Rams Improve This Season Under Coach Dryer
The men's soccer team ended their season unlike the way that it had started, but improved off of past seasons.
November 9, 2010
Men's Soccer Action and team photo for the 2010 men's soccer season.
Bluefield, VA—The men's soccer team ended their season unlike the way that it had started, but improved off of past seasons.
Under the direction of first year head coach Peter Dryer the team got off to an early winning start beating Warren Wilson (7-1), Ferrum College (4-0), Pikeville College (4-0) and Bethany College (5-4) which put the team at a 4-1 record entering into the September 15 match-up against conference foe Milligan College.
But like every sports team the Rams became bitten with the injury bug taking away at least one of the starters in the remainder of the season. After the Milligan match up losing 6-0, the Rams began a landslide; the Rams entertained alumni at the Concord/BC matchup for Homecoming losing a nail biter 2-1 in the final minutes of play. The last home matchup for the Rams was with Bryan College, which they lost 9-0.
The Rams ended the regular season with a 4-14 record entering into post-season play against the number one seed Bryan College in the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Tournament. The Rams lost to Bryan ending their season 6-0.
The Rams had many standout players on this year's roster including returning players goalie Jeff Fields, Nago Mbengue, Timmy Michaels, and Mannie Bekele.
Fields, who had 93 saves and allowed 51 goals this season for the Rams had a win/loss record of 2-8, Fields, a senior, will graduate in May. Mbengue, who was named as Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) Player of the Week, scored 14 points for the Rams this season, he had 51 shots with 20 shots on goal, scoring six goals, and having two assists for the Rams. Michaels had five goals and scored 10 points during the season. He also had 17 shots and 11 shots on goal. Bekele was unfortunately injured during the beginning portion of the season, but saw some action in the final games.
The Rams added several new standout players this season, Jake Summers, a freshman from Rappahannock, Virginia; Summer led the team in scoring with nineteen points this season. Summer had 43 shots with 28 shots on goal; he had nine goals with one assist during his freshman year with the Rams.
Zachari Breland, a junior from Laguna Niguel, CA saw action this season on the field and in front of the goal; Breland scored three goals for the Rams, totaling six points for the Rams. As goalie, Breland had 12 saves and allowed only 6 goals playing 118:34 as goalie in three games.
Other notable Rams soccer players this season was freshman Kody Tremblay, Tyler Koerwitz, Will Rittenhouse, and Chris Hughes; along with juniors Joey Waltz and Shawn Stanley, this group of athletes each had one goal this season. Waltz had one assist and Koerwitz had two assists for the Rams. Other players having assists were Aaron Parkin (2), a junior from Wales, England; and Tim Lavoie had one assist for the team. Lavoie, also helped coach the Rams this season, he is also a senior.