Big week for Wesleyan soccer(14-0) with wins over Westchester and Greensboro Day

Posted by Andy Durham on October 2, 2011 at 2:54 pm under High School | 4 Comments to Read

from Michael Lindsay at

HIGH POINT – The Wesleyan Christian boys soccer passed its toughest test so far.

With wins over Westchester Country Day, then No. 1 among state 2A privates schools, on Monday and Greensboro Day, No. 2 among 3A private schools, on Friday, the Trojans have proven they belong with the best.

WCA, now 14-0 and maintaining its No. 1 ranking among 3A private schools, has executed head coach Scott Reitnour’s tactics — allowing for creativity through simplicity – so far. His players control the game well and capitalize when opportunities arise.

“If you play simply, you keep the flow of the game and let the ball do the work and move,” Reitnour explained, following Monday’s game. “You get lots of players involved and your key players touches, then I think that gives kids opportunities to be more creative.”

Particularly adept have been junior midfield Brandt Bronico, senior midfielder Sam McBride, senior forward Cole Manring down the left side and senior midfielder Mitchell Tobon down the right side. Playing outside-in through the wingers has been key.

“When we get our wingers touches, we’re tough to defend because we’re able to pull the defense apart,” Reitnour said, “and we can actually play through the center with Sam and Brandt and some of those guys.”

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  • KIR said,

    Great win for Wesleyan.

    Have been hearing rumors that top level soccer club(Fusion) are not going to allow thier players to play for thier HS teams next year. Any truth to that? If so, we will miss out on seeing some great players next fall.

  • sad said,

    The East Cobb baseball club in Atlanta is pushing for their top players not to play high school baseball. This is a club that has 20 plus showcase teams. Sad to see where some high school sports are headed.

  • SoccerDude said,

    NC Soccer Fusion has no control over that particular decision. The US Soccer Development Academy has mandated a 10-month season for the Academy teams, of which NCSF is a part. The players that wish to continue playing in the Development Academy will be forced to give up high school soccer. That’s reality. They could also quit the Development Academy, join an NCYSA classic soccer team (the type of team that has been known as a “travel soccer team” for the past 25 years), and keep playing high school.

    The USSDA is selling a bill of goods. Kids develop technical ability between the ages of 8 and 12. If the USSDA was serious about developing talent rather than lining the pockets of its administrators, directors of coaching, and coaches with $$$, then it would start Academy teams at the youngest age. As it stands now, they are getting typical American athletes — big, fast, strong, with the soccer touch of elephants. That is no way forward.

  • KIR said,

    Soccer Dude, thx for the scoop. Kids and parents will have a painful choice to make.