Second year coach Patrick Crawford is focused on raising the team’s soccer IQ

by Joe DiBlasi

Second year Archbishop Spalding soccer coach Patrick Crawford hopes to continue to re-build the program at the Anne Arundel school, and to that end he is excited about this year’s recruiting class.

“Last year was a learning experience,” said the former Baltimore Blast pro. “My goal is to bring stability to the program, become “soccer specific”, and raise the soccer IQ.”

Crawford lost 13 seniors from last year’s squad that finished in the bottom half of the MIAA A conference, but has some exciting new faces he hopes will turn the program in the right direction.

He will rely on an unexpected transfer, junior Hunter Stokes, who will make a big impact on defense; a top recruit, freshman Finn Beaubein, and senior holdovers Alex Flores, Alonzo Colon and Andre Tenerio.

“We will be solid through the midfield, and pretty good up top, and we have a solid keeper in senior Kyle Edwards, who manned the goal last year,” said Crawford.

The Cavs lost some key players to graduation, including Spencer Sherman (East Carolina), Alex McGlynn (St. Joseph’s PA), and Sean Doherty, (Stevenson).

Crawford said, “We will have 9 seniors on the team, and six or seven should start. We didn’t have a great record last year, but we were in every game and the kids never quit. I’m excited about the upcoming season and about the future of the program.”

Pictured above: (from left) Spalding’s Alonzo Colon, Andre Tenerio and Alex Torres are all returning senior and they will combine with some new faces to boost Spalding’s boys’ soccer squad.