2010 Preview: Men’s Soccer looks forward to challenging schedule

The tradition-rich men’s soccer program at Hesston College kicks off another year with 23 student athletes from eight states and four countries. Winners of 18 regional championships and two national tournament appearances, the Larks begin an 18-game schedule in late August that features opponents from Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska and Wyoming.

Hesston will square off against 12 regional opponents, including a homecoming weekend match with Johnson County Community College (Overland Park, Kan.) at 7 p.m.  Saturday, Sept. 25. On Oct. 12, the Larks welcome Barton County Community College (Great Bend, Kan.,) ranked 10th in pre-season NJCAA polls, to Hesston for a Region VI showdown.

Hesston will travel to the Kansas City area for fall break (Oct. 15 to 18) where the team will participate in a community service project on Saturday, Oct. 16, and play matches on the 15th and 18th.

Returning players on this year’s roster include goalkeeper Perry Andre (Wauseon, Ohio), defenders Carlos Hernandez (Bogota, Columbia), Josh Snyder (Kalona, Iowa) and Mitch Yoder (Kalona, Iowa), forward Hussein Abtidon (Nairobi, Kenya), and midfielders Josiah Hershberger (Richmond, Va.), Masaki Kato (Tokyo, Japan), Andy Miller (Marion, S.D.), Adam Weaver (Hesston, Kan.) and Elliot Wilder (Hesston, Kan.).

New to the program are freshman keeper Michael Darby (Iowa City, Iowa), defenders Danny Goines, Jr. (El Dorado, Kan.), Jesus Guerra (Great Bend, Kan.), Luke Miller (Wichita, Kan.), Daniel Turner (Soldier, Kan.) and Kaleb Westmoland (Hutchinson, Kan.). Freshmen forwards include Kurtis Keating (Chapman, Kan.), Julian Morgan (Junction City, Kan.), John Williams (Wakefield, Kan.). Dustin Cooper (Clearwater, Kan.), Diogo Durante (Bridgewater, Va.), Robby Heydon (Elkhart, Ind.), Jonathan King (Hillsboro, Kan.), Adrian Rosas (Goshen, Ind.) and Tyler Yoder (Bay Port, Mich.) will compete for time at midfield.

“I’m excited about the possibilities that a new season brings,” coach Kurt Hostetler said. “We have a solid core of 10 returning players who know what it takes to compete at this level and a good incoming class who will make an immediate impact.”