Panthers look to rebound from disappointing ’08 campaign
STANDISH –Standish-Sterling Central boys’ varsity soccer coach Jerry Sergeant will rely on 12 returning letter winners — five of them seniors — to improve on last year’s sub par 6-11-1 record.
“Having ended the 2008 season with a disappointing 6-11-1 record and a NEMC fourth-place finish leaves plenty of room for improvement in the 2009 season,” Sergeant said.
Although disappointed with last year’s record, Sergeant still lost some key seniors to graduation in June, including talented defensemen and forwards.
But he has talent back, including strikers William Stanley and Tanner Trombley, who Sergeant expects will lead the charge on offense at forward. Stanley, who will also see action as a midfielder, is a senior, while Trombley is a junior.
Players charged with getting the ball to Stanley and Trombley for scoring chances will be midfielders Tyler McNew and the Williams brothers, senior Derek and sophomore Dylan. McNew, a sophomore, is also expected to see action on defense, while Dylan Williams will see additional duty at forward.
Defensively, Paul Norgan and John Trombley are expected to lead the charge at the sweeper positions, Norgan on the right side, Trombley on the left. Norgan has plenty of experience as the senior is entering his fourth year on the team. Trombley is also a senior, but new to the defense this season.
The balance of the Panthers’ roster includes seven first-time varsity players, who Sergeant expects to gain valuable experience this season.
The Panthers opened their season Aug. 25 at Gladwin, but the result of that game was not available before deadline.