The ‘Jays are looking to improve their play on the pitch as returning boys soccer head coach Tom Searson looks back at the previous season to improve his athletes for the 2023 season.
“We finished strong last year, playing hard consistently in the second half of the season,” said Searson. “I think that the idea of effort and always being willing to compete will carry over to this year. We learned from some of our losses and have made note of what we need to work on for the 2023 season.”
Marshfield finished 10-14 last season, graduating a strong class of Kelby Hyder, Michael Mann, Asher Adams, Joe Harles, and Connor Bixler.
“There are some major shoes to fill,” commented Searson. “I think the returning players are up for that challenge and are ready to show what they can do.”
Among the returnees are seniors Easton Arthur, Ronin Adams, Austin Hoffman, and Issac West.
“Arthur served in the defense last year and really provided a physical presence for us,” said Searson. “I’m looking to him as the anchor of our defense as a center back this year. Adams was a defensive midfielder last year, and brought a lot of experience and leadership to the midfield. West will come to the attacking side of the ball for his senior season. He has good skills, and I look forward to seeing how he can do on the other side of the field. Hoffman will continue as a wing player, but I’m anticipating a larger role for him this year.”
James Greene, a senior, will step up to the varsity squad for his final season.
“James will be moving in on the defensive side this season,” added Searson. “He has improved every season and I think he will have a great senior year.”
Kevin Jones, junior, will see more time on the field this year.
“Jones split time with graduate Joe Harles last year,” Searson said. “He has been very dedicated over the summer and I anticipate him stepping in as a regular season starter this year.”
Issace Baker, sophomore, also returns this season. Baker aims to take up as many varsity minutes as possible with his ability to keep opposing defenses on their toes.
“Baker is a hardworking and tough forward,” commented Searson. “He has a no-quitting attitude and I’m really looking forward to seeing how he progresses his skill over the next three seasons.”
Searson also boasts a strong group of underclassmen looking to make their mark on the field this year. Kannon Cordova will see time on the defensive end to give the ‘Jays some speed on the back line. Ian Admire, Karter Massie, Ival Bateman, and Colton Ragsdale are all sophomores looking to move up in the lineup for the 2023 season.
“Based on what I’ve seen this summer, I feel we have a good group of committed players who will work hard this season to improve,” added Searson. “We will have more speed in more positions which will open up more options on both sides of the field.”
The Bluejays will open their season against Fair Grove on Aug. 26 at home.
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