Men’s Soccer Builds Towards the Future

Phil Paquette

The men’s soccer team will look to rebound after a disappointing year, which included going winless in Northeast-10 conference play. Coach Josh Krusewski will look to build off some positives from last season. One positive was that nine of their starters were either freshmen or sophomores, and they had the possibility of getting better with that year of playing. Second, they do not have any pressure after being picked to finish last in the conference.

Coach Krusewski said that he expects the team to be competitive in all games this season, because they were competitive in most of their games, including their losses last season when they lost six games by one goal. Another point of emphasis, the coach said, was that they needed to gain a better idea of defending restarts of play and set pieces. The Chargers allowed seven goals off of restarts and set pieces.

Returning for the Chargers this season is starting goalie Jonathan Cream. He finished seventh in the conference in saves per game last season, with 4.41 saves per game. That may not be a good statistic, because he was one of the most shot upon goalies in the conference last year. However, the defense should be improved this season, with the return of Josh Allen, Austin Coleman, Michael Diker, Daniel Drageicvich, Jeff Lazzara, Joel Rodriguez, and Matt Sarazin. All of these players saw some time last season. The arrival of three freshmen will push them throughout the season. The unit will have to get better, if the Chargers want to move up in standings this season.

On the mid-field and attacking lines, the Chargers return most of their key players from last season as well. A big question is the health of Steven Gennuso, as he led the team in shots and shots on goal. Also, returning up front for the Chargers is junior Anthony Romano, who tied for the team lead with three goals with senior Nick Dionne. The offense will need to improve as well, as the team finished second to last in the conference in goals per game. The midfield will try improving by setting up the front line this season, with Joel Rodriguez, leading returning set-up man with two assists.

The team will look to keep on making improvements this season, which will hopefully lead to some more wins, with the added experience and chemistry that comes with playing together for a whole year now.