SM East soccer fans get first looks at team before Friday’s season opener

The C and D squads scrimmaged on the Indian Hills field Tuesday.
The C and D squads scrimmaged on the Indian Hills field Tuesday.

SM East boys soccer fans on Tuesday got a first look at this year’s squads — and they won’t have to wait long for a chance to see the teams in action.

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Coach Jamie Kelly on prepping his team for 2014

Listen to Lancers head coach Jamie Kelly discuss how he’s tried to get his teams to focus on preparing for fresh competition in 2014.

[/pullquote]The varsity, junior varsity, C and D squads played in the heat of the late afternoon sun for more than an hour at the annual Blue/Black Scrimmage on the Indian Hills fields. The varsity team opens its season Friday with a game against rival SM West.

“We’re very happy with the way try outs went,” said head coach Jamie Kelly. “We’ve got a large varsity squad with lots of seniors and juniors. There’s a lot of depth, which is important at the high school level.”

Captains on the varsity team this year are goalkeeper Michael Moedritzer, and midfielders Will Fenimore and Josh Zillner.

“Any time you return guys in the center-mid, that’s a big deal,” he said. “They’ve already shown a lot of leadership over the summer.”

Friday’s game starts at 7 p.m. at the Shawnee Mission Soccer Complex.

Coach Jamie Kelly said he's encouraged his teams to stay focused on this year and not lean on last year's successes.
Coach Jamie Kelly said he’s encouraged his teams to stay focused on this year and not lean on last year’s successes.

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