Panthers’ new coach hopes for more offense
The Perryville boys’ soccer team’s season ended in a shutout loss to Patterson Mill in last year’s 1A playoffs.
New Panthers head coach Dan Kiesl said that’s exactly where the team needs to improve most this year.
“To be the most successful, we’re going to need to improve our offense in terms of scoring,” he said. “We did well, but we could have done much better.”
Defensively, he wants to see Perryville continue to do just what it has been.
“Our defense has been solid for a couple of years,” Kiesl said. “It should stay that way.”
Kiesl may be in his first season as head coach, but he is as familiar with the Panthers as anyone. He has been the JV coach and an assistant varsity coach for nearly a decade.
“This is my ninth year with the program,” he said. “I’ve seen all of those guys come on through.”
He replaces Keith Prevost, who guided Perryville to seven wins in his only season at the helm.
The team also needs to replace key contributors on the field, including a double-digit goal scorer in Chris Hawley. The Panthers graduated Ben Douty and midfielder Gunther Prevost, who were each named AllCounty last fall.
“We have Nick Roberts, who was a captain last year. He’s been a solid leader this year,” Kiesl said. “Jarrett Bowman is stepping into a leadership role, too.”
He is fortunate enough to be taken over an experienced, veteran team.
“Things are going pretty smoothly. We had a decent turnout of guys and lots of returning players,” Kiesl said. “We actually have 12 seniors returning.”
Follow Sean Grogan on Twitter: @Sean_CecilWhig
Nick Roberts, pictured, is one of 12 seniors on the Perryville boys’ soccer team this fall.