After the most prolific attack in Otters history helped lead the team to their best ever finish and points total in 2018, four players will be relied upon to recreate that form this summer.
The Otters are excited to bring back Oscar Perez in the midfield. He was mostly deployed as a defensive midfielder in the Otters 4-1-4-1 formation last summer, playing in 12 games and just over 900 minutes. The Spanish midfielder also scored two fantastic, long-range goals, including one at Birmingham to help the Otters win their first ever road match. Perez also tallied two assists, with his second securing the Otters comeback win over the Chaos at home. At Wingate this fall, Perez scored three more goals and added an assist.
In the attack, the Otters will have Troy Brady on the right side once again. Brady made six appearances last season and scored a brace in the first half against the Carolina Dynamo at home. Brady returned to Canisius and continued to be the key piece in the Griffins attack. He scored six goals and three assists, both highest on the team, and also had 15 shots on goal to lead the team.
Another returning forward and Palm Beach Atlantic Sailfish, Raphael Campos will look to continue to bring energy as a starter and off the bench. After an injury slowed the start to his season, Campos came out on fire, recording a goal and an assist over his first two games for the Otters. At PBA, Campos appeared in 19 games, and despite never starting, recorded three goals and six assists.
Versatile attacker Taylor Gray will also be a part of the Otters attack in 2019. Gray showcased an ability to play both inside and out. Gray recorded 19 shots, which was fourth best on the team, and added a goal and an assist. Gray transferred from Lees-McRae to Reinhardt and was able to help the Eagles win their conference and make an appearance in the NAIA Tournament. Gray started all 20 games and scored five goals and four assists.
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