Recently we sat down with Coach Buchanan to discuss Men’s Soccer.
You finished the 2012 campaign 9-9-2. How do you feel about the season overall?
Of course I would have liked to added a couple more to the win total but I think most were fair results. There are games such as the Appalachian where we gave up a two goal lead, and the Finlandia game where we just could not score, but we cannot go back an change them. Instead we can learn from them and understand what we need to do a better job of. I am proud of the effort this team gave. We had players like Nathan Porter and Drake Olsen moving out of their traditional spots to help out on defense because of injuries and I thought the did well and went about it with a good attitude.
This year you will have a good number of seniors. How important will that be to your squad.
It is hard to quantify the importance of these seniors. We graduated three players from the 2012 season, one Andrew Clark was a captain for us and we will miss his leadership. We will have players back for the 2013 season as fifth year seniors which will be invaluable. These guys understand what their last year means and are not taking it for granted. Even though I would have liked to have coached Chris Thompson all four years, having him for a second year as a senior will be important for us on and off the field.
Now, from the Senior players to the new signings and faces that will be or are at Grace already. What can you tell us?
I can tell you that I am happy with the 2013 recruiting class. We have filled some areas we needed. Jonah Stacy and Jared McFarland come with previous college experience. Although they are new to the team, they will be ready for what a college season holds. I have already been impress with the leadership Jonah has displayed. His willingness to be involved and work with players has demonstrated his dedication and leadership in the team. The freshman coming in are very excited, eager, and capable. Evan Przybysz, Brady Zomer, and Vasilij Kuiper are versatile players who can contribute at a number of positions in the midfield and forward areas. Defensively we have addressed the outside back need by adding players with the likes of Michael Moran and Austin Olson. Each of the new players will be a factor in this team.
Lastly, you believe in the family motto for your team. Can you explain what that entails?
Family is one of the main foundations that was important to start this program with when I became head coach here six years ago. It means a great deal and family is what we are. Family includes everyone whether it is a four year starter such as Andrew Clark for example, or a player who only managed one season. It is not something that starts and stops but is ongoing beyond the playing years. We know family is something special and not just said but rather shown with actions. I am very thankful to be able to coach where players want to be a part of it and truly believe in being a family.