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Men's Soccer—Season Overview
2013 Season Outlook
Goal scoring and replacing some key members of the defense will be important for the Colby College men's soccer team during the 2013 season.
Colby head coach Mark Serdjenian, back for his 38th year with the Mules, had enough from his defense last year to win or come close to winning games. However, the Mules struggled to put the ball in the back of the net.
"We look to be a very fit team, solid in the back, and looking forward to an attacking, possession-oriented style of play," Serdjenian said.
Colby finished with a 4-8-2 overall record, with three New England Small College Athletic Conference losses by 1-0 scores. The Mules also had two 0-0 ties in the conference.
Two of Colby's four captains play in back, one is in the midfield, and the other plays forward. Senior backs Jonathan Sommer (Gauting, Germany) and Grey Benjamin (Medway, Mass.) will lead the defense. Sommer, who is good in the air on corner kicks, was tied for third on the team in scoring last year with three goals. Benjamin, who had one assist a year ago, will move from the midfield to play defense.
Tim Stanton (Newton, Mass.), a sophomore, will start on defense and has good size at 6-foot-3. Sophomore Dan Vogel (Dedham, Mass.) also will start, while sophomore Aaron Liu (Westport, Conn.) and Chris Roccotagliata (Roslyn, N.Y.) will look for minutes in back along with first-years Brandon Grant (Ridgewood, N.J.) , Luke Andrews (Falmouth, Maine), and Ben Ach (Glenview, Ill.).
The defense will have two junior goalkeepers to play in front of this season. Cody Funkhouser (Hopewell, N.J.) started all 14 games last year and posted two shutouts, while Peter Quayle (Lincoln, Mass.) has come off the bench in his first two seasons. Both keepers should see minutes.
Senior captain Chris Pratt (Wellesley, Mass.) started all 14 games a year ago in the midfield and had one goal and one assist. Pratt will anchor the center of the midfield along with senior captain Nate Tolman (Scarborough, Maine) after the Mules lost All-NESCAC selection Andrew Meisel to graduation.
Juniors Jon Stronach (Concord, Mass.) and Andrew Woonton (Boxford, Mass.) will each see time in the midfield on the flanks after both started all 14 games on defense last year. Meanwhile, junior Matt Ayers (Lewisburg, Pa.) had a pair of goals in seven games played. Eric Nesto (Weston, Mass.) had one goal and one assist a year ago. First-year Brandon Fahlberg (Lowell, Mass.) and sophomore Gray Louis (Wellesley, Mass.) will look for midfield minutes along with first-years Fred Randall (Medford, Mass.), Conrad Troast (Nantucket, Mass.), and Jack McGeachie (North Reading, Mass.).
Junior forward Charlie Dupee (Portland, Maine) finished with three goals last season and sophomore Matt Giron (Barrington, R.I.) added a pair goals. Keith Chernin (Brookline, Mass.) and Yinka Onayemi (Chicago, Ill.) also will be counted on for offense. First-year Zac Cangemi (Oyster Bay, N.Y.) also is a forward.
2011 Season Recap
The Colby College men's soccer team made it three in a row and 11 in a row during the 2011 season.
The Mules made the New England Small College Athletic Conference playoffs for the third straight season and the squad earned the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Team Academic Award for the 11th straight season. Colby has the longest streak of being honored with the academic award than any other men's soccer team in the conference.
On the field, Colby finished with a 7-7-1 overall record and won the Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title with victories over Bowdoin (2-0) and the Bobcats (3-2). The Mules played well on the road during the season --- winning the game against the Polar Bears, knocking off then 18th-ranked Middlebury in overtime (1-0), and losing just 1-0 to a strong Williams squad. Colby also was 2-0-1 in overtime contests.
Head coach Mark Serdjenian earned his 250th career win at Colby in a 4-0 victory over Southern Maine.
Junior midfielder Andrew Meisel was an All-New England and All-NESCAC selection with three goals and four assists for 10 points from his central midfield position. Eric Barthold, a senior, led the Mules in scoring with five goals on just 19 shots (.263 shot percentage) and one assist. Junior forward Nick Aubin added two goals and three assists for seven points.
Senior co-captains Matt Boyes-Watson and Cory Hendrickson led the defense along with junior Nick Nowak. Meisel and Nowak will be the captains of the 2012 team.
The Mules had four goalies on the roster, with Ben Joslin playing most of the miniutes and recording a 6-5-1 record.