Marquette Senior High School boys soccer team opens season tonight with new head coach

Marquette’s Connor Johnson throws the ball in during the first half of a high school boys soccer game played against Sault Ste. Marie at the Kaufman Sports Complex in Marquette on Oct. 2. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

MARQUETTE — The Marquette Redmen open their high school boys soccer season at Iron Mountain on Thursday hoping not to miss a beat despite having a new head coach after last year’s 14-5-1 season.

The Redmen, who also won the Upper Peninsula Championship, now have Dan Salmon as head coach after the departure of Dan Menze, who has moved out of the area.

“I am excited to be in this position and I look to continue the winning ways of Marquette soccer,” said Salmon, who is a long-time club coach with the Superiorland Soccer Association and has 15 years experience as a soccer coach. “We have a great group of players and coaches looking to keep getting better each and every time we take the field.”

The Redmen return 15 players from last year’s varsity squad, including seven starters.

“Defensively, we’ve got some holes to fill, but we have the guys to do it and I am confident the defense will continue to play at a high level,” Salmon said, adding that he looks for seniors Ben Gostomski and Carter Beres to be the anchors there.

Marquette captain Trevor Salmon, right, fires a low shot toward the net for the first goal of a high school boys soccer game played against Sault Ste. Marie at the Kaufman Sports Complex in Marquette on Oct. 2. Giving chase for the Blue Devils is Denvy McCord. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

“We are very deep on the offensive side, including returning sophomore Max Dawson, who was a bright spot last year,” the coach said.

Joining Dawson on the offensive end are fellow sophomores Nick Asmus and Evan Sysco, as well as newcomer Ezra Pickard. One freshma

n who made the varsity is Ethan Sandstrom.

The junior class includes returners John Weber, Axel Vermaat, Camden Larson, Zane Phillips, Harrison Anthos, Hayden Byma and Nick Lindberg, while newcomers include Enzo Stabile, Owen Goymerac and Michael Poggi. Lewis Goff, Liam Jeevar and Connor Johnson also return as seniors with one newcomer, Brett Wittler.

Salmon says that even though the schedule was changed so more games are closer to home, there will still be lots of good soccer ahead.

Joining Salmon on his coaching staff are assistants Paul Lagrou and Collin Lake.

The season schedule can be found online at https://mqtredmen.com/2020-varsity-boys-soccer-schedule-results/.

Information compiled by Journal Sports Editor Steve Brownlee. His email address is sbrownlee@miningjournal.net.


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