Seniors, New Coach Leading Tornados' Soccer To Fast Start – Brevard NC
Last updated 10/5/2016 at 8:54pm
The Brevard College men's soccer team is playing well as it moves into the meat of its final South Atlantic Conference season, but new Head Coach Shigeyoshi (Shug) Shinohara is taking none of the credit for its 6-5-l record.
"This team was created by former coaches Brad Morrison and Juan Mascaro," coach Shinohara said. "I'm getting the credit, but those guys did the recruiting and built the foundation for our success this year."
This is coach Shug's eighth season at BC.
He coached the Tornado women's teams through last season, then switched places with BC Athletic Director and coach Mascaro when the AD assumed the women's coaching slot.
With ten seasoned seniors on a roster of 45, the 2016 Tornados feature an attack based on improved fitness and a more offensive mindset.
"Our fitness level is much improved," coach Shinohara said. "That started with an amped up training program last spring, and it's paying off for us. We're playing a much more attacking brand of soccer.
"Our new turf field means a faster game," the coach continued. "It's good that our guys returned in great shape because the style of soccer that we're playing demands more running than ever. Playing on turf requires both conditioning and solid technical ability. Turf exposes your weaknesses."
The seniors on this year's team are Heath Turner (Kansas City, Mo.); Caleb Hall (Brevard); Ryan McPhillips (Glasgow, Scotland); Camilo Sosa (Shelby, N.C.); Alec Goetti and Gabe Pastrana (Concord, N.C.); Winston Haddock (Mooresville, N.C.); Rhem Stubbs (Huntersville, N.C.); Jordan Brown (Columbus, N.C.) and Shawn Schoenfeld (Fleming Island, Fla.)
"I feel very lucky to have inherited these guys," coach Shug said. "We lost a great one to graduation in Drew Gallowitch, a guy who was the ultimate team player, and who led by example. But these seniors have stepped right up and filled that void, and it's a pleasure to coach them.
"In my estimation," the coach added, "Caleb Hall, from here in Brevard, is the best all-around player to come out of this area since I came here eight years ago."
BC's seniors are supported by talented juniors Ty Stubbs (Huntersville, N.C.); Jesse Omezi (Dartford, England); Gabriel Garcia, (Vinhedo Brazil); Austin Wolfe (Mill Spring, N.C.) and Brevard native Daniel Taylor.
"We're also getting quality playing time from several sophomores," coach Shug said. "Omar Jimenez (Forest City, N.C.), Chris Efencey (Waxhaw, S.C.), and Henrique Joaquim (Jundai, Brazil) are playing like upperclassmen."
Freshmen Cade McCurry (Huntersville, N.C.) and Tyler Nelson (Hope Mills, N.C.) are also playing very well.
"While we're playing better offensive soccer, scoring more goals than opponents, we're playing good defense as well, allowing fewer goals that we did a year ago," coach Shug said.
"I'm happy with our progress this season," he added. "We have great team chemistry. These guys have bought into the idea that, no matter who we play, or what their record might be, we are there to win. Examples are the fact that we beat Mars Hill for the first time in our history, and that we came from behind to beat Anderson 2-1 at their