Pan­thers’ new coach hopes for more of­fense

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

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.”

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CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

Nick Roberts, pic­tured, is one of 12 se­niors on the Per­ryville boys’ soc­cer team this fall.

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