The Cadets have adjusted their style of play to suit the returning players’ skill sets and hope to take advantage of those assets.
“This year we have done some restructuring and really focused on speed of play as well as continuing to sharpen technical and tactical play both on and off the ball,” Faulkner said. “We now have the depth of roster to accommodate all areas across the field.”
Cascade has the most players its had in the history of the program (29), building camaraderie and some old fashioned competition. One group of Cadets has led the charge for Faulkner.
“My upperclassmen have really taken ownership of the team and want to push and develop the younger guys, so I really do believe we will see a new Cascade squad come season opener,” he said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my guys.”
Seniors, Hayden Suter and Taylor Wilson, along with junior Cameron Cooper will captain the Cadets this season.
“All have shown great ability both on and off the field, and I know that I can count on them to give their best,” Faulkner said. “Suter has developed into a very accomplished player.”
Aiding Suter on the offensive attack will be sophomore Jeff Norris, who Faulkner called a “head turner.” Also forcing the ball towards the net from his wing position will be senior Kyle Harbison.
Returning to anchor the defensive side of the pitch will be sophomore goalkeeper Josh Masner, who was forced into action last year by a teammate’s injury. Masner utilized that opportunity and should be better for it.
“He had to step up in a very crucial part of the season for us,” Faulkner said. “There was a definite learning curve, but after a couple games under his belt he found his confidence and came up with some big games for us.”