BY DANIELLE COWART, Guest Writer
The University of Michigan-Dearborn Men’s soccer team kicked off their inaugural season as a Varsity program this fall. Although the Wolves have started off their opening season with three losses, Head Coach Mike Hatfield remains optimistic about the rest of the season.
Hatfield founded the University’s club program six years ago. After dedicating countless hours to the program, he was finally about to convert the club team into a Varsity squad. Like a majority of the other Varsity teams on campus, the Wolves will be competing in the Wolverine Hoosier Athletic Conference (WHAC).
The leaders on the 2012 squad are: Sophomore defenseman Nate Szymkowicz, Junior midfielder Michael Tabers, and Junior midfielder Damjan Stamenkovik. As for the Wolves record “Team Chemistry and College level soccer intensity are the 2 main areas that need improvement,” says Hatfield. “These pieces are essential to a winning squad.”
Sophomore forward, Gianni Di Poce said, “We need to come out stronger at the beginning of the games with a higher intensity, before it’s too late to get the result we want.”
Their conference play begins Wednesday, September 26 at 3:00pm against Indiana Institute of Technology. Coach Hatfield has faith in his team. “If we play .500 soccer all season, I will be content. But what I really feel like we can do is finish in the top half of the conference.” The team has high hopes of building the varsity soccer program here at the University of Michigan-Dearborn and to continue getting better as the years go on.
The Wolves will play their first home game on October 2, at 7:00pm at Dearborn High School. Come out and watch our newest varsity squad take on Davenport University.
For more information on Wolves soccer, go to www.gowolves.net.