2018 Men's Soccer Preview

(Photos courtesy of Doug Sampson)
(Photos courtesy of Doug Sampson)

TIFFIN -- A talent-laden senior class will be called upon by third-year head coach Pat Svihlik to help guide the Heidelberg University men's soccer team back to the OAC tournament for the seventh consecutive year.

In goal, Jake Kress returns after a breakout campaign in 2017.  He tallied seven clean sheets and a GAA of 1.33. He had a career high save percentage of .753, going 11-5-1.

Defensively, Kyle Morton, Bryce Zeleznik and Chase Paulson return with the most experience.  The three helped provide a formidable back end in front of Kress.

The midfield is controlled by two-time All-OAC performer Kiki Alvarado, back for his fourth season.  A distributor by nature, Alvarado has 11 career assists. Porus Shroff has shown the ability to fit in many spots in Svihlik's formation.  

Up top, Cory Gilbert (six goals) and Joseph Tallarico (five goals) are the biggest weapons returning to for the Student Princes this year.

THE SCHEDULE:  The 16-match season opens with a pair of games in upstate New York (St. Lawrence and Clarkson) before returning to Hidden Valley for the home opener against Mt. St. Joseph on Sept. 7.  OAC action opens with a home match vs. Wilmington on Sept. 29.

In all, the Student Princes will play eight matches at the Hidden Valley Soccer Complex.

IN THE POLLS:  The Student Princes were picked sixth by the OAC coaches in the league's annual preseason poll with 13 points.  Otterbein was picked as the preseason favorite with 48 points and six first place votes, while John Carroll and Capital each received two first place votes.  

ROSTER BREAKDOWN:  Svihlik looks to start camp with 32 players on the roster.  By position -- three goalkeepers, 12 fullbacks, seven midfielders, and 10 forwards.  By class -- five seniors, four juniors, 11 sophomores, and 12 freshmen. By country/hometown -- USA: Ohio (20), California (3), Michigan (3), Texas (2), North Carolina (1).  INTERNATIONAL: India (1), Spain (1), Norway (1).

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