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Men's Soccer 2010

Bluefield College wrapped up its 2010 men's soccer season this month, losing to number one seed Bryan College in the first round of the conference tournament.

December 5, 2010

Bluefield College wrapped up its 2010 men's soccer season this month, losing to number one seed Bryan College in the first round of the conference tournament.  


This was a rebuilding year for the Rams. A new coach and first-year players making up half the team were just some of the hurdles the team faced.


It was Coach Peter Dryer's  first year as a head coach.  Before BC, Dryer was an assistant coach for three years at Geneva College, an NCAA Division III program in Beaver Falls, Penn.  While at Geneva College, Dryer helped lead the school to three NCAA regional tournament appearances.  


"I am very excited to be here at Bluefield College and coaching this team," Dryer said." I believe in the mission of the institution and am excited about the direction that it is going in, and I am grateful for the opportunity to be a part of it."


The men's soccer team knew it was going to be a trying year.  Getting used to a new coach and his formations is hard enough, but when you add getting freshman up to college-level soccer into the mix, you make for a very hard road. Bluefield College men knew that and were up to the task.  They spent long hours training and getting ready for this season.


When the 2010 season got under way the team increased its confidence with a couple of wins in conference play.  When the men hit the heat of the schedule, you could see a few weaknesses.  Inexperience started to show, and injuries diminished a roster that was already lean.


The team finished its season 4-15 (0-7).  By the numbers, this season looks like a loss, but you have to go beyond the numbers to see that something good is in the mix for BC soccer.  With young players and a new coach it may take next year or the next to see the big improvements. 


 "I think that we did lay a foundation for success in the future," said Joey Waltz, junior defense and midfield player. "We met and discussed several times what it means to play on this team and the groundwork was laid, as far as core values and what kind of image we want to display as a program."


Success for the men's soccer program here at BC wasn't measured by the win-loss column; instead it was measured by the foundation laid by the new program under Peter Dryer.  Looking at that, BC laid a great foundation for years to come. 

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