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Thunder Soccer Looking Towards New Beginnings

Manhattan, Kan.


Joe Lopez is heading into his first year as the head coach of both the men and women’s soccer teams. Bringing a new energy and excitement to the squads where they look to start the season off strong when they both open play at Spurgeon College August 26. 

After a year off, the women’s soccer team has a new joy and hope for the future. Adding new faces, the ladies will rely on returning leadership from seniors Faith Blecha and Savannah Farney as well as junior Hannah Chaon. Manhattan Christian will play a 10-game season, where they will look to build confidence within each other and as a team.  

“We have such a great group of girls. It’s incredible how close they have gotten in such a short amount of time. Everyone is so selfless and encouraging, it’s a great environment. I’m excited for this group to be on the field together for their first game,” commented coach Lopez.

Coming off a trip to Nationals last season, the men’s soccer team brought back 5 returners. Super senior Dakota Fox comes back in a new role, senior Corey Bates is returning after sitting out most of last year with an injury and junior Jonathan Moon is bringing tons of experience and leadership to the squad. After going undefended in the Midwest Christian College Conference, the Thunder are excited to learn a new system and see what this new era brings to the program. 

“It’s awesome seeing our guys get excited about the new system we’re implementing, everyone has bought in. I’m most impressed with this roster’s attention to detail. We all obsess over getting every detail correct. Our game at Spurgeon will give us the opportunity to finally put our system into play,” stated Lopez.

The men open up at home September 2, while the ladies first home game will be October 4. All home games are played at Frank Anneberg Park and you can purchase home game tickets on our website.