Jordan Kahrhoff, Turret staff writer
Terry Michler ‘65 is in his 44th year as the head soccer coach at CBC High School. Michler played three years on the varsity team at CBC and remembers the players’ desire to win even then.
“The one thing that has stayed consistent in all of those years is a winning tradition and mentality,” said Michler.
That winning tradition is still evident. CBC (11-6-3) has had somewhat of a difficult and frustrating start to the season.
“We started slow but now we’re playing better,” Michler said. “Right now there is a disconnect with how we are playing and the results. We’ve been playing very well but have not been achieving what we desire, which is to win.”
Michler explained that there are many players that have made an impact on the team so far this year, but two Cadets stand out. The first is senior Brendan Fisher. Fisher was a JV player last year and has stepped up into a leadership role on the varsity team this year.
“He puts his nose in it,” Michler said as he described how Fisher plays. “He’s a hardworking player who gives us everything.”
Fisher’s focus may be one reason for his success.
“With this being my last season playing CBC soccer, my mentality has just been to leave everything out on the field each and every game,” Fisher stated. “There are no second chances anymore.”
According to Michler, another player making a great impact is junior midfielder, Niko Karidis, who controls the tempo in which the Cadets have played this year.
Michler pulled up three sophomores from the B Team to help with the season. Sophomores Joey Crawford, Cameron Meyer, and Ryan Gerteisen were the players Michler called up to give the team a little push towards the end of the season.
Gerteisen’s experience on the team has been a little different than the others. He is now able to play alongside his brother, Senior Kurt Gerteisen.
“It’s been a lot of fun and I look forward to soccer every day,” Ryan said. “Michler has taught us to play quick, clean, and simple.”
Ryan said he enjoys playing with his brother, “Playing with my brother has taught me to know what I want to do with the ball before I get it and play strong.”
This year’s team is a little different from years past. The roster for this year’s varsity team has seventeen seniors on it.
“We knew that there was a possibility of this many seniors on the roster,” Michler explained. “Tryouts took two weeks this year and at the end of every look, the senior was the best for the job.”
Michler believes with this many seniors on the roster that it brings a sense of experience to the team.
“There is a sense of urgency and a desire to win because it is their last year here at CBC,” Michler stated.
Next up for the Cadets is Parkway North on October 28.