Kendall booters eye bounce back season

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 29 August 2019 at 9:57 am

Photo by Mike Wertman – Leading Kendall into the upcoming soccer season is this group of senior veterans. In front are Dale Steffen, Mason Kuhn, Brian Shaw, Noah Walzer and Dawson Custer. In back are Brahayan Gonzalez, Noah Rath, Nick Richardson and Jayden Pieniaszek. Missing from the photo is Tristyn Moyer.

With a good group of 11 veterans on hand the Kendall boys varsity soccer squad is looking for a bounce back season after last fall’s 2-15 campaign.

The Eagles veteran contingent includes goalie Mason Kuhn, defenders Jayden Pieniaszek, Noah Rath, Nick Rochardson, Tristyn Moyer and Noah Walzer and midfielders Dawson Custer, Brahayan Gonzalez and Dale Steffen, all seniors along with junior forward Jacob Esposito.

The Eagles are also looking to junior defender Hayden VanDusen and sophomore midfielder Michael McCue.

“I’m pretty excited about this year,” said Coach Rich Esposito. “We’ve got a good core this year and we’re looking to improve. We’ve got the experience we’ve just got to get back to basics and play together as a team.”

Kendall’s graduation losses included goalie Hunter Menze, defender Jon Rath, midfielders Ryan Barrett and Mickey Gardner and forward Nate Warters.

The Eagles will open the Genesee Region League season on September 4 at home against Attica.

September: 4 – Attica, 6:30 p.m.; 10 – Byron-Bergen/Elba, 6:30 p.m.; 14 – at Albion, 10 a.m.; 16 – Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 18 – at Holley, 6:30 p.m.; 20 – at Attica, 4:30 p.m.; 24 – at Byron-Bergen/Elba, 6:30 p.m.; 26 – Pembroke, 6:30 p.m.; 28 – HAC, 2 p.m.; 30 – at Roy-Hart, 6:30 pm.
October: 2 – at Wheatland-Chili, 6:30 p.m.; 4 – Holley, 6:30 p.m.; 10 – at Pembroke, 4:30 p.m.; 12 – at Northstar, 2 p.m.; 15 – at Medina/Lyndonville, 4:30 p.m. at Lyndonville; 17 – Northstar, 4:30 p.m.