Knights soccer ready to gel

Alex MacNeil

A. MacNeil

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The Kings Men’s Soccer Team enters the 2015 season with a lot of potential. The 3-2-1 team is looking to make this season better than the last.

The Knights finished last season 6-9-3 with a loss to Mason in the playoffs to end the season. This year the returning talent looks to be strong. The Knights are returning 13 players including key players like Foster Martin, Rey Canteria, Malik Akteluov, Ben Ingling, Logan Gray and Jared Doll.

Coach Eric Poggi seems optimistic for this season. “There’s a lot of players who have improved since last year, there really isn’t just one.” Coach Poggi said. “Our biggest obstacle is to gel as a team. This year we have the talent we just need to put it all together.” 

The Knights are adding fresh new talent to the roster this year as well. Quinn Adler and Noah Knific are the lone freshman on the team.

“I think I fit in pretty nicely.” Quinn said. Adler and Knific both picked up their first varsity goals in the win over Clinton Massie on August 29th. Other young players include sophomore Caleb Owens, Ruslan Burnside, and Charlie Kuhn who present a lot of potential for the future.

Junior goalie Alex Orr looks to improve since last year. “We’ve gained a lot of experience since last year.” Orr said. “I finished 3rd in the ECC in saves last year so I’m hoping for a couple shutouts this year.”Alex Journalism Class Pictures 036edit

Junior Foster Martin looks to be a big impact player for the Knights this year. At attacking midfield, Foster has scored four goals so far this season.

“My goal is to just be one of the leaders on the team.” Foster said. “We need to work together as a team and focus more during practice if we want to make this season a success.”

The Knights have only four seniors on the roster this year. Those include Malik Akteluov, David Weed, Noah Herd, and senior captain and center defender Ben Ingling.

“I’m responsible for making sure everyone on the field is level headed,” said Ingling, who is a 3rd year varsity player. “We have a lot more potential than last season. We just didn’t quite have the numbers last year. I’d like for a winning season, but I just want my last season to be enjoyable.”

The Knights have tough upcoming matches including Loveland and Walnut Hills. For more updates and information follow Kings Soccer on Twitter @KingsMensSoc1.

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