|2003 Season Outlook||August 2003|
The 2003 edition of the men's soccer team enters the season with three winning seasons out of the last four. With five seniors graduating, the Cardinals are definitely looking to the underclassmen for scoring production and defense. With a challenging beginning to the season as well as continued competition from the Capital Athletic Conference, the Cardinals have their work cut out for them. However, they definitely anticipate the challenge.
Graduating from last year's squad includes some of Catholic's all-time soccer greats. Included in that group is CUA's Harris Cup winner Michael Corrigan, awarded to the school's scholar, athlete and gentleman. In addition, the team loses two time All-South Region goalie Todd Magin as well as outstanding players Curt Cannon, Colin Burke, and Adam Kuemmel.
In the defensive end, the team will be returning three out of five defensive players. Included in that group is junior sweeper John Schwarz and sophomore stopper Stephen Raab. Joining them in the defense will be junior Kevin Jackson and sophomore Matt Brideau. Competing for the keeper position will be several new players. Included in that group is sophomore transfer Evan Phillips, and freshmen Ryan Petyak and Josh Lauer. Coach Racek is confident that these outstanding newcomers can contribute immediately.
In the midfield, the Cardinals return captain Keith Cappo, the team's second leading scorer, for his fourth year of eligibility. He will anchor the midfield with junior Dan Finn, junior Dan Kane and senior co-captain Pat Hennessy, a solid three-year starter who the team will depend on for offense and defense. There is expected to be some competition for midfield positions this fall as most of the incoming freshmen are midfielders.
Among the strikers, Coach Racek is counting on sophomore Cameron Bassiri to continue his scoring ways. After leading the squad with nine goals, Cameron is poised for a breakout year. Joining him will be several players competing for playing time, including sophomore Michael Timmermans, senior Andrew D'Agostino and sophomore Miguel Jarquin-Moreland.
The 2003 schedule is a traditionally challenging one, pitting the Cardinals against CAC foes Mary Washington, Salisbury University and York College. In addition, the team will be facing off against regional non-conference opponents Washington College, Washington and Lee, and Shenandoah.