Catching up with men's soccer Coach Doug Fisher

By Greg Colburn, Communications Coordinator

After starting the season with a tie against Valley Forge, the Knights pulled out an exciting 3-2 double-overtime win against Penn State Mont Alto in the 90-degree heat on Saturday.

They won Tuesday by forfeit over Penn State Schuykill, raising their record to 2-0-1. This weekend, the team travels to Virginia to face Patrick Henry.

Coach Doug Fisher reflects on the season so far in an interview with Greg Colburn:

GC: How is the team coming together?

DF: The team unity is extremely strong. Excellent chemistry. I could not be happier in this regard.

GC: You won a double-overtime game in the extreme heat. What does a tough victory like that say about the team?

DF: That recent overtime victory said two key things about our team. One, we never quit. These kids just keep grinding every minute of every match. It demonstrates not only their commitment to winning, but their conditioning as well. The other thing that impressed me is that we have so few substitutes each player must play many minutes. And with so little rest, players were still stepping up and making key plays 100 minutes into the match.

GC: What areas are a focus for improvement?

DF: Our targets for improvement this week include restarts [free kicks, corner kicks, kickoffs, etc.] and passing accuracy. The discipline required on set pieces is critical and an obvious weakness for us thus far. We lack height, as well.

GC: Thoughts on the team’s first road game coming up this weekend?

GC: Patrick Henry is a tough road match. Last year, they were large and fast. They play to their flanks often, so a wide defensive effort will be important. Max Thorpe and Shawn Dohn are excellent outside defenders, and I’m certain they will be ready. I look forward to seeing what we can do in enemy territory.

Upcoming games

The men’s and women’s teams visit Patrick Henry College in Purcellville, Virginia, this Saturday for a doubleheader. Next week, the men travel to Penn State Lehigh Valley on Tuesday, Sept. 11, while the Lady Knights host Clarks Summit at Adams Ricci Park. Game time is 3 p.m.