By Charlie Hayes/Vanessa Martinez
The William Penn men’s soccer program saw an extreme makeover this offseason, one that has led to winning on the field.
The Statesmen inked a new head coach, Jaymee Highcock, as well as brining on over a dozen new recruits.
“The team this year is more organized and better disciplined since last year, I’m excited to see how far these boys can go because it feels like everyone is finally on the same page,” said second year graduate assistant Daniel Mohsen.
Last year was another average year for the Statesmen soccer team as it finished with a 7-7-4 record. However this season the Statesmen are proving they are anything but average, as they are only one win away from matching the seven-win total, in only ten games. The Statesmen currently hold a 6-3-1 record.
New addition, Highcock, has brought an elevated level of play to the team, one that was present when the Statesmen pulled off an upset and beat school rivals, and number 25 in the nation, Grand View University 1-0. This win marked only the second time in school history that the Statesmen walked away from the matchup with a win, the previous win came over a decade ago.
The historic victory was earned off the foot of freshman Brad Jackson and the shutout was also completed by another freshman Max Stamer who tallied four saves in the contest. Highcock had this to say regarding the historic upset, “This is a fantastic result and a great performance. The guys really wanted the win and they, especially the seniors, fully deserved it. Every player did their job and executed the game plan correctly. I am very proud of our team. It is now time to prepare for Avila. Go Statesmen!”
Following Highcock’s direction the team successfully followed up the big win when they defeated Avila 2-1. Highcock, who is not easily impressed, had this to say regarding the conference win, “he team had to dig deep to earn the win; all conference games are hard, but they worked hard to deserve this victory. There are still lots of things to work on, but it is another positive step in the right direction.”
The surging Statesmen will look to stay perfect in the Heart of American Conference as they take the field September 30 to face Graceland University