After enjoying one of their best seasons of 2019, the Jamestown Community College men’s soccer team looked to build on their momentum for the 2020 season. Those plans were halted with the global pandemic.
Almost two years later, the Jayhawks will look to meet those expectations with an almost entirely new squad.
“It was a bit difficult at the start of this season because we are starting pretty much from the start. “ said head coach Pat Anderson. “We have a few returns and a few transfers, but basically we’re starting from scratch. Most of these guys haven’t played in a meaningful soccer game in two years, so they’re going to have to get rid of the rust and get it done fast.
The Jayhawks will be playing a busy road schedule this fall, with 13 road games played on their 18-game schedule. With the busy schedule on the road, Coach Anderson doesn’t care as long as his players have the opportunity to play.
“As long as the student-athletes are able to play, playing on the road doesn’t matter,” Anderson said. “As long as we have the depth, we should be able to handle the timing. One of the perks of having all of those games on the road is the time they will spend together traveling and becoming better teammates and friends.
JCC will open the season this Saturday, September 4th, as they host the No. 7 Mohawk Valley Community College at Vets Park in Salamanca. From there, the Jayhawks will play four straight road games before returning home to face Niagara County Community College on September 19 at Falconer High School.
After playing their next five road games, the Jayhawks will play back-to-back home games against Erie Community College on October 6 and SUNY Broome Community College on October 9 at Falconer High School.
To close the season, JCC will play four of its last five road games. Their only home game will be against Genesee Community College on October 13.
The Jayhawks return two players from the 2019 season to Jesse da Costa (Perth, Western Australia / SEDA) and Ryan Koch (Auckland, New Zealand / Long Bay College), who through some form of veteran leadership have helped to bring the young team.
“It’s really important to have guys like Jesse and Ryan on our team,” Anderson said. “Someone who’s done this before has a vision of where we are now, where we’re trying to go and how we’re going to get there. Having the message coming from these guys gives it a little more credibility. “
Expectations are high for the Jayhawks as Coach Anderson believes this is one of his most talented groups of players.
“It’s hard to find weakness in our team because we are fairly balanced in all areas. “ Anderson said. “We have the talent and the work ethic to win a lot of games this season. Football is a finicky sport, you can be very good but not see the results fall in your favor.
The Jayhawks open the season tonight as they take on No. 7 Mohawk Valley Community College at Vets Park in Salamanca at 8:30 p.m. ET.