Young soccer team showing great promise at Hilton Head Christian
By David Shelton
Hilton Head – While taking a few lumps along the way, a young but spirited boys’ soccer team at Hilton Head Christian Academy is building towards a promising future under second-year coach Dylan Curtis.
Curtis has seven first-year starters this spring and the 2-3 record early on has been somewhat expected. The Eagles have played a very difficult early season schedule as Curtis throws his inexperienced team into the competitive fire.
But, this season is not so much about wins and losses as it is preparing a team that starts four sophomores, a freshman and an eighth-grader for bigger and better things.
“We are looking to build a culture of success here, from the middle school program to the varsity level, and that takes a little time,” said Curtis. “We’re on our way though. I feel like we are laying a very solid foundation for future success. We are learning the game together and doing some wonderful things. We have a lot of promise and potential and we’re only going to get better as we move forward.”
While there are five senior starters on the field this spring, some of those are first-year starters at the position they currently play. One such player is keeper Thomas Gloven, who accepted the challenge of filling a major void left by a graduating player last spring.
Two of the team leaders in the back are seniors CT Davis and Nick Pirozzi, who also changed positions in order to help the defensive backfield.
Working as leaders in the middle are Zach McCutcheon and John Ross Moise. Moise is probably the most experienced club player on the field and has been a solid leader for the younger athletes surrounding him, according to Curtis.
Sophomore Drew Robinson is a first-year starter in the back while sophomore Mac Viljac is starting at outside back. Sophomore Taber Wood starts in the midfield as a first-year starter and Joey Lankowski is a second-year starter at outside midfielder.
Freshman Craig Oliver and eighth-grader Evan Burkner round out the starting lineup this spring.
“We are playing better soccer as we move along so I am very encouraged,” says Curtis. “We are competing and that’s what I look for right now. This team is a great joy to coach and a lot of fun to be around. They love the game and they work hard every day. As a coach, they give me what I ask for in terms of effort and attitude. We just need more time to gel and grow as a program.”