have only five returning starters. Gulf Breeze also has three
others that played a lot last season.
The Lady Dolphins are led by its senior captains Maggie Rodgers and
Bianca Takacs. Rodgers, who played primarily forward last season, will be in
the midfield this season, while Takacs will be a defensive midfielder.
“We have two great captains,” Davenport said.
Senior Kristen Barona, who was the team’s leading scorer two years ago,
leads a group of forwards. Juniors Kayla Vlachos and Camila Sharp will also
play up top, along with sophomore Hannah Rodgers, one of only three freshman
varsity players last year.
Senior Brynne Heatley, who played in the back last year, will move up to
the midfield. Junior Morgan Floyd, who missed most of last season with a
knee injury, will also play some midfield, along with fellow junior Cori
Senior Megan Eastburn will play some midfield, along with sophomore Laura
Harpole and two of the team’s three freshman - Korrie Abernathy and Sara
Papantonio. Allison Proctor, the team's only other freshman, will play in
the back, along with returning senior starters Carly Loehr and Takacs.