2016 Johns Hopkins Men's Soccer Season Preview
BALTIMORE, MD - The Johns Hopkins men's soccer team opens its season on Thursday, September 1 as the Blue Jays make the short trip to Towson to take on the Goucher Gophers. Head coach Craig Appleby enters his ninth season with the Blue Jays and will look to his captains, senior Victor Osio and junior Mike Swiercz, to lead the way.
Hopkins lost a wealth of experience as it graduated seven seniors from last year's squad, five of those who started on defense. A young team, the Blue Jays are learning and could have some growing pains this season. There's a good attitude around the team, and as the Jays progress, they should prove to be a formidable opponent.
OH CAPTAIN, MY CAPTAIN
Osio and Swiercz will captain the Blue Jays in 2016. Osio has played in 46 games in his career, including 23 starts, and finished the season tied for third in goals (3) a year ago. He tied for the team lead in assists (3) and tied for second in points (9). Swiercz also has 23 starts under his belt in his first two seasons and was named a First Team CoSIDA Academic All-District selection in 2015.
WELCOME TO HOMEWOOD
Appleby welcomes eight newcomers to Homewood this fall. Joining the Blue Jays are Zach Epstein, Connor Jacobs, Nathan Keeney, Matthew MacFarquhar, Liam Moylan, Lukas Seebacher, Brent Thomas and Achim Younker.
Osio, senior Samy Ramadane and sophomore Hayden Helm return to anchor the forward line for the Blue Jays. Ramadane, who played in just 10 games last season due to injury, scored a team-high six goals and 15 points. He also earned Second Team All-Centennial Conference honors. Osio and Ramadane finished tied for the team lead in assists. Helm saw action in 11 games, including a pair of starts, and tallied three points in his rookie season. MacFarquhar should see time up top in his rookie season. Younker and Moylan could get time up top or in the midfield this season.
IN THE MIDFIELD
Returning in the midfield are Swiercz, sophomore Cole Rosenberger and junior Drew Collins. Swiercz started 12 games last season and played in all 19, while Collins started 11 games and chipped in two goals and five points. Rosenberger started every game as a rookie and tied for the team lead in assists He also tied for second in points (9) and third in goals (3).
Sophomores Arden Chew, Sebastian Salathe, Max Song and Gerrit Church showed solid growth at the end of last season and had strong springs. Chew, who played in 12 games last season and chipped in four points, could also see time in the back. Song played in 13 games while Church played in 13 games and totaled three points. Salathe returns after seeing action in 10 games, including one start, as a freshman.
Junior Jonah Muniz returns as the Blue Jays most experienced defender, as he has 31 starts to his name in his first two seasons. Senior Matt Williams and junior Eric Herbert also bring experience to the back line. Williams, who also earned CoSIDA Academic All-District, started six games for the Blue Jays, while Herbert started six of the final eight games of 2015, and scored his first career goal in the win at Washington College.
Jacobs, Thomas, Epstein and Keeney will look to fill in on defense in the spots left empty by graduation. Senior Lukas Seebacher will also see time in the back in his first year with the Blue Jays. With so much youth in the back, it will take time to build that cohesive unit that Hopkins will need to compete at the highest level.
IN THE GOAL
Senior Bryan See returns after playing nearly every minute in goal last season. In his first year with the Blue Jays, See played nearly 1,800 minutes and finished with a 1.21 goals against average with a .776 save percentage. He also posted 11 wins and five shutouts, including a shutout streak of 374 minutes early in the season. Sophomore Jeremy Ratcliff, who did not see any time last season, will back up See in 2016.