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Soccer team expects to contend
Soccer in the Upper Valley has grown by leaps and bounds over
the last few years and nowhere is that more evident than the turnout for
this year's Wildcat teams. Seventy-four athletes turned out for the team,
including 37 freshman.
"Its really a growing sport, especially here in the Valley and their
interest to continue on into high school is really encouraging, said Mount
Si head coach Bruce Caldwell, now in his 13th season. "But it's sad
when they're not able to continue at the high school level," he added.
The school will boast three teams again this year, a varsity team,
loaded with returners; a JV team; and a
New to the coaching staff this year is local resident Glen Kramer.
Kramer will head up the JV program along with veteran coach Bev
Jorgenson who will head up the "C" team
again. Kramer who played at both the high school and college levels was a
wise choice according to Caldwell.
"It was a good selection, keeping it in the Valley, said Caldwell. "He
has a vested interest in the Valley himself. He lives here and has a stake here,"
This year's team plans on not only competing but has a strong desire
to be a league contender, hopefully securing one of the two playoff
berths from the league. Heading that charge will be standout Seth Holub, a
senior and powerhouse behind the Wildcat team.
"I have kind of appointed him to that leadership role and he is
accepting it," said Caldwell of Holub.
"With this many seniors it's hard to have three or four captains, so he is
respected by his teammates and he leads by example, is disciplined and is
making a good leader," continued Caldwell.
Other hotshots on the varsity team include Drew Arenth, a
sophomore; Taylor Dahlberg, a senior; Jeff Winter, senior; Tony Baldwin, senior;
Jeff Krieble, a junior; Jeff Stone, junior; and Robert Jorgenson, a senior.
The toughest choice for Caldwell has been at the keeper position.
Seniors Kasey Robinson and Kenny Rowe are sharing time in the net.
"At this point I haven't been able to make a decision with both
playing equally well," said Caldwell. "It's
been a very difficult decision."
Besides the ranks of returning players, there are several new
additions to the team. Mike Dollinter who is injured right now will strengthen
up the center mids when he is healthy. In addition, Evan Terbrueggen is
injured and once he is back out there will solidify the defense a little more.
"Brett Bergstrom, a sophomore, played real well last night at
center mid," said Caldwell. "We have Jed McDaniels at outside mid, a
junior who is playing real well; and Ben Kaplan, who is versatile, can play
several places," he added.
"They are excited about their play and their expectations are that
they will be a contender this year and that's what they want to do. The caution
is to play it game-by-game but that's the ultimate goal, to be a contender
and work hard to do it," continued Caldwell.
And early indications are that the `Cats will have a strong year.
Tuesday night action found them at Interlake to take on the Saints. Holub
walked away with two goals and Arenth added one of his own while the defense
held the Saints to only two shots on goal.
"We split with Interlake last year; they were pretty tough and a very
good team," said Caldwell. "Defensively
we shut them out. They only had two shots on goal and one of those was
just a missed kick by one of our defenders. That left us one-on-one and
Kenny Rowe made a great save," he concluded.