By Cristelle Tejes
With a lot of players not returning for the new season, the men’s soccer coaches had to make some new changes.
“We have returned seven guys from last year’s squad and have twenty seven new faces on the team,” said Ruben Sanchez, head coach. To recruit all these athletes, Sanchez hosted a big visit in the spring and brought more than 50 recruits to visit campus and train with our team. “This allowed us to bring in some talented new players that were a good fit for our program and Southwestern College,” he said.
The returners seem to be showing some leadership qualities. At the same time, some of the newcomers are stepping forward and finding ways to help out the team. A few newcomers even took the initiative and applied to join the Leadership team. To fit together more as a new team, they spent a weekend together at Winfield Lake camping.
Joey Yeisley, assistant coach, said that his expectations for the season are to compete in every single game and improve on what was started last year. “As coaches, our goals for this season include having our guys come together as a team, first and foremost. We would also like to improve out record in the KCAC and compete for a playoff spot. It looks as though our program is taking a step in the right direction. We feel this team has a lot of potential, and it’s up to us to help [the team] reach it,” Joey said.
The first match is Sept. 2. They are playing Barclay College, who finished third in the 2010 Association of Christian College Athletics National Tournament. “We feel very confident going into this and any match. If we play to our abilities, we will achieve a favorable result,” said Rueben.
Ian High played at Southwestern from his freshman year to his junior year, but unfortunately had to transfer his senior year because of financial issues. He has had an unforgettable experience during his three years on the men’s soccer team. Ian wishes he could have finished his last year with the lifelong friends he has made on the team.
“[The men’s soccer team has] a lot of talented young players and some very committed veterans that I think will make for a good team, especially under the guidance of Joey and Ruben,” said Ian.
Cristelle Tejes is a sophomore majoring in communication. You may email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.