When it comes to a love for the game of soccer, the Nunda-Dalton area has a passion. It shows in the way that the Keshequa boys play the game under long time head coach Ron Macomber Jr.

Coach Ron enters his 12th season with a hungry group following last year's deceptive 11-6-1 record. The Indians dropped a heart breaker in the Class C-2 semifinals to state runner-up Geneseo on penalty kicks to end the 2018 campaign. Coach Macomber is seeking to improve on that success path.

"This is a great group of kids to coach," he said. "They love the game and have put in an outstanding effort through the offseason. They have their expectations extremely high, but they also realize it can only be accomplished with hard work. We return a half dozen starters with 44 goals and 31 assists from one year ago. I'd consider us a relatively young team with just two seniors, 10 juniors, three sophomores and a freshman on the roster."

The Indians open up with tournament action in their backyard at Kiwanis Park on Thursday and Saturday, Sept. 5 and 7 against the mix of Bishop Kearney, Cuba-Rushford and Genesee Valley.

"Even with our youth, I've seen great leadership in the preseason," Macomber said. "They play the game the right way and hopefully will continue to get better as the season progresses. Motivation is extremely high after the way the season ended last year. As always, we hope to be playing our best soccer at the end of the season."

KEY RETURNERS 

Riley Rease #10, junior, forward, 21 goals, 10 assists, all county; Aidan Wood #2, junior, midfielder, 14 goals, 5 assists; Reese Powers #8, sophomore midfielder, 4 goals, 8 assists; Hunter Zangerle #22, junior defender; Cesar Batlle #3, junior defender; Ryan Thayer #17, junior defender; Jacob Schiano #7, junior forward, 2 goals, 2 assists; Brendan White #1, senior GK; Hunter Stephens #5, senior forward.

TOP NEWCOMERS

Adam Hunt #6, junior midfielder; Jacob Cobin #00, junior GK; Trey Learn #9, junior defender; Jordon Luther #4, junior forward; Avery Strobel #12, sophomore forward; Kellen Wood #11, sophomore defender; Nathan Thayer #13, freshman midfielder.