Men's Soccer | Friday, September 30, 2005
Men's Soccer Looks to Improve on Last Year's Record; Talented Newcomers Team With Veterans for Exciting Club
SALEM, OR — Bigger… stronger… faster…. deeper…those are all words Head Coach Jeff Enquist uses to describe this year’s edition of the Willamette University men’s soccer team.
Enquist (pictured left) returns a handful of talented starters
and a new crop of freshmenand transfer students as he begins his
second year heading the Bearcatprogram. Enquist is confident the
team will improve on last season's
6-12-2 overall record and a 6-8 conference record.
“We picked up some true soccer players. The team overall is much
more serious about playing soccer, about practicing and about
setting goals for
us to improve as a team,” said Enquist. “The guys are very focused and
very dedicated this season.”
Leading the crew of returning players are Mike Rodrigues (SO,
OR), Reid Bennion (JR, Tacoma), Donald Bressler (SO, Colorado), Dane Meier
(SR, Reno, Nev.) and Daniel Park JR, Mililani, Haw.).
Bressler is a most welcome addition who was forced to sit out
due to injury after a stellar freshman campaign. He’ll move to forward
where he will team with newcomer Ryan Powers, a transfer student from
Rodrigues will anchor the midfield line. Park will play sweeper this season and Meier has impressed Enquist with strong improvement between the goal posts.
Bennion will be counted on in the middle of the field where
he’ll be stronger and faster than year ago. Enquist will also be counting on
last year’s returnees including defenders Paul Slavik (JR, Portland) and
Luke Stein (SO, Chicago, IL), midfielders Trevor Jones (SO, Portland), Thomas Cloutier (SO, Beaverton), Zach Seilo (JR, Bellingham, WA) and forward Austin Buell (SO, Ashland, OR).
Enquist is also excited about the pre-season play of newcomers
Donoho (FR, Boulder, CO), junior college transfer Eric Jacobsen and defender Ryan Ward (JR, Salem, OR).
Other freshmen competing for minutes as the season wears on include Ben Wilson, John Chang, and Matthew Whitehouse, a late addition to the team from England.
“Because of the hard work and dedication, this is a much more
fun team to be around,” said Enquist. “The big question is how we
will jell together as
a team. We’ve got a tough early season and if we can get some wins and some confidence, I think we’ll surprise some teams this season.”