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It’s been such a long time

Solon boys playing soccer this spring

SOLON– The last game for the varsity Spartan soccer team was a 1-0 heartbreaker in a substate final at home against Iowa Mennonite.
May 25, 2019.
It’s been almost two years since the team took the field after the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of schools and the cancelation of spring sports in 2020.
Solon could be understandably rusty when it opens the season hosting its own varsity tournament Saturday, April 3. Scrimmages are scheduled for March 25 and March 27, and the Spartans will participate in the Cedar Rapids Prairie Jamboree March 30.
But Head Coach Jeremy McMurrin and assistant coach Kyle Paulson have some experienced players returning, and McMurrin has compiled a 185-89-5 overall record in 17 years (16 seasons) as coach.
Senior midfielder Gabe Yetley is the lone returning starter from the 2019 season. He scored five goals and collected seven assists as a sophomore during Solon’s 15-7 campaign.
Returning letter winners include four juniors– midfielder William Wittich, defender Nate Ferguson, midfielder/forward Dillon Bruck and midfielder Owen Erusha.
Wittich started nine games as a freshman, scoring two goals to go with three assists. Ferguson started three games and had three shots in 2019. Bruck didn’t start any games but had three shot attempts on the season.
They’ll get help from four newcomers. Juniors Logan Sieverding (midfielder/forward), Gabe Hinman (midfielder/defender) and Ian Landuyt (midfielder/defender) and senior Patrick Seaton (forward/midfielder) are expected to contribute, McMurrin noted in a preview.
The WaMaC Conference East Division schedule begins with a home date against Marion April 6. Solon hosts South Tama April 9. Both games have 5:30 p.m. varsity starts.

Date Opponent Site Time
March 30 CR Prairie Jamboree Prairie 6:30PM
April 3 Solon Varsity Tournament Solon 8:30AM
April 6 Marion Solon 5:30PM
April 9 South Tama Solon 5:30PM
April 10 Solon Varsity Tournament Solon 8:30AM
April 12 West Delaware Manchester 5:30PM
April 16 Beckman Catholic Solon 5:30PM
April 17 Iowa City Regina Regina 10AM
April 19 Benton Community Van Horne 5PM
April 27 Maquoketa Maquoketa 5PM
April 29 Mt Vernon Solon 5:30PM
May 3 Williamsburg Williamsburg 5PM
May 4 Center Point-Urbana Center Point 4:30PM
May 11 Independence Solon 5:30PM
May 15 Vinton-Shellsburg Solon 5:30PM
May 18 Clear Creek Amana Tiffin 5PM