Strength in numbers could be a theme for the 2011 Kenyon College Lords soccer team. Fresh off a fantastic 2010 campaign, the new-look Lords will try to recover from the loss of ten graduating seniors by unleashing a deep and talented roster of 36 players, 20 of whom belong to the freshman recruiting class.
While the roster may look a bit slanted toward the youthful side, don't be fooled. The Kenyon team returns plenty of firepower, starting with junior J.J. Jemison. The fleet forward scored four goals and assisted on two others last season. Jemison, owner of 11 career goals, returns as the team's top scoring threat. Aiding him in the pursuit of points will be sophomore Edgar Arceo, who played in 16 games as a freshman and netted three goals.
The midfield might be the strongest area of the Lords' 2011 team. Senior Keith Dangarembwa, a three- time All-North Coast Athletic Conference (NCAC) selection, gets back to campus with three career goals and three career assists. He's a crafty player who will be counted on for play-making and leadership. Flanking Dangarembwa in the middle will be sophomores Alistair Flynn and Andrew Parmelee. Even on last season's senior-heavy team, these two found playing time in every game. Flynn scored twice and served up two assists. Parmelee had one assist and, at season's end, was tabbed the 2010 NCAC Newcomer of the Year.
Behind that group sits a defense that will have to undergo some changes, but still sports the likes of senior Dan Toulson, junior Jason Kass, and sophomore Lewis Williams-Gray. A season ago, the Kenyon defense allowed just a dozen goals and pitched 13 shutouts en route to a second-place conference finish, a 15-3-2 overall record, and a run into the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
Of course a season like that would not have been possible without excellent goalkeeping and the Lords are lucky enough to return not one, but two experienced keepers in seniors Tyler Schatz and Jared Kunze. Schatz saw the bulk of the workload in 2010 and responded with a 0.62 goals against average and eight shutouts. Kunze got six starts last season and turned in a 0.59 goals against average.