Reinwald takes over as MCHS soccer coach

Kneeling, from left: Joseph Pugh, Sam Crockett, Cameron McManus, Bennett Neeley, Kaleb Rodriguez, Jak Kowalczik, Alex Mescher, Blake Cummins, Mason Westbrooks and Kaleb Greer. Standing, from left: Coach Kyle Reinwald, Reese Farmer, Hayden Lloyd, Noah Elliott, Emilio Bautista, Reid Martin, Eli Henry, Jake Miller, Eli Quint, Jamison Goddard, JJ Sweatt, Lex Henderson, Eli Kester and Drew Castleman.

For those of us who watched Kyle Reinwald's playing career at Massac County, it is no surprise that he would eventually become a coach. And probably a darned good one to boot.

Well, part of that has happened as Reinwald is now the new Patriot boys' soccer coach. The darned good part? Let's wait and see. If he can successfully impart the game awareness and determination to his boys that he displayed, he's well on his way to that elusive second part. Reinwald has a limited number of seniors to build upon but he likes what he does have.

Seniors: goalie Drew Castleman, forward Sam Crockett and defenders Cameron McManus and Eli Kester give Reinwald a small but solid core. A decent number of returning underclassmen, some with varsity experience, give Reinwald hope that this team may be able to stir things up a little come regional tournament time.

Reinwald says this year is a great chance for his seniors to become leaders and to show the younger players how to compete and win.

"Overall we should be an exciting team this year and for the coming years as we expand and grow the Patriot brand of soccer." The Pats opened their season Monday at Carterville losing to the Lions in the rain. Reinwald was disappointed with the 3-0 loss but saw a lot of positives in the effort.

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