Men's Soccer Preview
Men's Soccer - Thu, Aug. 4, 2011
The La Sierra University Mens Soccer team looks to build from last season success "Our expectations are high but guarded," said second year Head Coach Jesse Olivas. "We gained a lot of valuable experience last season and are counting on a strong carryover this season. We are facing some talented teams again this year and we are looking forward to that challenge" Last season the Golden Eagles finished the season 8-9-2 (9-9-2 overall) and are looking to build off of that.
With some key recruits coming in the fall, the coaching staff is looking for their returning players to bring leadership on and off the field. With some key recruits coming in the fall, Coach Olivas is looking for his returning players to bring leadership on and off the field. "With 3 active seniors (David Nolan, Luis Escamilla, Shane Shelton) on the roster there is no lack of leadership on the the field. These guys have a lot of experience that will benefit the team and I expect them to not only perform for us, but to help mentor the younger guys coming into the system." Last season was a key turning point for the Golden Eagles as they recorded the most wins in the young history of the schools soccer program.
Coach Olivas is looking for David Nolan, Senior Team Captain. to help lead the attack, also the addition of Shane Shelton will help strengthen the midfield. "Shane is a strong player with great vision and having him back on the roster will help us in the attack" Coach Olivas. In the Defense the Golden Eagles return Cole King- who was one of the more consistent players last season and a key factor as to why the team recorded 8 shutouts.
The Golden Eagles started 7 freshman last season and the coaching staff believe that this class will play a major role and will have a great impact on this seasons team. Key freshman includeKenneth Bonanken- started every single game and led the team in scoring.Joel Hernandez, Roman Santiago, Dj Bonanken. "They are a young group that gained much needed experience, and they now know what it is required of them in order to succeed and we are looking for them to help us achieve the goals that we have set for ourselves"
There are some key recruits that will challenge for starting spots, and that will give the team some depth, something the Golden Eagles lack last season.Diego Fontes, Dakota Shelton, are some key freshman coming in. "These are young and talented players that are willing to learn, and are looking to compete" Said Olivas.
The Golden Eagles will meet for preseason on Aug 3rd. and their first official match will be on Aug. 24 when they face Vanguard University.