New players and coach hope for soccer success

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Evan Halpop

The Madison College soccer team enters the season with a new coach in Sam Ramirez and several first-year players.

Collin Strang, Clarion staff

Sam Ramirez is the new men’s soccer coach for Madison College. He says he is feeling a little pressure now that he is the head coach, but that he’s also a competitive man.

Since this year’s team is mostly freshmen players, it will be a whole new experience for a majority of the team, which includes facing their first collegiate competition. Ramirez said several players this year, played at a good level in high school.

In fact, he said some of the incoming freshman players have more soccer knowledge and experience, than did players who competed last season but aren’t returning.

Ramirez said Matric Kotula, Hernan Lopez, and Ian Murphy are the players he believes will have a greatest impact on the team. He said they have a lot of experience playing soccer and he knows they and the rest of the team, will do a great job this year.

The team itself has really transformed this year. There are great additions to the team and a lot of commitment from both the players and the head coach. The Team, in Coach Ramirez’s point of view, is ready to go. They have been practicing for a long time, and now that the season is ready start, their hard work, and incredible commitment to the team, will give them energy they need to play well in competition.

The WolfPack’s first game was on the road at Waubonsee Community College, Saturday, August 25, at noon. Madison’s first home game is Wednesday, at 4 p.m., against Milwaukee Area Technical College.