Outlaws recognize soccer seniors
Last updated 10/31/2023 at 10:02am
As the Outlaws boys soccer season came to an end, Coach Jeff Husmann honored his senior players, not only for their play but for building a strong program.
Vincent Christian and Austin Dean were cocaptains this year and both players are four-year starters.
Christian is one of the Outlaws’ most dedicated players. He is their leading scorer with 22 goals and also their assist leader.
“Vince is one of the most dedicated players of the game that I have had the privilege of coaching,” Husmann said. “The maturity he has shown this year is noteworthy. In practices, he is always helping to develop and encourage younger players. He understands the importance of giving back to the program, and his passion and work ethic are contagious.”
Dean is an exceptional athlete, and has been a versatile player for the Outlaws.
“He’s an outstanding human being,” said Husmann. “He’s a scholar in the classroom and on the field. I believe he has played every position on the field, including goalkeeper and doesn’t hesitate when we move him around. He is such a work horse and brings such an energy and work ethic to our team. He’s tough as nails and so very smart. Leading into our game against Creswell, he was studying video of our opponent to put us in the best position to win.”
Husmann had high praise for Carson Bell (three-year varsity player), who he stated is a humble and dedicated player, and commended him on how he has developed as a player and an individual. Hard work, commitment, and humility define him as a player.
“Through patience and dedication, he has quietly become one of the most effective and creative players on our team,” said Husmann. “He has such an innate sense to find and create space on the pitch. He is selfless and often is at the center of our build-up play. He is the kind of player who picks up after practice without being asked. He supports all of his teammates and has been a key part of our success this year. He is a role model of how younger players can develop into an outstanding soccer player.”
Baylor Dyer has been a three-year starter for the Outlaws, and Husmann described him as a unique individual.
“Baylor has many interests and we are so very lucky that he has made soccer a part of who he is,” said Husmann. “His speed, athleticism, and scrappiness have contributed to the toughness of our defense. He is spirited and passionate and always brings this to the pitch. He’s got pretty beaten up these last couple of years, but has learned how to put his mind and body in the right place for games. During warm-ups, he consistently takes time away from the team to sit and meditate. He is mindful of others and stays true to himself. His style of play is a bit unpredictable, but there is a calm demeanor about him. It’s been a pleasure watching his growth of maturity.”
Husmann described Evan Martin, a two-year varsity player, as the glue that holds the team together.
“Evan is loved by his teammates and has grown into a solid outside defender,” said Husmann. “He is among the quickest players on our team. He knows when to be patient and when to challenge for the ball. His soccer IQ has improved tremendously. He takes pride in his position and has learned to navigate feedback from his peers and coaches.”
Logan Ryba joined the Outlaws last year, and Husmann stated he’s courageous, athletic, and balanced as a player.
“Logan’s willingness to step up as goalkeeper contributed to our success this season,” said Husmann. “Logan has worked hard with Coach Roger to become a better keeper. He is an exciting player to watch.”
Dylan Rundle rounds out the seniors, and Husmann told The Nugget he has been committed to the team all through high school.
Husmann said, “Dylan is the consummate teammate, always asking ‘What can I do to help,’ and ‘How can I improve?’ Dylan has a wide range of interests and does a great job balancing them all. We are fortunate he chose soccer among these. He’s humble, genuine, and gracious, and we will all miss Dylan.”
Of the entire bunch, Husmann said, “This group of seniors truly exemplifies the type of commitment and leadership that has allowed this program to grow and establish a strong reputation. They are family and look after each other well beyond the pitch.”