Coach Tim Wolz is excited about the future of the men's soccer team at St Catharine College and it is noticeable when you speak to him.
"I'm so excited and proud of this team! We finished with the best record in school history and truth be told, there are 3 or 4 other games that we could have won." SCC has a young team, graduating only 4 seniors and many of the games Coach Wolz choose to start 9 freshmen and sophomores to start. First year players Sawyer Abshire (Shelby County HS), Nini Mohamed (Waggener HS), Raymond Mkandama (Waggener HS) and Eddie Nieto (Fern Creek HS) played significant minutes and adjusted to the new environment well. "We have some great freshmen that will have a positive impact on the team. They want to win and will steer this team in the right direction. They are fun to watch train and compete in games."
Losing 2 talented GK to graduation would be a problem for most teams but Coach Wolz was prepared for their graduation when he signed CJ Powell (Male High School), Zack Bailes (Mercer County HS) and Justin Mills (Pleasure Ridge Park HS)."Our three new GK were able to watch two great GK train and compete and I think they are ready to step in and continue their success
." SCC men's soccer team also has a strong core of returners that showed they are willing to learn a new system under first year head coach Tim Wolz. Consistent players such as Thomas Paris, Isaac Blanford, Rex Catron and Jonathan Engstrom will help the freshmen with experience and leadership and Coach Wolz expects a large and talented 2011 recruiting class to add to this already strong core of players. "We are looking to add three international, impact players and 5 or 6 local players to give us depth. We are currently speaking to some very talented English players and some skillful players from Kentucky, Tennessee and Indiana. This could very well be the strongest recruiting class I've had in my 13 years of college coaching."
The men's team had some exciting moments throughout the 2010 season. An overtime win over a Mid South Conference school, West Virginia Tech, where goalkeeper Adam Gilcrist scored the game tying goal with less than 20 seconds to go in regulation was the highest point (SCC won in sudden victory overtime). SCC also defeated NCAA D3 school Spalding University for the first time in school history and narrowly lost to nationally ranked (#11) Cumberlands 2-1 with less than 4 minutes remaining.
Next season will be a real test for the young squad with five nationally ranked teams on the schedule. Coach Wolz states, "We are playing a very tough schedule in 2011 and every game will be a challenge. Just our conference schedule alone is brutal." This season the Mid South Conference ended with 4 of 9 teams being ranked nationally (Rio Grande #1, Lindsey Wilson #5, Cumberlands #11 and Campbellsville #24). Continue checking this web site for announcements of signings and the complete 2011 schedule.