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Waterloo soccer faces uphill battle

By on August 23, 2012 at 2:10 am

By MARK HODAPP – Sports Editor 

After winning two straight Mississippi Valley division titles, the Waterloo High School boys soccer team will be looking to re-tool and rebuild in 2012.

“It’s going to take a little patience this year,” coach Chad Holden said.

“But the kids are working hard trying to find that right chemistry.”

Holden said his team, which could dress 18 freshmen, will not back down to any team.

“We are going to have a very tough schedule,” the veteran coach said.

The Bulldogs will open their season playing Alton, Belleville West, Belleville East, Peoria Christian, Rochester and Columbia before they begin their always tough conference schedule.

“What better start to a season can you get?” Holden rhetorically asked.

No one could have predicted the Bulldogs’ tough offseason, though.

Waterloo lost Kellin and Kyle Daniel, Daniel Gardner and Keegan Gordon, who are now playing academy soccer with Scott Gallagher.

Waterloo has also had a number of players get injured.

Dan Amann is out indefinitely with a broken foot.

Sam Fannon, who was expected to start the season at full back, was badly injured in a recent car accident.

Cameron Rubemeyer, the brother of WHS soccer player, Chase Rubemeyer, was also hurt in that accident.

“Our thoughts are always with Sam and Cameron,” Holden said.

“And our thoughts and prayers are with all of the families involved. …When it comes to an accident like this, that’s more important, and sports are placed on the backburner.”

Waterloo is returning only one starter from last year’s team in goalie Austin Woodcock, who will miss the first couple of games.

“We are just going to have to work it out,” Holden said. “It’s going to take awhile for this team to gel together.

“In years past, we could see what we had coming back and build off of it. This year we have a lof of talent, but we lack experience.”

Waterloo is returning senior Kendall Candler, who had missed the last two years with season-ending injuries.

Senior midfielders Alex Lewis and Damon Lange, who both got a little playing experience last fall are also returning.

Sophomore midfielder Sean Kirkpatrick and sophomore forward Corey Vogel will also see  extensive playing varsity time this fall as well.

This is not the first time Waterloo faced a rebuilding year like this. Just three years ago, Waterloo faced a similar task, Holden recalled.

To view the Waterloo soccer team preview video, click here.

Two years later, that team finished third in the state Class  2A playoffs.

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.