2009 Men's Soccer Season Outlook

Simpson University Sports News


REDDING, Calif. - With the returning talent and the influx of new players, head men’s soccer coach Darby Anderson is looking forward to another successful season. Simpson men’s soccer has the potential to improve on last year's success. The team will certainly miss many of last year's seniors and the leadership they brought to the team.

Coach Anderson believes that the team has the players to step in those roles to improve unity and team chemistry. Some of the key returners are junior Matt Deacon (two time second team all Cal Pac goalie), junior Chao Xiong (second team all Cal Pac), and sophomore Michael Guzman (second team all Cal Pac). Juniors , Blake Martz, and seniors David Robertson and Joshua Stone will add much leadership and depth to all areas on the field. Sophomores Kerry Meehan, Jordan Reed, and Nate Butterfield are expected to help spearhead a lethal attack, while Eric Jorgensen will help anchor the Red Hawk defense.

Whereas all of the incoming recruits will help raise the level of the Red Hawks soccer program, there are four that have the potential to make an early impact. Senior transfer student Tim Dana will add experience, aerial dominance and strength to the back line. Sophomore transfer student Alec Berg is adding versatility, experience and speed to their attack. Freshman Kyle Ochoa is bringing a great touch, experience and field awareness to the midfield and attack. Sophomore transfer student Andrew Martinez will bring wisdom, strength, passion, and a great finisher's mentality and touch to their attack.

The remaining seven newcomers will definitely improve the program's depth by raising the level of their game to contribute in game situations. Overall, Coach Anderson feels that program has been on the rise the past few years and believes that this year has the potential to be even more impressive than last year.

“Our team chemistry and unity in reflecting the glory of our Lord is always our paramount goal. I believe in each of these young men and their potential to reflect the glory of Jesus as they play this beautiful game throughout this upcoming season,” said Coach Anderson.

Contact: Derrick Pringle, Jr.
(530) 226-4731