The Lock Haven University men’s soccer team was picked to finish 10th in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Coaches’ Poll, but don’t tell that to head coach Doug Moore’s team.
The Bald Eagles are off to a 5-5-1 start, but have gone 4-1 in conference play after dropping the conference opener to Bloomsburg. They season began 1-3-1, but the team has gone on to win four of their last six contests.
Junior Troy Amspacher has spearheaded the offense this season as he leads the team in both goals (5) and assists (2). Amspacher has combined with senior Jacob Oldaker, junior Tyler Weikert and sophomore Gage Rims as the only players to start in every game this season.
Weikert has proven to be the ironman on the team by playing a team-high 1,016 minutes this season.
Perhaps the most impressive part of LHU’s success has been that some of their victories have come against quality opponents. Gannon was picked to finish seventh, Shippensburg was placed ninth, East Stroudsburg was picked 11th and Seton Hill was seeded third in the poll.
Head coach, Doug Moore will have to have his team prepared for a tough finish to the season. The team has two matches against nonconference opponents in West Virginia Wesleyan and Urbana (the alma mater of head football coach Dave Taynor). Sandwiched between those two games is a pivotal matchup under the lights against Mercyhurst, who was selected to finish first in the PSAC Coaches’ Poll. Their remaining games are at West Chester, home against Slippery Rock and then on the road at California (Pa.).