ST. BONAVENTURE, N.Y. – The St. Bonaventure men's soccer team will field a hybrid of youth and experience on the forward line in the 2016 season.
"So far, they've been healthy, and that's the most important thing for us," said head coach Kwame Oduro. "They've been through a lot of tough training sessions. As long as they stay healthy, I think every player can potentially help us during the season."
Junior Kieran Toland returns for his third season with the Bonnies, and he had a significant hand in both Bona wins in 2015. Toland, who can also play midfield, scored both goals in a 2-1 victory over NJIT in the season opener on Aug. 28, and he assisted both goals in the Oct. 21 win at George Washington.
Joining Toland will be two other juniors, Kyle Kleckner and Josh Beshaw. Kleckner played in all 19 games in 2015 and started seven. He fired off eight shots and put two on net. Beshaw played in nine games and started three with three shots.
Oduro also spoke of the important role the new members will play in the betterment of the program.
"Last year, we lacked a lot of scoring," said Oduro. "We made sure we brought in kids that can score. We also lacked athleticism. So we brought in a lot of athletes who can play. So, we're hoping with all that combined, we can do better than we did last year."
Freshman Jacob Dyck captioned the undefeated, league champion North Mississauga High School to a spot in the Ontario Cup Finals. While playing for Rush Canada, he led the squad in both goals and assists.
Cole Heilman joins Dyck as the other freshman forward. The native of Bexley, Ohio is the all-time leading scorer at Bexley High School with 67 goals and also holds the all-time record with 65 assists. He helped his club team, the OP Eagles 97 Green, to the 2014 USYSA National Championship finals, an Ohio State Cup championship, and an appearance in the 2016 Midwest Region II finals.
The Bonnies will open up their season at Hartwick on Friday, Aug. 26. The first game at Marra Athletics Complex will be Sunday, Aug. 28 vs. Bucknell at 1 p.m.
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