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August 24, 2007

 

Fun jaunt for keeper White

College Soccer

Soccer

Greg Wall/contributing photographer
Junior goalie Steve White from Cortland and his LeMoyne College men’s soccer teammates are ready to open the season after  a recent tour of Scotland and England.

By TANEY BEAUMONT
Staff Writer

SYRACUSE — It’s safe to say that Steve White had some interesting experiences this summer.
The Cortland High graduate and current junior at LeMoyne College in Syracuse went on a 10-day tour of Scotland and England earlier this month as a member of the men’s soccer team. The Dolphins won all four games they played on the trip, giving up just one goal. White was the starting goalkeeper, playing two games in their entirety and seeing 60 minutes of action in each of the other two.
“They try to do a trip like that every four or five years,” White said Thursday. “It’s a different way for the team to bond; for a lot of guys, including me, it was the first time they’d been over there, and being with a team, playing games and being together, is a lot different than having double or triple sessions back home.”
LeMoyne started its European slate by beating the Scotland Under-19 Select squad 4-0 Aug. 11, and then beat Leigh RMI by the same score on Aug. 14. A 3-0 victory over Prescot Cables followed on Aug.15, and in the final game, on Aug. 17, the Dolphins beat Barking Abbey 3-1.
“Just being over there,” White said when asked about his personal highlight of the trip. “Everyone lives soccer — they call it football — and we were able to go to a couple of pro games. The supporters are just more enthusiastic and intense; being able to experience that was kind of exciting.”
LeMoyne was to open its season, with White in goal, at noon today against visiting Wilmington College, and hosts Holy Family at 2:30 p.m. Saturday. The Dolphins are coming off an 8-8-3 season last fall (6-6-2 in the Northeast Conference) in which White, playing for the first time after red-shirting as a freshman, started 17 of 18 games. He complied a 1.82 goals-against average and had a .728 save percentage with three shutouts.
“I think this is going to be a good season for us,” White said. “We have a lot of new people in, 10 or 11 between freshmen and transfers, to help out. We were down in numbers at the end of last season because of injuries, and a lot of players graduated. We needed to do a lot of recruiting, and coach (Tom Bonus) did a good job.
“We got off to a real good star last season. but a couple of injuries hurt us and we had a rough slide in the second half. The players that were here two years ago (when LeMoyne won the league championship) are excited to step it up and have another season like 2005. I’m pretty excited about getting started.”