Effingham Daily News, Effingham, IL

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August 23, 2013

Fall preview Bulldog soccer not looking to rebuild

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"They put the time in and develop the skills, and you take the best with what you have. We are very blessed with the athletes that come through."

With the crop they have, the goal for Demers is to develop the players on both the physical side of the game and the mental approach to take on the pitch.

"Our goal is to win every game," Demers said. "They probably won't happen because it's reality. I do want to help develop attitudes, and skills to win on and off the field. If we lose, I want it to be because the team beat us, not because we beat ourselves.

"I always have the goal of making it to the super-sectional. I know it will be a tough season because most (teams) who make it are predominately seniors, and we are a young team."

There are also goals off the field players will live up to.

"We started the winning legacy in 2010," said Demers. "Prior to last year's losing season, the team focused on winning individually. Each player had challenges they wanted to overcome, and they worked on it throughout the season.

"We also want 100% academic eligibility. We have achieved that two straight years now."

St. Anthony takes to the field for the first time Monday, hosting Harrisburg in both team's season openers.

ROSTER

Seniors: Zach Tegeler, Ben Hakman, Frank Jansen, Zaine Reiss

Juniors: Ben Esker, Thomas Stephens

Sophmores: Kyle Hartke, Chandler Martelli, Ian Harris, James Kabbes, Alex Bloemer

Freshmen: Zoe Donovan, Donovan Hammer, Ryan Krueger, Andy Saba, Jon Blanchette, Jackson Willenborg, Mason Thomas, Ty Kinkelaar

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