After a 4-11-1 record last year, Allen mens soccer head coach Doug Desmarteau has a good feeling heading into the 2018 season.
Were definitely better than last year, Desmarteau said. Weve got a ton of guys who are still kind of sifting through the weeds right now. Were just waiting to see what we really have. We have some good returners in the backline and the mid-field that should help us.
The Red Devils graduated their top scoring threat in Sami Sabrah but their second-leading scorer, Wilmer Canales, returns to help lead a team thats fairly balanced between freshmen and sophomores.
Desmarteau also singled out sophomore Jose Trejo as a guy to look for this season.
(Trejo) will be big for us, Desmarteau said. He kind of directs them out there and keeps our communication going. In addition to him, Wilmer Canales is another one of our better players from last year, he was an All-Region kid. Hes not really a vocal guy but he works hard every time hes out there.
Freshman Roshod Nembhard from Jamaica is one of the freshmen whos jumped out at Desmarteau early on this year and should make a difference this year.
Hes got really good pace and hes really technical, Desmarteau said. He should score a lot of goals for us.
Desmarteau and the Red Devils not only have their eye on an improved record but also are hoping for a return trip to the playoffs. With this group, Desmarteau thinks thats more than possible.
Our goal is always to make the playoffs, Desmarteau said. In the last several years we havent done that but I think this group has the potential to do that and then go from there. As long as we can keep it together and find the chemistry we need, it should be a pretty successful season.
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