By Todd Peterson
It was a pretty solid 2013 campaign for the Jamestown Community College men's soccer team and head coach Pat Anderson.
Jamestown Community College sophomore Kisun Peters, seen in a game last year, is one of the reasons that head coach Pat Anderson is excited about his forwards.
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The Jamestown Community College men’s soccer team is getting ready for its season opener Wednesday at Cuyahoga CC. Kneeling, from the left, are Kisun Peters, Eric Olson, Peter Dawe, Steele Harvey, Eric Priester, Callum Butler, Ford Reynolds, Josue Campos, Matt Born, David Meekins, Josh Anderson, Austin Schapp and Skyler Schapp. Standing are assistant coach Reid Sturzenbecker, Alejandro Muniz, Zachary Jackson, Jacob Annis, Santiago Martinez, Justin Loverme, Brenton Walker, Jacob Searles, Justin Randall, Tom Fales, Brett Johnson, Nico Buringrud, assistant coach J.J. Bilinski and head coach Pat Anderson.
P-J photo by Scott Kindberg
The Jayhawks finished with a 10-6-3 record in NJCAA Region 3 Division III and made the postseason, winning their first game before falling to Adirondack, 3-0, in the semifinals.
Anderson, who is entering his sixth season as head coach and his assistants, Reid Sturzenbecker and J.J. Bilinski, will be replacing standout players from that team, including high-scoring Gage Bird, Evan Ahlstrom, who was selected as an All-Region player and Nolan Farr, who was an honorable mention All-Region selection.
"It's always tough to replace guys like this," said Anderson. "They contributed a lot to our success."
Thankfully, for Anderson, he will have plenty of talented players returning to the Jayhawks, including three from Australia, who had a significant impact on JCC's squad.
One of those returnees is goalie Brenton Walker.
"He's really a high-quality guy who had to fight through some injuries last season, " said the coach.
Walker will have plenty of competition this time around with freshmen Eric Priester from Southwestern and Justin Randall from Frewsburg.
"We have a lot of confidence in these two guys and I look for a spirited battle," said Anderson
On defense, Southwestern's Justin Loverme is back and he and another Australian, Peter Dawe, were starters most of last year.
Challenging the pair will be another Aussie, freshman Steele Harvey, as well as Maple Grove's David Meekins, Falconer graduate Tommy Fales and brothers Austin Schapp and Skyler Schapp from Randolph. Also in the mix is Salamanca's Ford Reynolds.
Turning to the midfield, Maple Grove's Eric Olson is back and has moved to the outside and he'll be joined by Brett Johnson from Frewsburg and Jacob Searles, also from Australia.
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"All of these players were exceptional last year, so we're looking to fill in around them.
Those looking to earn time on the field will be freshman Zachary Jackson from Randolph, Dunkirk's Alejandro Muniz, Australian newcomer Callum Butler, Josue Campos from Maryland, Pennsylvania native Santiago Martinez and Jacob Annis from Frewsburg.
Anderson is especially excited about his forwards heading into this season.
"This is one of the strongest groups we've ever had," he said.
Sophomore and California native Nico Buringrud is back, along with Salamanca's Kisun Peters and they will be challenged by freshmen Matt Born from Randolph and Jamestown's Josh Anderson.
"They show a lot of promise and I'm encouraged by what we've seen so far," said the coach.
Anderson has a reason to be optimistic about the upcoming season.
"We have four things going for us - good experience, a tremendous work ethic, the kids are very coachable and our biggest asset is our speed," he said. "We've never had more talent here at JCC than this season and I'm hopeful we can be good enough to jump into that top four in Region 3. If we can make it there, we have a chance to become a top 10 team in the nation."
The Jayhawks will get an early test of how good they are when they take on Herkimer Community College at home at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6.
"They are national-title winners and the kingpin in our region," said Anderson.
JCC's season will begin on the road Wednesday when they travel to Cuyahoga CC for a 4 p.m. game. The Jayhawks' first home contest will be Sept. 3 against Lakeland Community College at 4 p.m.
JCC MEN'S SOCCER SCHEDULE
Aug. 27 -at Cuyahoga CC, 4 p.m.
Aug. 30 -at North Country CC, 2 p.m.
Aug. 31 -at Clinton CC, TBA
Sept. 3 - Lakeland CC, 4 p.m.
Sept. 6 - Herkimer CC, 3 p.m.
Sept. 7 - Hudson Valley CC, 2 p.m.
Sept. 10 - at Lorain CCC, 4 p.m.
Sept. 13 - Onondaga CC, 3 p.m.
Sept. 17 - at Mercyhurst North East, 3 p.m.
Sept. 19 - Cayuga CC, 5 p.m.
Sept. 24 - at Finger Lakes CC, 3 p.m.
Sept. 27 - at Corning CC, TBA
Oct. 1 - at Monroe CC, 5 p.m.
Oct. 4 - at Tompkins-Cortland CC, 1 p.m.
Oct. 8 - Genesee CC, 4 p.m.
Oct. 11 - at Niagara County CC, 1 p.m.
Oct. 15 - Erie CC, TBA
Oct. 19 - Medaille College JV, 1 p.m.
Oct 22 - at Roberts Wesleyan JV, 4 p.m.