Men's Soccer Season Preview

Men's Soccer Season Preview

CHESTERTOWN, Md. — The Washington College men's soccer team heads into the 2019 season poised to improve upon last year's overall and Centennial Conference records. The Shoremen suffered six one-goal losses a year ago and outscored their opponents overall despite finishing with a 6-8-3 record. With a strong group of returning student-athletes and a deep and talented recruiting class taking the pitch this fall, the Shoremen will be a strong contender for a Centennial Conference Tournament berth.

A quartet of experienced seniors will help provide leadership to this year's team. Senior defenders Evan Savoth (Swarthmore, Pa./Strath Haven) and Sean Garin (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) led the team in starts a year ago with 16 and 17, respectively. In addition to stout defense, they each finished with one goal on the year. Savoth was named an All-Centennial Conference honorable mention following the season, while Garin was named the team's MVP. Forward Liam Mansfield (Manhasset, N.Y./Manhasset) is the Shoremen's third-leading returning point-getter after scoring three goals and assisting on another last season. Midfielder Kyle Gaeffke (Haverford, Pa./Harriton), meanwhile, returns after spending last season abroad. He was named the team's MVP in 2017 after leading the team with three assists and seven total points. 

The Shoremen's roster this fall boasts a whopping 10 juniors, including several key players from last year's squad. Midfielder/forward James Strine (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum School) led the team with four assists a year ago and tied for the team lead with 10 total points by scoring three goals of his own. Forward Greg Adams (Pasadena, Md./Chesapeake) tied for the team lead in goals last year with four and also notched one assist. Defender Del Jenkins (Barrington, R.I./Milton Academy [Mass.]) scored two goals in 2018, while forward Remy Kriz (Nyack, N.Y./Nyack) tallied one goal and two assists. Defenders Aidan Chadam (Danville, Calif./Athenian School) and Aidan Kelly (Bear, Del./Salesianum School) each made double digit starts last year; Chadam added one goal and one assist, while Kelly had one assist and was named the team's Co-Most Improved Player. Sharing that honor with Kelly was defender Frank Koons (Blue Bell, Pa./Germantown Academy), who also had one assist. Goalkeeper Gavin Campbell (Wilmington, Del./Salesianum School) made three starts a year ago, posting a .765 save percentage and a 1.33 goals-against average. Midfielder Raymond Lewis (Bowie, Md./DeMatha) and defender Terran Ondiek (Silver Spring, Md./James H. Blake) round out the junior class.

Sophomore midfielder Zack Urbanski (Nottingham, Md./Calvert) scored two goals in 15 games last season, while classmate and midfielder Eric Gwadz (Washington, D.C./Woodrow Wilson) had one goal and one assist in 16 games. Defender/midfielder Joe Mutscheller (Alexandria, Va./Episcopal), who scored one goal as a freshman, and midfielder Trevor Zinkand (Middle River, Md./Calvert Hall) complete the sophomore class.

Freshman goalkeepers Austin Heid (Middle River, Md./Our Lady of Mount Carmel) and Tim Loeffler (Baltimore, Md./St. Paul's School for Boys) give the Shoremen three options in net this fall. Eight first-year field players are also new to the roster: forward Alyan Youssaf (Devon, Pa./Conestoga); midfielders Cole Gifford (Delran, N.J./Delran), Tommy Hance (Linthicum Heights, Md./North County), Ben Horgan (Wilmington, Del./St. Andrew's), Jackson Sopa (Rising Sun, Md./Rising Sun), and Ben Strine (Hockessin, Del./Salesianum School); midfielder/defender Harrison Malone (Media, Pa./Episcopal Academy), and defender Alex Coster (Rockville, Md./Richard Montgomery)

Dimitri Kaliakin '17 returns to the coaching staff as the team's lead assistant after serving as a part-time assistant two years ago. He is the program's all-time leader in career assists. Head coach Roy Dunshee enters his eighth season at the helm of the program. 

The Shoremen will be looking to reverse a 2-6-2 Centennial Conference record from a year ago in order to secure a berth in the five-team Centennial Conference Tournament. While that may seem like a tough hill to climb, five of those six conference losses were by a single goal. 

Schedule Breakdown
Total Games 17 (nine home and eight away)
Home and Season Opener: August 30 v. Virginia Wesleyan (4 p.m., part of the Athey Cup)
Away Opener: September 6 at Cabrini (4:30 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opener: September 21 vs. Gettysburg (7 p.m.)
Centennial Away Opener: September 28 at Ursinus (1 p.m.)
Centennial Home Opponents: Gettysburg, #22 Johns Hopkins (10/2),  Haverford (10/19), #17 Franklin & Marshall (10/26)
Centennial Road Opponents: Ursinus, McDaniel (10/5), Dickinson (10/12), Swarthmore (10/30, Muhlenberg (11/2)
Non-Conference Home Opponents: Virginia Wesleyan, Keystone (8/31), Goucher (9/11), Randolph (9/14), Catholic (10/15)
Non-Conference Road Opponents: Cabrini (9/6), #15 Eastern (9/7), Wesley (9/18)