2017 Season Recap

Signature Win: As two-time defending Centennial Conference Champions entering the season, Haverford made a huge statement early in the 2017 season when it toppled then-No. 11 Messiah, 2-1, as part of a three-match winning streak to start the 2017 season. The Fords were unbeaten through five contests overall to start the year. That win against Messiah came as the Fords got a pair of goals from Nick Jannelli in each half to take down the traditional national power in what was the team's first win over the Falcons in program history. The victory helped the team climb to as high as No. 8 in Division III in the United Soccer Coaches Poll.

That result earned even more credence following the national tournament as the Falcons went on to capture the NCAA Division III Championship, making Haverford one of just two teams all season to put a blemish on Messiah's record. The Fords, who finished just on the wrong side of the national bubble for entry into the tournament, made their seventh straight Centennial Conference Tournament appearance in as many seasons under head coach Shane Rineer this fall.


Season Notes: Haverford went 10-5-3 on the season with a 5-3-1 record in the Centennial Conference with the strongest strength of schedule in the entire Mid-Atlantic Region … The Fords' senior class concluded its career with a record of 53-19-8, finishing just one win short of tying the school record for most victories by a senior class (set by the Class of 2017 last fall) … Haverford has hosted a Centennial Conference Tournament playoff game during each of the past five seasons … The Fords have advanced to the Centennial Conference Tournament during each of the past seven seasons … Haverford is a combined 31-5-3 on Walton Field over the past four seasons … The team has won 19 straight Centennial Conference regular season home contests and is unbeaten in its past 20 such matches, a streak that dates back to the 2013 season (this year's senior class never experienced a home Centennial Conference regular season loss on Walton Field) … Haverford has earned the NSCAA Team Academic Honor in 18 of the last 20 seasons, including each of the last 12 years.

Looking ahead: With the Fords continuing to assert themselves as one of the top teams at the conference, regional, and national level; a talented senior class once again departs having left its mark on the program. However, as has become commonplace in recent memory, hungry underclassmen are ready to fill the void left by the departing Class of 2018. Ten different players started at least 12 matches this fall and eight of them will return for the 2018 season. This includes a large group from this year's juniors who comprise 11 players in total. The class is in strong position to break the program's record for most wins by a senior class with a successful 2018 campaign. Sophomore Nick Jannelli (team leading 13 goals and four assists) is a returning first-team All-Centennial selection while junior Ben Clark was a second-team All-CC defender. In addition to Clark, Reiss BergerNick John, and Michael Carr have each been three year starters for the Fords heading into their senior seasons.



2017 Season Outlook

The Haverford College men's soccer team has won back-to-back Centennial Conference Championships and three of the past five conference titles. That run of success also includes a trip to the Elite Eight in 2015 and a Round of 32 appearance last fall. Many of those familiar faces have moved on as Haverford graduated 10 players from last year's team. Nevertheless, plenty of experience will be held over as eight of the team's starting XI from the postseason return to this year's roster.

In the midfield is where the Fords have the most experience coming back despite the graduation of 2015 first-team All-American and Varsity Cup recipient Will Corkery '17. Dorian Wirz earned first-team All-Centennial Conference honors last fall. A second-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region pick and one of two Centennial Conference Rookie of the Years on the roster, Wirz started 10 of his 18 appearances in 2016 and tied for the team lead with four assists. He has 30 career starts to his credit. Fellow co-captain Russell Nicholson has started all 57 games he has played in his collegiate career. A second-team All-CC pick, Nicholson has seven goals and five assists during his career.

Junior Michael Carr has been a starter in each of his first two seasons with the Fords. With 43 appearances and 37 starts to his credit, Carr has four career goals to go along with seven assists. Senior John Halifax and junior Max Krieg have been stable options for the Fords in year's past. Both have over 40 appearances to their credit. Aditya Dias adds 12 career appearances to this unit which will be bolstered by first-year players Kevin Kaufman and Ryan Sholes.

Defensively, the Fords graduate Kannerstein Award recipient Maclyn Willigan '17, but have a combined 105 returning starts from their defenders. Juniors Nick John(36 starts), Reiss Berger (26 starts), and Ben Clark (23 starts) make up the bulk of that unit with time in the starting XI during each of their first two years. Junior Alex Clark (28 games played) and senior Chris Richards (34 games played) each have eight starts to their credit. William Edwards, also a senior, has 43 career games played and seven starts. Additionally, sophomore Mac Lyle began last season in the starting lineup while Nicholas Montgomery played in 20 games last season, including one appearance as a starter. Junior Aaron Sterngass joins this unit as do first-year players Zach BrownSykes CargileWill KleinMatthieu Maciejewski, and Brett Mozarsky.

In goal, Haverford lost four-year starter and all-conference performer Sam Miller '17 who tied the school record with 39 career victories. Junior Jeremy Astesanohas appeared in 12 games with eight starts during the past two years. He has yet to be beaten with a 7-0-3 career record as he boasts a 0.73 GAA in 863:05 of career playing time. Sophomore Michael Iacono is the second goalie on the roster. He saw his first career action during the NCAA Tournament win against Merchant Marine and went untested during that time.

Up top, another all-conference loss to graduation will be Tejan Walcott '17. However, the Fords have third-team All-Mid-Atlantic Region forward and co-captain Ben Field, along with reigning Centennial Conference Rookie of the Year Nick Jannelli helping to fill that void. Both second-team All-Centennial Conference selections in 2016, Jannelli led the team with eight goals and 19 points during his breakout rookie campaign as he started 21 games. Field became a full-time starter last fall and finished second on the team with six goals and tied for the team lead with four assists. He has 12 career goals and 11 assists heading into his senior season. Sophomore Peter Baroff scored three goals in his first year at Haverford during 16 games played, including game-winners against Johns Hopkins and Alvernia. Junior Julian Bright has one goal and two assists with 33 appearances in his first two years. Sophomore Rodrigo Zuniga will look for playing time this fall as first years Robert Bramble and Kiran Singh will also look to add to the offensive unit this year.

Haverford has played for the Centennial Conference Championship in five of head coach Shane Rineer's first six seasons as head coach. The Fords have hosted the conference tournament by virtue of the best regular season record in three of the past four years. The Fords have gone a combined 26-4-2 at home during the past three seasons and will have showdowns with preseason No. 6 Franklin & Marshall and No. 11 Messiah on Walton Field to highlight the home slate in 2017.

Men's soccer finished the 2016 season with a 14-3-4 overall record, including an 8-1 mark in Centennial Conference action. Haverford avenged its only conference loss during the past two seasons with a 2-1 victory over Franklin & Marshall in the Centennial Conference Championship on Walton Field. Haverford was a 5-1 winner over Merchant Marine in the first round of the NCAA Tournament last fall before falling in penalty kicks to UMass-Boston. The Fords enter the 2017 season ranked No. 18 in the United Soccer Coaches poll.