Men’s soccer gets ball rolling as season opener draws closer

Players get ready for the opener as they look to impress. (Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)
Players get ready for the opener as they look to impress. (Courtesy of the Sports Information Desk)

By Otto Gomez
Staff Writer

The men’s soccer team will begin its 2015 season at home on Wednesday, Sept. 2, against York College at 7:30 p.m.

The team, led by Coach George Nazario, aims to improve on a 7-9-2 season from a year ago, an aberration from what has been a stellar coaching career for Nazario. With 12 winning seasons, four NCAA berths and a 1996 national title under his belt, Nazario will be in charge of leading the team in hopes of a rebound season. His first victory this year would give him his 200th career in the program, an incredible feat.

The team brings back a great rising senior class, including starter defensive backs Greg Kaye and Dan McMillan. Together, along with fellow younger players looking to step up this year, they will anchor a defense trying to start the season off on a good note. They will set the tempo for the rest of the team and will try to spark the offense with its strong play.

Junior Sean Etheridge, a forward who is stepping into a much bigger role on offense this year, will be part of the group of players that looks for the defense to get things started. When asked about what the team needs to do to be successful, he responded, “We just need to believe in ourselves and trust each other on the field. We got a few new guys that can definitely impact our style of play in a positive way and overall we just need to keep our heads up and believe in the system and each other.”

The last regular season game for the Lions will be at Rowan University on Wednesday, Oct. 28, and might be the deciding factor for either team to advance to the NJAC tournament.