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Valmeyer soccer a work in progress

By on August 23, 2012 at 2:09 pm
valmeyer High School Soccer 2012

Pictured are members of the Valmeyer soccer team. They are, from left, Michaela Clifton, Corey Gaynor, Brandyn Stuart, Dakota Maus and Quintin Bangle. Back row: Clayton Middleton, Philip Johnson, Hunter Brewer, Ryan Unterseh, Jack Fitzwilliam, Brady Robert, and Mathius Hemenway. (Mark Hodapp photo)

Valmeyer High School boys soccer coach Neil Siburt says that his team is still a work in progress. His Pirates are in dire need of players. Three players have already quit the team, and the Pirates have not even opened their season, yet.

Siburt says he does not even know how he will field a team, much less survive a game if a player gets hurt.

As it stands now, Valmeyer would have only one substitute player. Valmeyer, however, has three players who can play goalie and other positions. Brady Robert, Clayton Middleton and Mathius Hemenway are all expected to see some time in the net, according to the coach. And Siburt says it could be a minute to minute decision, who he plays in goal.

“Obviously, the goalie is the most important position,” he says. “I just have to figure out which one looks better.”

He will also base the decision on how badly his bunch needs a goal. This fall, Dakota Maus will be the Pirates only forward. Last year, Maus played midfield.

“Hopefully, we can get the ball up to him,” Siburt said. “…Ideally, I’d like to play two forwards at the same time.”

Siburt is building the team around his defense, where he plans to start four players. Watch for Jack Fitzwilliam and Hunter Brewer to possibly play there.

The coach also plans to start Fitzwilliam in the midfield, along with Corey Gaynor, Ryan Unterseh, and Hemenway, when he is not playing in the goal.

“We will do what we can this year,” Siburt said. “And we’ll try to keep the games as close as possible.”

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.