PREVIEW: Wesley Men’s Soccer Looking Forward to 2017

PREVIEW: Wesley Men’s Soccer Looking Forward to 2017

DOVER, Del. - As head men's soccer coach Steve Clark enters his 28th year leading the Wesley College men's soccer program, he looks for the team to improve from 2016, where the Wolverines battled through injuries.

The Wolverines will be led on and off the field by captains Seth Laucht, Patrick Schlosser and Matt Waldron.

Schlosser, who started 10 of 15 games in the midfield, handed out two assists in 2016 in Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) play. Schlosser also competes on the Wesley track and field team, where he was an All-American in the 4x100-meter relay at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Laucht played in 13 games last season and was a leader on defense. Waldron played in 15 games a year ago, where he scored two goals, one of which was a game-winner against Cairn on Sept. 17, 2016.

"All three showed their leadership qualities during preseason workouts and they have progressed significantly on the pitch," Clark stated. "These lads are competitive and want to win but are also selfless, team-oriented student-athletes who I believe will set the right example for the rest of the team this fall."   

While the coaching staff is looking to lean on the leadership of their three captains, they are also looking towards the returning players who worked hard in the offseason. The coaching staff has a lot of excitement about the incoming freshmen, but they will be need to step up immediately and hope that they can benefit early on from that experience.

"Like Arsenal of the English Premier League, we are a work in progress," Clark said. "But we are excited to compete with some of the best teams in the CAC."

The Wolverines kick off the 2017 season on Friday, Sept. 1 at the Yellow Jacket Classic in Ashland, Va. where they will square off with host Randolph-Macon.