WATERVILLE, Maine – Although they were the youngest team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference a year ago, the Colby College men’s soccer team heads into the 2016 season with optimism and a more experienced team.
Seabrook graduated just three seniors and has only two seniors on this year’s roster. Colby had 19 first-year players on the roster at the start of last year and 15 return this year as sophomores. The Mules also have six newcomers.
The highlight of the season was a shared Colby-Bates-Bowdoin (CBB) title after the Mules won the championship in 2014. Last year's CBB battles were defensive struggles, with all three games finishing in 0-0 ties.
The Mules had many players earn starts on defense thanks to some costly injuries. Colby loses co-captains Dan Vogel and Tim Stanton, who is now an assistant coach for Seabrook, to graduation. However, juniors Chandler Smith (Yarmouth, Maine) and Evan Dwyer (West Chester, Pa.) both had 12 starts or more in back.
The Mules will need more scoring from their forwards and midfielders. Jeffrey Rosenberg (Bethesda, Md.), Lucas Pereira (Hastings-on-Hudson, N.Y.), and Kyle Douglas (Windsor, Conn.) are sophomores and combined for seven goals last year.
Pereira had two goals and two assists to lead all midfielders in scoring. Sophomores Jansen Aoyoma (Narbeth, Pa.), Jefferey Lin (Natick, Mass.), Garrett Dickey (Centennial, Colo.), and Christian Arita (Norwalk, Conn.) also return in the midfield. Tom Shea and Asa Berolzheimer (Hanover, N.H.) are first-year midfielders.