The King’s Men’s Soccer Team Looks to Finish the Season Strong
The 2015 King’s Men’s Soccer team is off to another great start this season with a record of 12 wins, two losses, and one tie.
Over the last few years, the team has been quite successful. In both the 2013, and 2014 seasons, the team has finished with a Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom Championship. By winning this conference, the team received an automatic berth into the NCAA Division III tournament where they lost in the first round both years.
The King’s Men’s Soccer team faced the 8th ranked Eastern Soccer team on Saturday night and recorded a 1-0 victory to capture their biggest win of the season. The lone goal came from junior forward Daniel Lorandini off an assist from junior forward Brian Fenster. It’s the first time King’s has ever beaten a top 10 ranked program, making it the most storied win in King’s Men’s Soccer history.
But the team has already achieved many accomplishments this season. Head Coach Mark Basset received his 100th career win as a head coach, which means a lot to members of the team.
Fenster said it was an honor to be part of the team for that milestone victory.
“He’s a great head coach,” Fenster said. “It was an honor to be a part of his 100th win. We put 100 percent of effort out on the field for him and I think that really reflects on how good a head coach he is.”
Fenster leads the team with three assists, and is tied for the lead with 12 total points, and in goals with fellow Daniel Lorandini. Fenster has been named the Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom “Player of the Week,” while Daniel Lorandini has been named Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom “Offensive Player of the Week.”
This year the King’s Men’s Soccer team is led by a core group of juniors and seniors with a few underclassmen starters and other key players coming off the bench. Junior defenseman Philip Kistner believes it’s a good mix.
“There is no doubt in my mind that we have great chemistry,” Kistner. “There is great camaraderie on and off the field. It’s all love here.”
King’s Men’s Soccer team is currently on pace for more wins than in the previous two seasons when it made the NCAA Division III tournament. Junior Defenseman Steven Lewandowski weighed in on how this year’s team compares to previous seasons’ teams he’s been a part of.
“We are smaller than years past, but we are faster as well,” Lewandowski said. “I really think that it’s causing trouble for more teams this year.”
The men’s soccer team hopes to three-peat as conference champions this year and make it further into the NCAA Division III tournament than the previous two years. For more information on the King’s Men’s Soccer team please visit, http://www.kingscollegeathletics.com/.