Men’s soccer caps successful 2nd year

November 7, 2013

mens soccer picThe men’s soccer team took another big step forward in the program’s second year of existence, finishing with a 15-7-2 overall record (9-5-1 Region X) en route to a regional playoff victory.

Last year’s squad had a very respectable record of 9-10-1, and head coach Scott Haywood credited his 17-man sophomore class for putting the program on the right path.

“(This season) was what I was hoping for, but I’m not sure I expected it,” said Haywood. “I think this year, this group has set a tone for the program has a whole, and much of that credit goes to the sophomores. They had to suffer through some things last season that this year’s freshmen didn’t. They showed that this is not a three-month-per-year sport. We’re going to work hard in the offseason. We’re going to lift weights. It really set a tone for the program down the road.”

PHCC won the program’s first ever home playoff match with a 3-1 PK victory over Wake Tech. The Patriots then fell to No. 10 ranked SMC, 5-2.

Patriots Oscar Ulloa (MF, 7 goals, 5 assists), Uli Rios (F, 6 goals, 3 assists) and Marvin Soyka (D, 1 goal) earned first-team all-Region X honors in recognition of their efforts on the field. They were joined by second-team sophomore honorees Bill Ison (112 saves, 7 shutouts, 1.92 GAA) and Lucas Prillaman (1 goal, 1 assist).

Haywood was able to redshirt a large number of players this season, and with the experience many of his travel-team freshmen received on the pitch this year, he said the future is looking bright at PHCC.

“It’s looking great. It really is,” he said. “A lot of the freshmen got a lot of playing time all over the field – defenders, forwards, midfielders. The redshirters have not only next year but the following year to play, which is awesome. I think the sky is the limit.”

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