players to watch
► Evan Dudney, North Andover: An integral cog in the Scarlet Knights’ soccer machine since his freshman year, the senior midfielder kept sharp in the offseason by playing on the U-17 New England Aztecs squad alongside some of his closest rivals in the Cape Ann League.
► Eric Martin, Danvers: The senior will captain the Falcons for a third time after earning Northeastern Conference, Eastern Mass., and All-State all-star nods last fall with a 20-goal, 18-assist campaign.
► Thayrone Miranda, Somerville: After netting 15 goals and 12 assists playing on the outside as a sophomore last fall, he will be shifting to a middle-attack role, which should double his touches and double the fear in his opponents.
► Conor Leahy, Beverly: The Panthers will be captained by the reigning NEC Large Division MVP, who earned Eastern Mass. all-star honors last fall after netting 14 goals and adding eight helpers.
► Thales Brito, Malden Catholic: A Catholic Conference all-star, the defender was one of the bright spots for the 3-13-2 Lancers last season as he helped the squad maintain a 2.1 goals-against average.Compiled by Craig Forde