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PHCC Soccer Excited for 2014-2015 Season

August 13, 2014

imagePatrick Henry Community College will host 19 matches on the friendly pitch of the Smith River Sports Complex soccer field this fall, following 2014 Patriots soccer season announcements from Men’s Head Coach Enda Crehan and Women’s Head Coach Larry Wylie.

Hosting two competitions against nationally ranked Spartanburg Methodist College and Louisburg College highlights the men’s schedule, which also contains tough competitions against other Region X opponents.

 

“I’m excited for the season opener as it is my first match back in the college game,” Crehan said. “I’m looking forward to playing against tough competitors, as any coach wants to coach against great sides like them.”

PHCC’s roster returns five sophomore players from last year’s squad including Francisco Garcia, Michael Mercado, Grant Boaz, Sydnor Trent and Nick Clarke. Fifteen newcomers will join the team this upcoming season. Crehan said he feels good about this young group he’s assembled, which consists of players with a wide variety of backgrounds.

“Obviously, we are very excited about this upcoming season,” he said. “I believe this group of young men, combined with a tough conference schedule, will help us to best prepare for our future here. We look forward to developing a new culture and keeping the program moving forward.”

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The 18-game regular-season Lady Pats soccer schedule features nine home matches at the Smith River Sports Complex. With seven returning players and 13 incoming freshmen, PHCC looks to improve on the success that they found in 2013.

“We want to not only build on our regular season record, but also make a strong run at the Region 10 championship,” Wylie said. “Last season, we made vast improvements both defensively and offensively in the attacking of the field. With several additions made to this year’s Lady Patriots, we feel that we will be very competitive in Region 10 action his year.”

Strong play from center back Jailene Cartagena and first team all-conference goalkeeper Payton Gregg kept opponent scoring limited last season, while Larissa Ayo and Taylor Flick orchestrated goal-scoring opportunities. All four players return this year, but Payton Gregg will be sidelined following foot and ankle surgery this past summer.

“I look for our sophomores to provide leadership and strong play through the midfield and in the attacking third,” Wylie said. “We have some good, young players that have shown great potential, and they will have the opportunity to display this potential early in the season.”

The PHCC Lady Pats Soccer team will open play at 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23 when they host Region 10 opponent USC-Lancaster. The Patriots also will host the Patriot Classic, a four-team tournament on the weekend of Sept. 20-21. Competing in the tournament will be PHCC, Spartanburg Methodist College (South Carolina), The Community College of Baltimore County-Catonsville (Maryland), and Frederick Community College (Maryland).

For additional information on the Patriots fall soccer schedule, visit www.phccsports.com.

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