Janes will provide scoring

September 05, 2003|JILL ERWIN


Staff Writer

Last year Trey Janes was one of a handful of freshmen that contributed to the Centre College men's soccer team.

This year coach Jeb Burch is expecting Janes to become more than just a contributor for the Colonels, who open the home season with the Bob Allen Nissan Classic Saturday and Sunday.

Burch said he thinks Janes will be the leading point-scorer among the outside midfielders, and that scoring punch is something he's been looking for.

"That's something we've not had from the outside mid position for a while is someone with the attitude to score goals," Burch said.


Janes said he also expects big things from the outside this year.

"I think it will be a big change," Janes said. "Last year, the outside mids weren't that effective statistically. Josh Haines is a big threat. I think with the guys we have, our outside mids will have some punch this year. We have a good opportunity to make ourselves known statistically."

Janes made himself known last year, scoring three goals and adding three assists while playing in 16 games.

He didn't start any of them, though, but has moved into a starting spot this year.

The sophomore had an assist on Centre's first goal of the season in a 3-0 win over Illinois Wesleyan last weekend.

"I think my biggest problem last year, along with all the other freshmen, was just inexperience and coming in not knowing what to expect," Janes said. "This year, everybody's got their head on their shoulders and it will be easier for us.

"It was a big, big change. The play was a lot quicker, you have to think a lot faster, and obviously it's much more physical. A lot of us have adapted to that a lot more this year than we did last year."

Janes has also adapted to offseason workouts. Janes said he did a lot of lifting and running, but credited his play with fellow Centre players in an indoor league as helping him the most. He also played in an indoor league when he went home to Pawley's Island, S.C., for the summer break.

Burch raves about the physical changes in Janes, how his body has grown and how the change has affected his play.

"He's physically much stronger," Burch said. "He seems much more confident in what he's doing with the ball.

"He represents what we have to have at Centre. He's a great student, he fits in very well on our campus, he's got a lot of friends and he puts in the time in the offseason to make himself a better player."

With a year of experience under his belt, Janes said this year will come easier. Janes said just knowing better what's going on around him and what's expected of him will make all the difference.

"Something big that you have to work with outside mids on is understanding the runs and the timing of it all," Janes said. "After last year, getting the system down, understanding it and working on it I think makes it one of my strong points right now."

Centre is 1-1, but looking to show improvement in this weekend's Bob Allen Nissan Classic games against Illinois College and Principia. Centre plays Illinois at 3 p.m. The Colonels face Principia Sunday at 3 p.m.

Janes said everything the Colonels do now is focused toward the end of the year and the postseason.

"We need to make it to the NCAA Tournament," Janes said. "That's our number one goal. That's what's in the back of everybody's mind, to get to the NCAA tournament. Once we get there, I think it's all going to fit together after that.

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