Burch excited about Centre's season

August 29, 2003

Centre College kicks off its season today in Bloomington, Ill., and coach Jeb Burch said he hopes the Colonels' tough schedule will pay off in tournament play.

Burch calls Centre's schedule "one of the toughest schedule in the NCAA Division III this fall."

In addition to playing a full Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference schedule, annually rated the most difficult D-III men's soccer conference in the country according to Burch, the Colonels will also play away games against Washington University and the University of Chicago. Centre starts its season this weekend against Illinois Wesleyan and Millikin.

"I like this schedule for many reasons," Burch said. "These are outstanding teams that figure prominently both in the Central Region rankings and national rankings. Student-athletes come to Centre to play against the best and this schedule certainly presents us with all the challenges we could seek out."

Centre returns almost its entire roster from last year's team, which was ranked as high as No. 10 nationally. Centre averaged over three goals a game and had only a .60 goals against average.


Second team All-American goalkeeper Jacob Sither returns between the pipes. Stan Simek will anchor the defense with senior captain Rhodes Thompson and Todd Davis. Three freshmen are expected to help out - David Horne, Matt Dickson and Wes Crowdis.

But Burch said the strength of the Colonels should be their midfield. Key returnees are David Hewitt, Buddy Aubrey, Brad Borough, Kent Starkweather, Cliff Wright, Michael Secor and David Dautridge. Burch has made changes to showcase this talent and he expects more scoring to come from the midfield.

Trey Janes, Josh Haines, Matt Walksler, Ricky Ross and Kevin Brown will play out wide.

Up top, leading scorer Mike Weckenbrock is returning from a summer injury. Burch is looking to former Danville player Chris Combs as well as Patrick Foley, Pete Milion, Jeff Thornbury and Chas Werner to offer some punch.

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