IN THE NEWS: BOYS SOCCER SQUAD SET UP FOR SUCCESS
By Jarrod Ulrey, THISWEEKSPORTS.COM
Following back-to-back Division III district runner-up finishes, the Worthington Christian boys soccer team isn’t backing down from its typical high expectations.
Helping to make that easier is the attitude 13th-year coach Dan Roads has seen from his players when they’ve not been on the field.
“We got turf (at Worthington Christian) literally (Aug. 20), so (our opening game Aug. 21 at Watterson) was our first time in full 11s,” Roads said. “We had a lot of variables to overcome and we were really mature in how to handle them. I think we’re really strong. We have really good leadership and it’s one of the best teams we’ve had in terms of chemistry. All of the guys are feeling the anxiety of being a pretty strong team that’s learned all the lessons from the past.”
The Warriors, who went 13-2-4 overall last season and shared the MSL-Ohio Division title with eventual state champion Wellington at 4-0-2, started this year 2-0-1.
The top players are senior forward Tyler Kindberg, who was first-team all-league last season, and senior midfielders Trent Wenger and Levi Yoder, who were second-team all-league.
Senior goalie Ethan Kraynak is another key returnee.
Junior forward Cam Broadfoot, who was only eligible for the first half of last season after transferring from Delaware Christian, scored two goals in a 3-1 win over Watterson.
Seniors Will Cain, Scott Ruane and Zach Thomas are returnees who lead the defense.
Rounding out the senior class are Tommy Rettstatt (midfielder) and Noah St. John (defender).
Juniors Tommy Anthony (forward), Caleb Denorme (goalie), Kael Oosterbahn (midfielder) and Grant Woodfin (defender) and sophomore Matthew Yoder (forward) also are returnees.
Others on the team are juniors Adam Dunson (defender), Eli Hoskinson (midfielder) and Caleb Stults (midfielder) and sophomores Will Garinger (goalie), Luke Stimpson (midfielder) and Jaedon Thomas (defender).