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Boys soccer preview: Team’s goals are set

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The Monticello boys soccer team hold high hopes for the 2019-20 season.

The team is coached by head coach Matt McLachlan, assistant coaches Peter Bergquist, Ron Fee, Adam Kounkel, and team managers Jaden Strickland and Lilly Munsterteiger.

There are 17 returning letter winners and of those letter winner, the coach chose Jacob Keller and Brenden Fee to be the season captains.

Jacob Keller so far, has had three goals in the first two games of the season.

Players that the soccer team lost from last year include: Bailey Geyen-Helget, Quinten Bianchi, David Willmert and Noah Lutes.

These players paved the way for these younger players and coach McLachlan said that he is looking forward to how those needs can be met with this years athletes.

“Leadership is always a loss when seniors exit the program,” he said. “The core of some prime positions needs replacing.”

McLachlan is looking to the seniors and captains to fill those positions.

“Our captains and a number of other seniors will, the boys head soccer coach said. “Our juniors will have some solid opportunities to fill these spots as well. We have a number of sophomores who are going to contribute and compete for varsity minutes immediately.”

When it comes to what those players need to do to fill those spots McLachlan said that they will need to compete at their highest level of play. He’s expecting them to, “be the players they are and not the player they are replacing,” and he will adjust whats necessary.

Something that the team agrees they need to work on is communication.

Communication is key.

“Communication and field chatter as a whole; continued development of solid team play, and continued encouragement,” he said.

When asked about the upcoming teams and games that they’ll compete in, coach McLachlan doesn’t shy away from the fact that they have a difficult season ahead.

“We have the most difficult season scheduled in our program history,” he replied. “We are preparing for the playoffs all season and not just the last few games of our regular season. Our nine non-conference games, seven of the schools were voted into the top 10 of class single A for at least one week last year. This season will be a very good test and preparation for us as we head into the playoffs.”

He listed Breck, Holy Family Catholic, Academy of holy angels, Waconia, Mound Westonka and Orono as the upcoming games of competitors.

He said they expect to compete for a conference title as well this season. They won two of the last three and three of the last five titles last season.

As for conference competitors, he will be preparing the team to go up against St. Francis and Chisago Lakes.

Reach Jessie Meyen at jessie.meyen@ecm-inc.com

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