A staple of the men's soccer program has been the Bears defense and will continue to be this season led by seniors Noah Harper and Greg Burnham and junior Brock Hassett.
The three have combined to start 119 games and helped last years defense allow only 11 goals with a .058 goals against average during the 2017 season.
Sophomore Daniel Taglianetti joins the back four after appearing in 16 games last season, including one start, tallying two assists. Junior Wilson Nichols will also give the defense some needed depth.
The Bears return three goalies for the 2018 season in senior William Bragaw, junior Dakota and sophomore James Morrison. The two upperclassmen have set themselves apart with their experience but all three have played well during the preseason.
"Billy and Dakota both have experience and Duncan (James Morrison) has made good strides during the offseason," commented Parsons. "Early on it has been good with all three of them working hard."
Sliding into a starting role with Palermo-Re will be sophomore Noa Pagatpatan who appeared in all 18 games last season. Pagatpatan and Palermo-Re have different playing styles but will compliment each other well in the middle of the park. Also seeing time off the bench will be junior Nicholas Gibbs who has played well during preseason.
"Pat has a lot of experience under his belt and played all of last season in a similar role," said Parsons. "Noa has an engine and I am excited to see him get forward and take players on."
On the wings, the team will have multiple options with seniors Landon Klopfenstein and Quintin Parsons, junior Taka Lendon and sophomore Seth Anderson. This group combined for two goals and four assists last season and will bring a mix of speed and finesse to the Bears midfield.