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The Muskies lost only two seniors to graduation, and return a young but experienced team ready to build on its recent success. There are no seniors on the roster this year.
"All of our upperclassmen are good guys," said new head coach Tony Pierce. "They are doing a good job at guiding the team. They set the standard of what they want to accomplish."
On the list of expectations this season is getting past the second round in the NAC Tournament and finishing .500 or better. Last season, the Muskies finished sixth in the NAC at 6-5, 8-10-1 overall. The team finished third in program history for goals and assists in one season and posted an impressive 5-3 mark on the road.
"Preparing and being mentally tough for each game is essential for going further in the season," said Pierce. "Exposing our weaknesses early on and correcting them will play in integral part in how much further we can go.
"I think we will be respectful this season. If we can defend properly and shut out other teams, it will give us a chance to win games."
Juniors Adam Benson (
"The guys have been positive in practice and are receptive to my coaching," Pierce said. "They push themselves and each other hard."
The Muskies will start the season in a classic 4-4-2 formation and Pierce sees many players competing for the starting positions.
Competing at the forward position are juniors Troy Eichenberger (
The battle in the midfield is tough with Benson and Koepsell taking the reins. "Benson brings a lot to the table," Pierce said. "He has a great work rate, attitude and vision. He reads the field well and is a major contributor to our offense.
"Koepsell is another one of our strong midfielders. He led the team last year in goals and is a solid athlete."
Also competing in the midfield is junior Danny Spatchek (
"Danny is technically very good, sees the field, sprays the ball around nice," Pierce said. "Killian brings speed and fitness to the midfield. I am excited to see his progress this season. Zubal will definitely get playing time in the center midfield. He's a hard working guy and fits in well with the mix of Adam, Danny and Ben."
Junior Bobby Rublee (
"Bobby does a real nice leading the guys in the back," Pierce said. "He reads our opponents offense well and organizes the defense accordingly."
Freshman Justin Blauert (DePere,
Goalkeeping for the Muskies is sophomore returnee Alex Piekarski (
"Alex has done a great job in goal," Pierce said. "We expect him to make big saves and help organize the defense."
The Muskies open this season on the road Sept. 4 at Martin Luther in