Concordia boys soccer looking to rise

It has been five years since the Concordia Academy boys soccer team has finished the season with a winning record or won a playoff game. The Beacons are looking to do both of those things this season.

Concordia returns eight starters from last year's team that went 3-9-4. That gives new head coach Tim Foley a base of players to work with this year.

"We will have experience on our side to start the season," said Foley.

Among the Beacons' returning players are senior co-captains Andrew Erath and Matthew Boll. Foley expects the duo to anchor the defensive corps and provide strong leadership for an overall young team.

Senior Joe Dahl is a returning defensive midfielder and junior Charlie Testad is an attacker with an accurate and strong leg. Testad is also the kicker on Concordia Academy’s football team.

The roster also includes three freshmen who could see significant varsity minutes and possibly even start.

Foley likes the senior leadership that he has seen on the team and is also impressed with the athleticism shown by some of the players. Overall numbers in the program is something that Foley sees as a bit of a problem. Concordia has 26 players for two teams.

"The goal we have placed for ourselves is to finish above .500 at a minimum," said Foley. "We have also set for ourselves a goal of reaching the semifinals of the section playoffs."

Concordia Academy has been relocated to Section 4A for at least the next two seasons. The Minnesota State High School League reclassifies teams every two years and this time around the Beacons and the Academy for Sciences and Agriculture were moved from 5A to 4A.

Mahtomedi is the defending Section 4A champion and Hill-Murray was the No. 2 seed last year. Both of those teams are still in 4A while last season's third (Simley), fourth (St. Paul Humboldt) and fifth (St. Croix Lutheran) seeds all moved to Section 3A.

Concordia Academy and St. Agnes are the only Tri-Metro Conference teams in Section 4A. In 2014, the Beacons were one of five Tri-Metro teams in Section 5A.

Foley expects his team to be able to compete well with most of the teams in the conference this fall. He also said DeLaSalle and Holy Angels are probably the favorites.

Concordia kicks off the season this week with a pair of games, starting with a road game at Roseville on Thursday at 7 p.m. The Beacons play their first home game on Saturday at 1 p.m. against Minneapolis Edison.

—Brian Meyers

2015 Concordia Academy boys soccer schedule

Aug. 27    at Roseville    7 p.m.
Aug. 29    vs. Minneapolis Edison    1 p.m.
Sept. 1    vs. Simley    6 p.m.
Sept. 2    at White Bear Lake    5 p.m.
Sept. 3    vs. Hmong Academy    5 p.m.
Sept. 8    at St. Francis    7 p.m.
Sept. 10    vs. Legacy Christian    6 p.m.
Sept. 15    at St. Croix Lutheran    7 p.m.
Sept. 17    at Brooklyn Center    5 p.m.
Sept. 18    vs. Minneapolis Henry    6 p.m.
Sept. 22    vs. Holy Angels    6 p.m.
Sept. 24    vs. St. Agnes    6 p.m.
Sept. 29    vs. Fridley    6 p.m.
Oct. 1    at Columbia Heights    6 p.m.
Oct. 3    vs. PACT Charter    1 p.m.
Oct. 6    at DeLaSalle    7 p.m.

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