Kickin’ It With the Dubs: Warrior’s Strive for Soccer Success


Dave Quick

Sharing the Love: Dub Stars Brent Shannon, Anthony Forbes, and Diego Fonseca are all threats with the ball in their possession.

This season’s Dub soccer team has given themselves a clean slate. After falling short in a second-round overtime thriller to state finalist Lassiter High School, the Warriors look to have a historic rebound. They showed true promise, and from the moment they left the pitch last year, returning players were itching to get back on the field. 

With most of their offensive production returning and a new look defense, North Atlanta looks like a force to be reckoned with. The team features a diverse group of guys, led by senior center back, and captain, Brent Shannon. Shannon headlines a ferocious back line that includes fellow center back Anthony Forbes and stellar sophomore Servando “Junior” Moreno. The lockdown defense is capped off by the impenetrable force in goal, keeper Keller Martin. Senior Aidan Pierce and sophomore Max Rode make up the striker spots alongside freshman phenom and leading scorer Miles Clover, a perfect compliment to the experienced backline. “We have a lot of talent on the team at all levels, and we can be a threat from anywhere on the field,” said Martin.

The midfield has some incredible playmakers, with maestros Owen Patton and Diego Fonseca patrolling and attacking the gut. Both Patton and Fonseca can score from virtually anywhere, and with no glaring weaknesses in their game, the men in the middle are nightmares for opposing teams. All together, they make up a starting unity comparable to any program in their path. 

With a new region, the Dubs look to stake their place atop the standings. After facing schools like Lakeside and Tucker last year, the Dubs managed a second-place finish. Hungry for more, the Dubs are ready for anything and everything thrown their way. The new-look group has formidable opponents, including St. Pius, Marist, and Lakeside, but the Warriors believe they can come out on top. “This region is certainly not for the faint of heart,” said coach Jack Stanger. “There are no easy victories, so we have our work cut out for us, but with the talent we’ve got, we feel like we can make a splash in state.”

As region play comes to a head, the Dubs are looking to advance out of Georgia’s group of death. With no shortage of talent, and leadership, a deep run in the playoffs is not just possible but expected. These football fanatics can’t wait to show the region and the whole state of Georgia what the Dubs are made of.