ASA Avengers Men's Soccer 2018 Season Review
The ASA Avengers men's soccer team wraps up their 2018 season. This season, the team revamped their entire roster from players to coaches. After men's soccer head coach Mike Grudge retired from the team, the women's soccer head coach, Brett Polow took over the reins. Brett Polow most recently led the women's soccer team to 2nd place in the 2017 National Tournament. The team needed time to get in all of their new pieces and went on a slow start to the season. However, once the team was in place, they went on a 3-0 run to end the season, taking down #7 Monroe College in the NJCAA and #4 University of Maine – Fort Kent in the USCAA. In the 2018 Region XV Championships, they hosted Monroe College again to tie 2-2. Monroe College advanced 5-4 in penalty kick during the game.
The ASA Avengers men's soccer team had a number of players receiving end of season awards.
- Region XV Player of the Year: Deandre Gordon
- All-Region XV Team: Daquan Brown, Fernando Teixeira, Daniel Araujo Batista, Tajae Dennis
Deandre Gordon won the Region XV Player of the Year after scoring 4 goals against regional opponents: Monroe College and Ulster County CC. He is a freshman New York City player who went to Martin Luther King Jr. High School. "Deandre Gordon is a super dynamic player; he's got a lot of speed and a lot of technical ability," said men's soccer head coach Brett Polow. He knows the game of soccer very well and executes. I expect him to become an even more complete player as time goes on and help lead this team to a championship.
Quotables from Men's Soccer Head Coach Brett Polow:
On the team – "I was very proud that every player had the chance to play this season. A lot of our 1st team guys were not with us early on and it gave the reserve guys a chance to play in varsity games. Hopefully the reserve guys can build on that experience going forward."
On the season – "It was a great season and we have some great players but now we need to keep putting the pieces together."
Winning a championship – "To win a championship, it's going to take every single player in the program putting forth the effort every single day. Whether it's a starter or a reserve, every guy has to take the initiative to work a hundred percent every day going forward so we can win the national championship."