Mercer Mustangs Excessive Faculty Soccer Preview 2021

MERCER, Pennsylvania (WKBN) – Mercer is aiming for its first winning season since 2013 (9-3). Coach Jeff Lockard is now in his third season as the Mustangs head coach. After two years of steady improvement, Mercer seems to be on the right track for a breakout season with lots of starters returning.

“We look forward to the coming year. The excitement is quite high as only three seniors from last year’s team have been lost and there are a lot of younger players playing, ”said Coach Lockard. “We should have good competition in many places that goes to camp.”

The Mustangs begin on Saturday, August 28th, with a trip to Hermitage to take on Kennedy Catholic. Mercer’s after their fifth win on the first day in a row.

Record 2020: 3-5 (2-5), 3rd place in Region 1 (Class A)
Trainer: Jeff Lockard, Season 3 (7-10)

Mercer’s attack preview
Scoring offense: 14.8 (51st in the range)
Recurring starters: 7
Main returnees: Triston Barr, SR / OL; Colsen Minshull, SR / OL; Ethan Wiley, SR / QB
Loss of keys: Aidan Bright, ATH
Name To Look For: Ethan Wiley, QB

Senior quarterback Ethan Wiley returns to lead the Mustangs offensive. Nathan Haines will lead the football and Dominick Pugh will be flanked in his wide receiver position.

“We want to build on last year by better understanding the offensive,” said Coach Lockard. “We have to get better in the red. We have seven starters coming back and a few others who got game time, so that should help us in those areas. The offensive line game should be a key for us this year with four starters behind us, as they have worked hard over the winter. “

On the offensive, Mercer seems to have some real strength, with four starters returning in both tackles, Seth Sturgin, Colsen Minshull, a security guard Jake Burk, and their senior center Triston Barr.

The Mustangs last averaged over 20 points per game (25.5 ppg) in 2014.

Mercer’s Defense Preview
Scoring Defense: 26.9 (40th in the range)
Recurring starters: 9
Main returnees: Triston Barr, SR / DL; Jake Burk, JR / DL; Nathan Haines, JR / DB; Zack Swartz, SR / LB
Key Losses: Aidan Bright, DB; Austin Carothers, DL
Name To Look For: Zack Swartz, LB

“We have nine starters on this side of the ball,” said Lockard. “So we will rely on this group to play for us.”

The unit again welcomes three starters on each level. Across the board, Mustangs will have Jake Burk, Jesse Watkins and Triston Barr back in the mix. Her linebacker group consists of Donnie Palmer, Jake Badger and Zack Swartz. In secondary school, Dominick Pugh and Nathan Haines will compete as cornerbacks, while Troy Baughman will take on his role as security for the team.

Mercer saw a slight improvement in the score that the defense allowed. In 2019, the Mustangs allowed an average of 29.1 points. Last year they allowed 26.9 points.

2020 Class A Region 1 place in the table
Reynolds – 6-0 (9-1)
West Middlesex – 4-2 (4-3)
Mercer – 2-4 (3-5)
Kennedy Catholic – 0-6 (0-7)

Time schedule
August 28 – at Kennedy Catholic
September 3 – at Farrell’s
September 10 – Reynolds
September 17th – in West Middlesex
September 24 – maple wood
Oct. 1 – in Greenville
October 8 – Seeblick Lake
October 15 – Sharpsvilles
October 22 – Wilmington
October 29th – in Saegertown

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