Coach Regan enters his 25th
season in charge of the Cardinal Soccer Program. This year should be no
different than years past as Regan expects the Cardinals to be in the hunt for
the Conference title once again.
Head Coach Jim Regan welcomes 7 returning starters from
last year’s team that lost in the WVIAC tournament semi-final and posted a 9-7-3
“We’ve got a talented group of returning players with a
desire for success,” Regan stated. “The Senior players have set a goal of
returning the WVIAC championship to Wheeling.”
The Cardinal defense was one of the toughest in the WVIAC
last fall, allowing only 23 goals. Three starters return from that stellar unit.
Back in goal for the Cardinals is Senior Brandon Regan
(Wheeling, WV/Linsly). Regan led the WVIAC in goals against average last year
with a 1.18 GAA and 4 shutouts. Sophomore Shane Young (Salem, OH/West Branch),
another returning letter winner, will provide cover for Regan in goal, while
Freshmen Elliot Smith (Charleston, WV/Charleston Cath.) and Mark Sappington
(Morgantown, WV/University) will also battle for playing time.
The backline will be anchored by Juniors Hans Moses
(Philadelphia, PA/Roman Catholic) and Tony Trabert (Wheeling, WV/Wheeling Park)
and sophomore Eric Steele (Parkersburg, WV/Parkersburg). Sophomore Jason Smith
(Huntington, WV/Huntington) and a group of newcomers Gary Newson (Bracknell,
UK), Adam Pharo (Bromley, UK), Alex Hilton (Wheeling, WV/ Wheeling Central), and
Stephen Hawthorne (Glasgow, Scotland) will all make serious challenges for
starting positions in the back.
The midfield is where the Cardinals should be the
strongest as they return all four starters from last year’s team. Leading the
returnees is Senior Scott Sinick (Brimfield, OH/Field) who was 2nd team all-WVIAC
last year. Senior forward Kyle Regan (Wheeling, WV/Wheeling Park), a 1st team
all-WVIAC selection last year, will switch to midfield this year. Senior Jared
Hooks (Baden, PA/Ambridge) will provide speed on one flank while Junior Justin
Clark (Wheeling, WV/Wheeling Park) will parole the other flank.
“We have plenty of depth at midfield this season,” Regan
said. Also fighting for time at the various midfield positions are Senior Justin
Harmer (Hermitage, PA/Hickory), Juniors David Martin(Greensburg, PA/Hempfield
Area), and Jon Arlet (Erie, PA/McDowell). Sophomore T.J O’Brien (Pittsburgh,
PA/South Park), Freshmen Luke Gill (Richmond, VA/Benedictine) and Scott
Sabatasso (Pittsburgh, PA/South Park) will also challenge for spots this year.
The Cardinal attack will be lead by Senior Kerdyn Moe (Arouca,
Trinidad/Fatima) and Sophomore Marjan Moro (Pittsburgh, PA/Northgate), while
Juniors Bryan Nesbitt (Ambridge, PA/Ambridge) and Shawn Dunn (East Liverpool,
OH/ East Liverpool) will be expected to contribute in the scoring department
this season. They will face challenge from Freshmen Nic Balzer (Pittsburgh,
PA/Seton La Salle) and Doug Porter (Bushkill, PA/East Strousburg).
Wheeling Jesuit faces another rugged schedule in 2007. The
Cradinals have an early test as they travel to North Carolina over the Labor Day
weekend to face Regionally ranked Mars Hill College and Catawba College. The
WVIAC seems to be wide open with traditional rivals West Virginia Wesleyan
selected as preseason favorites. The Cardinals will also face nationally ranked
Lenoir Rhyne College and last year’s conference champions Salem International