Madonna men’s soccer better from ‘A to Z’

Madonna men’s soccer better from ‘A to Z’


Madonna men’s soccer better from ‘A to Z’


Second-year Madonna University men’s soccer coach Mark Zathey is beginning to put the pieces in place to make a run at a Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference title.

The Crusaders are coming off an 8-6-4 season, including a 5-2-3 record (third place) in the WHAC.

Madonna ended 2013with a 2-1 loss to No. 19-ranked Davenport in the conference semifinals as four starters were lost to graduation, including All-WHAC midfielder David Edwardson, who finished with six goals and four assists.

“I think we’re a better team, I think we should be more competitive,” Zathey said. “I think the conference should be stronger, so I’m not sure how our results will be affected. We certainly suffered a loss with David Edwardson to graduation. The kid that we brought in, who is a Brazilian, is ineligible, so we don’t have the answer that we thought we were going to have.

“Having said that, everyone else on the field we’re just as good or better. So it will be an issue. Are we stronger in the sum of all parts versus relying heavily on Dave all year? I think we’ll be more dangerous in the attack. Last year we outshot everybody we played except Davenport in the regular season. We really, really struggled to score goals and got caught on a couple of counter attacks pushing players up to score goals.”

Six of those players started in the Davenport match should continue to make an impact led by senior forward-midfielder Ryan Williams (Auburn Hills Avondale), who had a team-best six goals and six assists, along senior defender-midfielder Nick Peper (Northville), who made honorable mention All-WHAC.

Also returning is sophomore goalkeeper Marcel Schmid (Stuttgart, Germany), senior defender-midfielder Nichole LaRocca (Chippewa Valley), junior defender-midfielder Colin Wilden (Rochester Stoney Creek) and senior midfielder Luis Gomez (Mexico City, Mexico/Schoolcraft College).

Sophomore forward Amadou Cisse (Conakry, Guinea/Willow Run), an honorable mention All-WHAC selection who contributed a team-best nine assists, also returns along with senior midfielder Jose Viloria (Caracas, Venezuela/Schoolcraft) and back-up goalkeeper John Boudreau (Livonia Stevenson).

Junior redshirt James Robinson III (Flushing/Jackson CC) will also help at outside back, while senior forward Doug Beason (Northville/Schoolcraft), who played for MU in 2012, should lend a big hand up top.

Two Brazilians could also factor in heavily including Reinaldo Caetano, a 28-year-old senior striker who transferred from the University of Windsor, along with freshman Yago Pires, an outside back.

Zathey also signed four freshman including midfielder Ryan Schifano (Stevenson), defender Hayden Steinman (Livonia Franklin), forward Strahinjo Ljubevic (Farmington Hills/Walled Lake Central) and goalkeeper Jeff Wielczopolski (Windsor, Ont. Holy Names).

They are joined by junior college transfer Tom Ashmore (Farmington Hills/Schoolcraft).

Rounding out the squad are two freshman from Kenya – defender Douglas Ogolla and striker Ludvick Asigo, the latter whom will be a dual-sport athlete who will also run cross country for MU.

“I think we’ll be a more balanced team,” said Zathey, whose team opens its season Friday night at Cardinal Stritch (Wis.). “I don’t think we’ll have any elite players, give the ball to one person and rely on. I think we’re going to be pretty diverse and balanced as a team. We’re a lot further ahead now than we were at this time last year that’s for sure.”






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