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2018 Men's Soccer Season Preview

Photo by Garret Weintrob '21
Photo by Garret Weintrob '21

SEASON OUTLOOK

The Wesleyan University men's soccer team returns three of its top five scorers from last season and looks to build upon recent year's successes. Last fall, the Cardinals started out strong, winning five of their first six contests. The challenging NESCAC schedule will be a focus this season, as they continue competing against some of their toughest opponents in conference play.

Wesleyan will open the 2018 campaign at home on Wednesday, September 5th. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. as they entertain WPI. The Cardinals will hit the road for back-to-back contests after the home opener, and will return home on Saturday, September 15th.

Wesleyan will be led by head coach Geoff Wheeler as he enters his 20th season at the helm of the program. Coach Wheeler is excited to welcome back assistant coach Joe Cherackal who debuted his first season as an assistant last fall.

MEET THE TEAM

  • The Cardinals are returning 16 members from last season and welcome 13 first-year players in 2018
  • Seniors Teddy Lyons, Komar Martinez-Pais and Cam McCusker all bring leadership qualities on and off the pitch that will guide the young players well. 
  • The Cardinals are looking for another productive year from Martinez-Paiz and Alex Haas. Martinez-Paiz led the team in points (6) last fall as he scored two goals and dished out two assists en route to Second Team All-NESCAC honors, while Haas finished second on the team in points (5) with two scores and one assist.
  • Sophomore James Schubauer had a great debut in 2017 where he scored two goals and played in all 15 games.
  • Despite waving goodbye to eight seniors who had a lot of playing time, there is a great blend of experience and youth in the 2018 team.

COACHES' THOUGHTS

"We are excited to be on campus training after a strong off-season of work. For the returning players, we have spent a lot of time working on our team culture and pushing each other to improve. The younger players are blending into the group well and adding great energy to the squad. The start of the season will be a fantastic test for us as we host 2017 NCAA qualifiers and then head down to Philadelphia to test our group against a strong Haverford and rising Eastern team."