Thursday, August 25, 2016

Prairie Stars soccer out to score more goals in 2016

With 15 goals in 18 games, the University of Illinois Springfield men's soccer squad was the second-lowest scoring team in the Great Lakes Valley Conference in 2015. That was last year.

“Once we can possess the ball in the final third and be able to be creative with it, we’ll be able to have more shots on goal and more opportunities to score,” UIS senior midfielder Mac Leverenz. “With the quality of players that (UIS coach Adam Hall) has brought in hopefully we can capitalize.”

In the offseason, UIS hired Hall as head coach. The Scotland native previously coached in the GLVC at Saint Joseph’s. He brings a fresh attitude and new style. He has assembled a large roster with lots of new players, including several from the United Kingdom and South America.

“There’s a good buzz around the team,” said UIS junior defender Jack Coombes. “We have healthy competition. The last few years you sort of could pick the starting 11, then not know what you’re going to get from the rest.”

Hall is excited about the depth.

“We have some problems in determining who would be the starting back four,” he said. “There’s at least seven guys who have held their own and shown something we’re excited about. And there are four positions up for grabs.

The story was reported by The State Journal-Register on August 25, 2016.

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