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Gibault soccer poised to have a big year: Expectations are high

By on August 23, 2012 at 1:35 pm

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

Like all schools in Illinois, the clocks at Gibault High School run on Central Daylight Time.

But the soccer team?

They’re supposed to be on Coach Reeb time.

“That means be on the field 10 to 15 minutes early and ready to go at 3  p.m.,” he told his players before a recent practice.

“I don’t want you to get here a minute before practice starts.”

This could be a special time  and year for Reeb, and his players.

A second-year coach, Reeb enters this season with high expectations.

The Hawks will have eight starters coming back  from a year ago.

Three or four of the guys that saw a lot of time last year will be stepping off the bench into starting roles this fall.

“I want them to do the best that they can,” Reeb said.

“I am not going to pressure them into saying they need to get to state, but obviously that’s the goal that they have.”

Reaching state is also the goal that Reeb has, but he is  not going to call it an unsuccessful season if they don’t.

“I want them to do the best that they can. I think that state is a realistic expectation for us to have,” he said.

“I think it is achievable and I think that they have worked hard enough to achieve that as well.”

Gibault will be a forced to be reckoned with this fall.

“Our strengths are our overall team, we are very well balanced,” he said.

“We have not too many weaknesses. We don’t have that explosive player that is just going to go out and win us games on his own but we do have a very well-rounded team, a lot of good players and a lot of good positions and that’s probably our biggest strength.”

Gibault also has a good deal of physical size this year.

But one thing the Hawks might lack is depth.

Taylor Enright transferred to O’Fallon Township High School.

Reeb believes his bumch is more mature, though.

“We are older and more experienced,” he said. “That will definitely help us.”

Reeb said the key for the season will be his team’s health.

“I think we have a good core, with a number of quality players,” he said.

“If we can maintain our health, I think the outlook for the season looks very bright.”

Gibault returns two talented forwards in Frank Mantia,  and Mitch Meyer. Dan Kuester is also back for his senior year.

Midfielder Wes Degener and goalie Austin Gregson are also back.

“We really don’t have a weak spot on the field,” Reeb said.

“We have players who know how to play the game.”

But the coach is looking for one player who can take over a game.

Last year, that player was Matt Reinholz, who graduated earlier this spring.

“We have a few candidates for that role,” Reeb said.

“But overall, we are a very balanced team.”

Reeb believes his bunch has the potential to be very good this fall.

“How good, I don’t know,” he said.

“But I do think we are going to be better than we were last year. We are overall just a better team.

“It’s our time.”

To view the Gibault soccer preview video, click here.

Teryn Schaefer

Teryn was born and raised in Waterloo, growing up watching local sports and Mon-Clair baseball. She is a graduate of the University of Missouri Journalism School and loves cheering on her Tigers any chance she gets.