COUGARS MEN'S SOCCER - TALENT AND EXPERIENCE
Head Coach Thomas Kearns is looking forward to the 2013 campaign ...
The SCC coaching staff is looking forward to the 2013 Soccer Season. This year’s team will be a mixture of first year freshman and experienced sophomores. The incoming recruiting class is extremely talented and will mix well with the solid group of returning players. The 2013 Cougars look to build on the success of the past four seasons. The Cougars have finished with a winning record in each of the past three seasons.
This team is determined to put SCC soccer among the elite teams in Region XVI and the MCCAC (Midwest Community College Athletic Conference). The team will compete against perennial powers Jefferson College, East Central College and Lewis & Clark Community College. The players welcome the challenge and are excited to display the soccer talent from the St. Charles County area. I am pleased to bring in talented players from surrounding areas, but I will always take pride in bringing in the majority of my student athletes from St. Charles County.
I expect to have an abundance of players competing for spots in the starting eleven. Some of the early signees have ensured our competitiveness and will battle for starting positions. I am counting on Collin Hennessy (St. Dominic) to be among players competing for time on defense. We have a number of versatile players that may play in a variety of roles including midfield. These players include: Tyler Collins (Parkway North), Nate Holtz (Hazelwood Central) and Zach Schulz (McCluer North). Up front we will be looking to Stevenson Coleman (St. Charles West) and Josh Gwaltney (Francis Howell) to notch a few game winning goals.
Our returning players bring a great deal of experience, skill and dedication to the 2013 squad. I anticipate these qualities leading our team to a very successful season. Playing defense we have, MCCAC All-Conference player, Ramon Perez (Hazelwood West) and Ryan Gwaltney (Francis Howell).
In midfield we have Brendan Temm (Hazelwood West). Also, we have returning leading scorer, Tyler Johnson (First Team All-Region and First Team All-Conference). Returning goalkeepers Mitchel Villa (2012, 1.241 gaa) and Kevin Dougherty (2012 1.6 gaa) will be competing for time in the nets. Nick Hufford (St. Dominic-Elmhurst), Dan McCune (Kennedy), Stephen Rozycki (Francis Howell Central), Valrick Fullins (Miami, Fla.) and Danny McAteer (St. Dominic-Elmhurst) will be joining the SCC squad for the first time in 2013. Their experience and talent should play a vital role to the team’s success in 2013.
I am very pleased with our outlook and the ability of the players coming into the program. I anticipate SCC soccer players to be again selected to all Region XVI and all MCCAC teams. In 2009, Brad Jacobsen received first team All-Region XVI honors and Scott Hunter received second team All-Region XVI and MCCAC All-Conference teams. In 2009, the SCC Men’s Soccer team was awarded with The Sportsmanship Award from the MCCAC.
In 2010, Matt Wilcox and Brad Jacobsen were selected as first team All-Region and MCCAC All-Conference. Gen Spaunhhorst was selected second team All-Region and All-Conference. Robbie Bajier, Alex Pajada, and Austin Haywood received second team All-Conference honors. Jared Ray received second team All-Region recognition.
In 2011, All-Conference players were: Robert Wright, Robbie Bajier, Conor Leach, Austin Haywood, Matt Jung and Bryan Powers. All-Region players were: Robbie Bajier, Bryan Powers, Conor Leach and Austin Haywood.
In 2012, All-conference players were: Brad Duke, Tyler Johnson, Kevin Dougherty, Joey Kaver, Ramon Perez and Kevin Reis. All-Region players were Brad Duke and Tyler Johnson.
The future looks bright and I am proud to be a part of St. Charles Community College and the soccer program.