Beacons boys soccer aiming for big jump

Wins have not come in bunches for the Concordia Academy boys soccer team in recent years but 2016 could be time for that to change. The Beacons return a solid crop of players and some new additions should also contribute.

Head coach Tim Foley envisions an increase in victories if the Beacons can avoid the injury bug this fall.

“If we can stay healthy, I like our odds of a better than .500 season and maybe even making a run in the sections,” Foley said.

A year ago, Concordia won three games and the Beacons haven’t finished with a winning record since 2010.

Another thing going in the favor of the Beacons is their schedule, which Foley feels is more equitable for a school the size of Concordia Academy.

“Our schedule this season is much more to our school size,” said Foley. “Last year with opponents such as White Bear Lake and Roseville, we were too small of a program to compete against such large schools.”

Among Concordia’s top returning players are senior tri-captains Nick Oelschlaeger, Charlie Tastad and Dylan Peterson. Oelschlaeger returns after scoring nine goals and adding four assists. Peterson tallied six goals and six assists and Tastad had two goals and six assists.

Junior Braeden Klause is Concordia Academy’s top returning scorer after putting up 14 goals and three assists in 2015. Other returning juniors include Jonathan Boll and Alex Tramm and sophomore keeper Benjamin Boll is also back.

Senior Joel Comfort is out for the team this season after not playing last year. 

“Joel is an outstanding player and I am happy to have him on the roster this season,” said Foley.

Improved ball control is one area where Foley sees his team being better this season. He likes what his midfielders bring in that capacity.

“Our strength this year will be in our midfield,” Foley said. “I expect us to control the ball much better in the middle of the field and have the ability to distribute to our outside players.”

Depth could be an issue, which is why Foley said his team needs to stay healthy in order to see success.

“Our bench will be young this year,” said Foley. “So giving the starters rests will be dependent on several ninth graders stepping up to varsity-level soccer in a hurry.”

Seven of Concordia Academy’s 16 regular-season games are against Tri-Metro Conference foes. The Beacons went 1-6 in conference play last year. Foley expects Fridley, which was strong in 2015 and lost only two seniors to graduation, to be among the teams to beat. He also expects Holy Angels and DeLa-
Salle to contend.

Once the post-season rolls around, Concordia must battle it out in Section 4A. St. Paul Como Park is the defending section champion. Other teams to watch out for include Mahtomedi, Hill-Murray and Mounds Park Academy.

Concordia Academy opens the season next week with three games, starting with a home game against Wellstone International, which is located near Powderhorn Park in Minneapolis, on Aug. 29. The Beacons host Calvin Christian, a high school located in Fridley, on Aug. 30 and Simley on Sept. 1.

The Beacons’ first road game of the season is Sept. 9 at PACT Charter. They open Tri-Metro Conference play on Sept. 13 with a trip to Fridley.

 

Brian Meyers can be reached at bmeyers@lillienews.com or 651-748-7819. Follow him on Twitter @BMeyersNews.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rate this article: 
No votes yet
Comment Here