Springfield, Mo. (Ozarks Sports Zone) -- The story of the Logan-Rogersville men’s soccer team is one of patience and progress. An example of the patience aspect can be seen when looking back at the team’s inaugural season in 2008 when they managed to win only two games. The progress can be seen in the fact that the team has won more games than they had the year prior in every season since and, in 2011, posted their first ever winning record of 14-10.
It is very possible that this trend of continuous improvement carries on in the 2012 season as the Wildcats return a strong class. Midfielder Ty Stevens, defender Josh Nixon and forward Tucker Brown were named all-district last season. Tucker Brown was also named all-conference. Nixon, along with midfielders Nick Hurshman and Joe Whittington, will all be called upon to provide leadership and support as key seniors on the team.
Head coach Brett Wubbena is very confident in his top and middle players this year due to their experience. The defense is lacking in this department, as all but one of them is new to the varsity squad. However, Wubbena is happy with the hard work he has seen this offseason from his goalkeeper Matt Daugherty, who is seeking to improve on his impressive 2011 season.
The progress of the program is not limited to what happens on the field.
“Slowly, our school is being won over to soccer, which is not easy when you have a state champion football team,” said Wubbena.
This sort of acceptance of soccer by the school and the community contributes to a better product on the field. Wubbena notes the increase he has seen in actual “soccer players” as opposed to guys who just want to try to play something new. Freshmen Chris Capels, Jonah Popa and Riley Shirk are all great examples of this as they have already shown promise for the future of the program during this year’s summer league.
Wubbena is optimistic about this season.
“I expect my team to build on their success the past couple years and win the games they should win along with a few of more wins that they will have to play out of their minds to get.”
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