Michigan Team Stands between Hawks and Trip to National Championship Tournament
Saturdays game means more than all the games before it, said CSM Mens Soccer Coach Derek Dyson. It is the chance for this team to further engrave their mark on the history of CSM. This will be the biggest game of their careers so far, and as a first-year head coach, for me as well.
Players to watch on Saturday are team captain Dillon Gaffney, from Dublin, Ireland, and Samson Defeugaing, of Waldorf, who have anchored the defense and are integral parts of the offense as well on set pieces. Goalkeeper Dameon Hayden, of Waldorf, has been responsible for making huge saves, none bigger than the two penalty kicks he saved in the shootout in the regional semifinals against Essex, said Dyson. Kyle Toepfer, of Prince Frederick, is the teams utility player working as the pivot between the defense and the offense.
Dedicated during an on-field ceremony Sept.16, the La Plata Campus soccer field is a professional-quality, state-of-the-art playing surface that is now considered among the top soccer fields in the conference.
[CSM President] Dr. Brad Gottfried and Michelle Ruble (CSM director of Student Life and Athletics) have done well to provide a new pitch for us to play on and we owe them some return on investment, Dyson said.
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