Skipjacks, 16 strong, ready for soccer season
Chesapeake’s Moulton pulls in big numbers despite late start
WYE MILLS If there is strength in numbers, Chesapeake College’s men’s soccer team will start the 2009 season in a much stronger position than in recent years.
Head coach Mike Moulton has recruited a 16-player roster, including 13 freshmen, at a school that in the past struggled to pull in a dozen players. The achievement is even more impressive since Moulton wasn’t hired until early summer, giving him precious little time to recruit.
"Sixteen players that’s a pretty good number," said Moulton, who previously served as a head coach at Montgomery College Takoma Park and an assistant at Montgomery College Rockville. "I’m really proud of all these kids. They’re good guys and they work hard."
Freshmen Jordan Durner (North Caroline High) and David Hickman (Kent Island High) are in contention for the starting goalie position.
"They both bring various attributes to the position," Moulton said of the goalie contenders. "I’m sort of playing that by ear, but I’m going to have to make a decision pretty soon."
The Skipjacks will start off in a 4-4-2 alignment in front of their goalie, although Moulton said the formation will change depending upon the situation.
"I tend to use a more international system. I go according to the strengths of the soccer players and what we need at the time," he said.
Backs Jake Windsor (North Dorchester High), Patrick Hambleton (St. Michaels High), Josh Plugge (North Caroline High), and Brooks Newport (North Caroline High) are likely starters when the Skipjacks play four backs, but Patrick Welch (Queen Anne’s County High) and Tyler Newport (North Caroline High) will also play on defense. Windsor and Hambleton are two returners from last year’s squad.
Mohamad Dajani (Cambridge-South Dorchester High), Diego Hernandez (Easton High), Ryan Wheat (North Caroline High), Daniel MacFarland (Easton High), and Kyle Simpson (North Caroline High) make up an all-freshman group of midfielders. Dajani, according to Moulton, "really reads the game like a quarterback."
Sophomore striker Michael Turner (St. Michaels High) will be joined up front at various times by Luis Ortega (St. Michaels High) and Jake Williams (Queen Anne’s County High).
"Mike Turner is a big, powerful guy who is great in the air," said Moulton. "Ortega is smaller, but very skilled. He gives us a lot of options."
The Skipjacks open the season with a 4 p.m. match Tuesday afternoon at Anne Arundel Community College.
"I’ve seen a lot of improvement from everyone in the preseason in terms of passing, shooting and defending skills," said Moulton. "I certainly think we will be in most games, and we’re shooting for a winning season."
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