The 2018 season is long gone, but when you get as close as the Georgia Military College men’s soccer team did to achieving their National Championship dreams — spending three weeks ranked No. 1, seven weeks in the Top 10, winning a Region 17 championship, and being a district finalist — it's hard to not be fired up for another shot at it.
The Bulldogs return All-Region star Alfie Madden who helped control the middle of the field and started many attacks for the Bulldogs' powerful offense last season. Harry Williams and Elias Araya are also back, and their maturity and experience will add some stability to the Bulldog lineup. "These guys will be important to our success," said GMC head coach Dave Sexton, "but it is a complete team that wins games."
With 18 players having moved on to four-year schools, including All-American’s Charlie Brathwaite and Francisco Arias who are now playing the NCAA D1 programs, building a team would seem to be a daunting task, but Coach Sexton has yet again assembled a collection of talent that will hopefully have the Bulldogs knocking on the door again.
This new group of players is led by a pair of internationals, Juan David Herrera Paz from Cali, Columbia who has great speed and is capable of controlling the middle of the field, and Nico Minot who is an attacking threat and skilled distributor of the ball. They will likely be impact players who opponents will take note of right away, but they are not the only ones. Coach Sexton brought in a class of 23 freshmen, many of whom can step in and be contributors.
Slotted in the No. 10 spot in the preseason poll, Coach Sexton had this to say about the upcoming season, "Last year's success saw a lot of firsts for our program and set the bar high. Our preseason effort shows we want to reach this level again, and to do this we will need to recreate the chemistry on and off the field that our players embodied last year."
The Bulldogs’ 2019 schedule is a total of 18 games that includes a trip to perennial power and current No. 5-ranked Eastern Florida as well as a return trip to Daytona State. There is also a home-and-home to end the season with GCAA foe Andrew College. The full schedule is available online at www.gmcbulldogs.com.