PCT looks to build off last year’s 8-win team

Young, yet skilled and deep. That is how coach Tyler Mensch describes his team that is coming off an 8-12-2 overall season, 5-4-1 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, where it lost in the semifinals.

“We’re going to be able to play 20-22 guys every game at a high level. We’re not going to have any drop-off. Our substitutes are just as good as our first-teamers and that makes things exciting,” the fourth-year coach said. “I’m so excited about this year, on paper I really like what we’re doing and it’s fun to talk about.”

Top players returning from a year ago include sophomore center-midfielder Chris McFarland, junior outside and midfielder Greg Dorsch and senior forward Austin Dowrick, who led the team in scoring.

“Last year, Chris was probably our best player on the field. He has really good vision and is really good on the ball. He’s going to be our main playmaker this year, he’s the guy that we rely on setting up our forwards to score goals,” Mensch said, noting that McFarland also is the team captain.

Most of the other key players will be freshmen, according to the coach, who anticipates starting seven of them.