Team unity strong for young Manchester boys soccer players
NEW FRANKLIN — Last season, the Manchester High School boys soccer team finished with a 13-4-0 overall record and ended the season as Principals Athletic Conference-7 (PAC-7) champions for the first time in team history.
However, that team was led by eight seniors, so this year’s squad will need a new group of players to step up in order to defend the title, said head coach Scott Carpenter. One key for this year’s team, said Carpenter, is to master the basics.
“We are trying to become more fundamentally sound,” he stated. “We have a young team, with only three seniors, so we need more experience, and to stay healthy. We have had a lot of injuries this season, with nine injured players at this time.”
Through Manchester’s first five games of the season, the team had a 2-3-0 overall record and a 2-2-0 mark in league play. Carpenter said the team’s realistic goals for this season are 10 wins and to compete for the PAC-7 title.
Looking to lead the way for this year’s team is a trio of seniors: Matt Eidom, Jacob Boss and Kanyon Collins.
“Matt is a three-year letter-winner at midfield. He was PAC-7 honorable mention from last season and a team captain this season,” the coach said. “Jacob is a three-year letter-winner as a defender and a team captain this season. And Kanyon is a three-year letter-winner at forward and is the team’s leading scorer.”
One junior who Carpenter said he expects to stand out this season is Mark Sobnosky. The defender will look to build on a strong sophomore campaign.
“He was a PAC-7 first-team selection last season at defense and is a team captain this season,” the coach said. “He has a great soccer mind and is a great role model for our younger soccer players.”
Other juniors expected to play key roles for the team this season are Logan Speer and Vince Mirman.
“Logan Speer is a midfielder that has a motor that doesn’t quit. I expect good things this season from him,” Carpenter said. “Vince Mirman is a midfielder that has shown great promise this season also. He can also be a difference maker.”
Nick Cope is a player who has proven to be an early season surprise, the coach said.
“Nick has filled in to the starting lineup at defense for us this season,” he noted. “He has really been working hard.”
As for the rest of the team, Carpenter said he wants to see the team’s younger players simply learn how to improve through playing the game at the varsity level.
“[I expect them] to gather as much experience as they can this season, and to do what is necessary to better themselves as their career goes on,” he said.
Carpenter is in his fifth season as the team’s head coach. His coaching staff is comprised of: Andrew Devol, head junior varsity coach and varsity assistant coach; Jim Jordan, junior varsity assistant coach and varsity assistant coach; and Kyle Herrick, varsity assistant coach.
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