In the offseason, College of the Canyons men’s soccer did some “weeding out,” according to coach Philip Marcellin.
“We were a very talented and under motivated group last year in some respects,” Marcellin said. “We’ve kind of cleaned out.”
The Cougars, which feature a host of freshmen, are taking a tougher approach to this season after finishing 8-12-2 overall and 4-5-1 in conference year ago. Marcellin thinks many of the newcomers will be vying for starting positions.
“It’s conceivable that come the end of the season we could be starting eight or nine freshmen in the starting 11,” he said.
The coaching staff, most of which was new last season, took a long, hard look at itself and its performance last season in order to return a sense of grit to the pitch.
“I keep telling them, we have to get our soul back,” said Marcellin.
“Our goal (as coaches) is to make amends for that from a leadership standpoint. Hold them to a higher level of accountability and responsibility than maybe we were doing before.”
A strong midfield is the centerpiece of this year’s team. Guys like Christian Arguello (Saugus grad), Matt Garcia and Tyler Jovel are just a few new players who help create depth at midfield.
Although they haven’t seen game action together, center forward Josh Ausherman is already noticing the midfield’s abilities.
“They are aware of how I am so they find me more often and it helps me perform better overall,” Ausherman, a sophomore, said. “And it helps the team perform better because they’re so aware and they know where everyone else is on the field.”
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