The Maryville men’s soccer team has started the 2015 season strong. Head coach Pepe Fernandez returns to lead the Scots, now in his 27 season. Junior Caleb Lucas gets to begins with his first eligible season as a Scot. A transfer from Berry, he performed very well in spring season. The Scots also have three freshmen that are immediately making impacts. Thomas Whiting, Paul Hopson, and Ian Schomer have all earned starting roles for the 2015 season.
The Scots have had a more than acceptable start to the season with a 5-1 record. The season began by winning the Wilmington classic that was played from September 12-September 13 and have a +11 goal differential. Returning starter, Thomas Palmer, was named USA South Defensive Player of the Week for his efforts in the Maryville Fall Classic held from September 4-September 6.
“It was an honor…and I hope our defense continues to perform well.” Said Palmer.
When asked about his expectations, Palmer confidently stated, “…conference championship! And get to the NCAA tournament.”
The Scots also had two other players receive Player of the Week awards this past weekend in Wilmington. Lucas received the offensive award, with 4 snipes and 1 assist. Goalkeeper, Jon Taylor, received the defensive award with a shutout and recorded eight saves. The Scots then continued on to defeat Sewanee 1-0 on Sept. 15 with a swerving strike from Palmer. The Scots continued rolling Saturday Sept. 19 tying with Methodist 2-2.