Senior leadership has first-year Ozaukee coach banking on improved play
The Ozaukee High School boys’ soccer team is banking on experience in pursuit of a winning record this season.
First-year head coach Brad Doro, who takes over after serving as an assistant to former coach John Annis, said the squad’s biggest asset is its 10 seniors.
“They’ve been playing together for a while. They kind of know their habits, where they’re going to be,” Doro said.
Most of the Warriors’ offensive punch will come from seniors Bradd Lemke, Ben Rudolph and Sean Murphy.
Lemke, a forward/midfielder, led the team in scoring last year on his way to All-Central Lakeshore Conference second-team honors. Rudolph, a midfielder/defender, received honorable mention.
Defensively, Doro is having his team use a flat-back three formation instead of a diamond. The formation features a trio of seniors: captain Zach Vogt, Hunter Radtke and Evan Lallensack.
“We’ve got a lot of leadership back there,” Doro said.
Keegan Richards will take over as the starting goalkeeper. He’s a senior in his first season of interscholastic soccer.
The Warriors, who finished 4-17 overall and 2-10 in conference last season, have about 20 players out for soccer. With only a handful of junior-varsity games scheduled, Doro hopes to take advantage of the varsity team’s depth.
“With the competitions for positions out on the field, hopefully that will carry into the games,” he said.
“A lot of players are pushing each other. I’m excited about that.”
Ozaukee’s main goal is to better last year’s record. Doro, who has coached club soccer for a decade and been an assistant girls’ soccer coach for three years, is encouraged by what he’s seen so far.
“Just by judging in practice, it looks the guys are coming in with the attitude they want that winning season,” he said.
This week, the Warriors were scheduled to play a nonconference match Tuesday against Denmark. They will open their conference schedule Aug. 26 with a 4:30 p.m. home game against Howards Grove.
Image information: SEAN MURPHY will be counted on to provide offensive punch for the Ozaukee boys’ soccer team this season. Photo by Sam Arendt