Spring Soccer

By Thomas Yonke
Sports Editor


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s people passing Regents Field (“the turf”) early in the morning or late in the afternoon may have recently noticed, there has been a semi-large group of boys playing soccer. Soccer at Mercersburg Academy is not a spring sport; however, there has been a recent push by the new varsity boys soccer coach Carl Stensland, as well as many players schoolwide, to change this.
Stensland wrote in his message to the boys soccer players, “I’m happy to announce that after working with local clubs and our athletic administration, we’ve been able to schedule two home friendlys this spring.”
The match will be against Cumberland County 2001s and the second will be against the Harrisburg Islander’s U-20 team. The game against Cumberland Country will be held Sunday, May 14 at 1pm on the turf, and the game against the Harrisburg Islanders will be held on Sunday, May 21 at 1pm, also on the turf.
The boy’s soccer team has been thrilled with these developments, and as a result has been holding practices twice a week on the turf.
Benji Cantera ’18 who served as the captain of the JV soccer team last fall stated that “The spring soccer idea is a really good idea for the Mercersburg soccer program because it allows a lot of the JV and underclassmen players in the program to continue to improve their skills throughout the spring.”
Sam Morgan ’19 who played left wing for the varsity team said that “Although this does not count as a PGA, there are about 15 to 20 guys coming consistently every week. We are pumped for our first match against Cumberland County.”
With this excitement has also come a sense of appreciation for the effort Stensland has put into making the friendlys happen. Riley Veiner ’18 commented, “It was really impressive that Mr. Stensland was able to organize actual games for us to play during the spring term with other teams. His initiative to improve the soccer program here and continue it throughout the year means a lot to all of us and I think it will be very beneficial for the team in the seasons to come.”
Colin Klaff ’18, who has been playing for the varsity team since tenth grade, shared similar sentiments. “I am really happy and thankful that as a team we can practice with each other again and even give some of the JV players a chance and see what they can do.”
So far the boys have acted on their excitement and appreciation by consistently showing up to their practices organized by Stensland, and they are looking for this work to pay off later this spring in their matches.

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