Three All-Americans among nine returning players.
Another coach has joined the team.
By Andrew Hunter
Knightly News Sports Reporter
SUMMERDALE – The Central Penn men’s soccer team finished 7-9 last year, coming in third in the Eastern States Athletic Conference and members of the team hope to improve their record playing at Skyline Sports Complex on City Island in Harrisburg.
Last year’s team had four All-Americans: Jaeger James (1st Team), Jake Phillipe (1st Team), Amson Charleston (2nd Team) and me (Academic All-American). Three will return this fall. James will be playing for University of Pittsburgh Johnstown, to which he transferred.
Brian Osborne will coach the team, again assisted by Chase Foster, and new coach Chris Hartman.
Hartman coached at Dickinson College and Lebanon Valley College, overseeing goalkeepers’ training. He has numerous coaching licenses from the the United Soccer Coaches association and La Liga that will help bring his soccer knowledge to the team.
Osborne is expecting forward Jake Philippe, defensive back Cameron Odom and me, the goalkeeper, to bring experience from our first year in the program to help guide the young guys in the right direction.
“Our goal is to get to the national tournament,” Osborne said. “This is a goal set from the first group of guys we’ve had. But ultimately, our main focus is to establish our program as the premier soccer program in the city of Harrisburg.”
Osborne said the Knights are bringing back six players from last season and nine new players have joined the team.
“We are really excited about the incoming class of freshman who exemplify the culture we are looking to establish,” Osborne said. This recruiting class is highlighted by Dylan Luong, from Hempfield High School, and Oscar Flores, from Fleetwood High School.
Odom has a main goal in mind that many of his teammates share: to bring the first ESAC soccer championship to Central Penn. Other players have stated this same goal – and of making the national tournament.
The Knightly News Media will be covering each home game this season.
Hunter is vice president of The Knightly News.
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Edited by media-club co-adviser and blog editor Professor Michael Lear-Olimpi.