A conference title is definitely in the sights of this year’s Geneseo High School boys’ soccer team and that goal might be a reality says head coach Ian Kline.


A conference title is definitely in the sights of this year’s Geneseo High School boys’ soccer team and that goal might be a reality says head coach Ian Kline.

“Practice is going good and we have 40 to 45 players in the program,” said Kline. “Every day will help determine what we need to do, but I think we have a decent team that will compete for the conference title.”

Coach Kline doesn’t see too many big shoes to fill after the departure of last year’s seniors, but he already has a few players who are willing to step into those roles.

“We have some juniors that have been competing at the varsity level for a few years and the seniors are bringing good leadership and taking on those roles, but it is a work in progress,” said Kline.

“The seniors should be willing to put in the time and effort. They should also take responsibility in helping the younger ones.

“It would be nice to see the juniors continue the progress we have made and for them to work on the type and style of play I want.”

With the potential of a few underclassmen joining the varsity ranks, coach Kline said he just wants them to gain experience, contribute when they get the chance and get ready for next year.

Winning conference and bringing home a regional title, since the Leafs were so close last year, are the two big goals for the team this year and Kline said anything after that would be icing on the cake.

Coach Kline views a strength of this year’s squad will be the central crew of players who have been playing soccer together for years.

“The chemistry should be there and I think we will have a strong team offensively and defensively,” said Kline. “A weakness is just making sure the team is on the same page and that they work together. They need to listen to each other instead of taking it as criticism.”

In the NCIC this year, Kline doesn’t expect anything less from his opponents than the Leafs saw last year.

“We had some pretty good and competitive games last year,” said Kline. “Teams are getting better.”

Last year, the Leafs went 8-10-3 overall. Geneseo won the first round of regionals by defeating Orion-Sherrard, 2-0, but came up short in the regional championship against Alleman, falling 1-0.

Geneseo’s first test of the 2009 season will be a conference showdown with Sterling at 4:30 p.m. Aug. 25 in Geneseo.

“Sterling came in here last year and beat us,” said Kline. “So our guys are ready this year and I am sure it will be a competitive game.”

The Leafs’ keys to success this season will be bringing together the entire team and coming out and playing consistently, said Kline.

“No matter what level we play at we should play above what we should,” said Kline.”