Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 23, 2013

Fall preview Bulldog soccer not looking to rebuild

Even with the loss of their two top goal scorers, rebuilding isn't seen as the likelihood over at St. Anthony.

Entering the season with 13 underclassman on a 19-man roster, coach Scott Demers, sees the Bulldogs being able to compete.

"I don't ever see it as rebuilding," Demers said. "I have players that are playing in their second year ever of soccer and are starting. Every year you come in and take the best athletes, and develop the skills needed."

Coming off a 9-12-1 season a year ago, St. Anthony will have their work cut out for them after losing Nick Nosbisch and Charlie Schultz to graduation.

Nosbisch led the team with 12 goals last season. Schultz had nine goals, but only played the first three weeks of the season before breaking his femur to end his season.

"This season, we hope we have a team real heavy in defense," Demers said. "Last year, we were really heavy in the front side with Charlie and Nick. They really balanced it out on the offensive side."

St. Anthony will have two contributors on the offensive side from last season in seniors Frank Jansen and Ben Hackman. Both scored eight goals last season. The Bulldogs also return starting goalie Zach Tegeler. Zaine Reiss looks to contribute anywhere on the field.

These four seniors will take the field, possibly along with the team's two juniors in Ben Eskar and Thomas Stephens, but the rest of the starting positions are up for grabs.

Demers isn't going to let the team's young roster obscure the fact that St. Anthony can still win with a young team.

"A lot of these players come to train for basketball or another sport to stay in shape," he said. "The primary sport here is basketball. We know that, but we have some great athletes. We don't have a developmental program like East St. Louis or the Champaign schools.

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