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'Young' men’s soccer team to take the field for BPC in 2007
2007 BPC Men’s Soccer Team
By Taylor Hereford
BPC Director of Marketing
MOUNT VERNON—With three seniors and one junior returning for the 2007 season, head coach Bill Glass is quick to acknowledge this year’s edition of the Brewton-Parker College men’s soccer team will be young.
Nevertheless, he’s confident the Barons will receive leadership not only from the upperclassmen but a strong group of sophomores as the team prepares to build on the late season success of 2006.
“It was a tough season last year,” said Glass. “The team stuck together, never gave up, and continued to make progress as the season progressed. This year we hope to build on the momentum we established last year, start the season off strong, and finish the season with a winning record.”
In order to improve on last year’s 3-13 record, Glass will look to seniors David Alvara (defender), C. J. Davis (goalkeeper) and Derrick Johnson (midfielder) as well as junior goalkeeper Nick Rodriguez to be the Barons’ main leaders this season.
And even though they may only have one year of college soccer experience under their belt, Glass expects this year’s sophomore class – led by midfielder Mike McDonald – to step up and help lead the team both on and off the field.
“After being redshirted last year, this will be Mike’s first season with us,” said Glass. “He is an explosive player who is capable of breaking the game open at any moment.”
Rounding out this year’s sophomore class are forward Jake Giannini, goalkeeper Mike Gibbs, forward Pedro Hoyos, sweeper Nathan Knight and defender Jesus Enrique Lamberti.
Glass said he is also excited about this year’s ten player freshmen class which includes Donald Abuda, Mike Burgess, Alex Campbell, Phillip Jordan, Horacio Ocampo, Nate Okogie, Anthony Rivera, Carlos Pereyra and Nick Thrower. In addition, Gerard Harewood, from Port of Spain, Trinidad, joins this year’s recruiting class.
“Gerard comes highly recommended and we’re happy to be bringing him on board,” said Glass. “At the same time, I have been highly pleased with the level of play in practice from our freshmen who are local players.”
With leadership to come from a wide variety of players, Glass is expecting the team to improve on its 2006 record. To help meet that expectation, Glass welcomes Carlos Ortiz to the position of student assistant soccer coach.
“There is nothing better than having a familiar face to the college joining the coaching staff,” said Glass. “Carlos was the captain of our men’s team last year. This year he will be helping both the men’s and women’s teams from the sideline.”
The men’s team opened the regular season on the road against Bryan College Aug. 23, losing 6-0. The Barons defeated Freed-Hardeman University Aug. 24, 2-1, and lost to Martin Methodist College Aug. 25, 5-0. The Barons home opener – as well as conference opener – is scheduled for Saturday, Sept. 1 at 2 p.m. against Berry College.
Follow the progress of the men’s soccer team during the 2007 season by visiting the team’s website at www.bpc.edu/athletics/soccer_mens/soccermens.htm.