TC Soccer Preview


Troy Christian

TROY — Last season, Troy Christian won a Metro Buckeye Conference title, sharing it with eventual Division III state runner-up Dayton Christian, and won a third straight district title.

And with what the Eagles bring back this season, those expectations haven’t lessened.

“We look to win the MBC as we did last year, and we also look to continue to be ranked in the top five in the state and compete at the highest level in D-III,” said Troy Christian coach Ryan Zeman as he enters his 11th year with the team. “We would also love to be playing in November. We are currently on a three-time district champs streak and would love a fourth.”

Troy Christian certainly has the punch up front to do it, led by All-Ohio athlete Jalen Hudgins and All-MBC athlete Connor Peters. The two top scorers on the team last year, Hudgins had 27 goals and nine assists and Peters had 12 goals and 19 assists. Also back is four-year starter Tripp Schulte and fellow seniors Preston Lair and A.J. Warden.

The Eagles did lose three all-conference midfielders, but sophomore Nate Kephart and freshmen Josh Brubaker and Evan Murphy will look to soften that blow. They also graduated four-year starter Jackson Kremer in the goal, but freshman Tanner Conklin will start this season with Lair backing him up. And with three of the four starting defenders back — juniors Sam Mathews, Chas Schemmel and Ty Davis — the Eagle defense should be strong once again.