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Argus Record - Dustin Fox:

MERCER — Mercer’s captains, Matthew Juergens, Jake Schmid, Brecken Ellis, and Zachary Kroll, have led the Mustangs boys’ soccer team to a 10-0 record so far this season. 

This is the 20th season for the Mercer Mustangs boys soccer team, and they have made it a good one. They’ve collected some impressive statistics, reached some goals, and have climbed their way to a 10-0 record so far. pastedGraphic.pdf

In just 10 games, the Mustangs have outscored their opponents 52-3. And they put 172 shots on goal, while allowing just 25 against them.

Senior captain Zachary Kroll leads the team with 14 goals, and senior captain Matthew Juergens has tallied 11 so far. Zachary’s brother, Nathan, has added nine goals of his own.

Head coach Ryan Hoffman credits a lot of his team’s success to each player’s commitment to soccer.

“Every single person on my roster was playing in the spring outdoor soccer season,” Hoffman said. “They have played together all year, that has been a major factor.”

With that level of determination, the Mustangs have their sights set on another District 10 title. And after winning the District 10 title in 2012 and losing in the championship game last year, the Mustangs want that title again, whether or not they stay perfect throughout the rest of the season.

“We are going to just keep doing what we do,” Juergens said. “We are going to take it one game at a time and keep putting balls in the back of the net.”

Another Mercer captain, Brecken Ellis says that as a team, they are always trying to get to the next level. And so far this year, the Mustangs have been doing just that.

“We are a super skilled team, so we can pass the ball around very well, and we are also good at finishing,” Senior Zach Kroll said. “But our work ethic contributes to our success because we always push ourselves.”

This is Hoffman’s sixth year coaching the boys team, and he has amassed an impressive record of his own. Since he has been at the helm, Hoffman’s teams have won 73 games while only losing 16.

But his is not the only impressive record. pastedGraphic.pdf

In the 20 years since a boys soccer team was established at Mercer, they have won 220 games while losing 119 and tying 29. And they have won two District 10 titles, while coming in as runner-up three times. They have also made an appearance in the district playoffs in 13 of those 20 years.

“We are the only Mercer County team to win a District 10 championship,” Hoffman said.  And Hoffman and his team would like to add another title to that list of accomplishments.  “I think, this year, we are looking forward to the chance to get to that game again,” Ellis said. “And I feel like we have a pretty good shot at it."

There are 10 games left in the season with some tough opponents still to play, but Hoffman is confident his team will play well.

“They are playing at a whole other level,” Hoffman said. “It’s just beautiful to sit back and watch.”

Mercer will celebrate the soccer program’s 20 year history after their home game against Grove City on Oct. 18.