The Spartans have a history of winning soccer teams including last years where they advanced to the state tournament reaching the quarterfinals.
But with the graduation on their top players and loss of their head coach, the team could have fallen apart this year.
The Spartans have proven, with a current winning record of 8-3-1, that it will take more than the loss of a couple of players to hinder their chance of success this season.
Though the graduation of valuable players was a big concern for the team, the Spartans five seniors have taken over the responsibility of carrying out the winning soccer tradition.
Forward/midfielder Michael Giannotti, center midfielder Dan Koslow, striker Jesse Macadangdang, midfielder David Priest, and fullback Paul Sihelnik are the heart and soul of this competitive team this season.
"Everyone brings something to the team," said Priest. The five said that Koslow has the skills while Priest is the heart and soul of the team, Sihelnik, who has two younger brothers on the team, keeps the them together, and Macadangdang is the classiest player on the field. "He gets knocked down, he gets up with class," said his teammates.
Not only do they bring their skills to the table but set an example for their younger teammates as role models.
"Jesse is a senior captain and our top goal scorer. He has a calming influence that brings the team together. He does that very well. David is also a senior captain and is the vocal leader of the team. Before the game he pumps everyone up and gets them ready to play. He is also the most aggressive player on the team," said head coach Dan Bergey.
Athletes Giannotti and Sihelnik are reserves and hold that position with class. "They do not get as much playing time but when they are out there they give 100 percent," said Bergey. This was obvious when Giannotti tied the game for the Spartans against Oley on September 25. "He scored the goal that tied the game. He never complains , he goes out there and plays," said Bergey.
All of the seniors have valuable high school soccer experiences that they can share with their teammates except for senior Koslow. Although this is his first year playing high school soccer, he has made a big impression on the coach and his teammates. "Dan played when he was younger. Although he is a little rusty on the skills, his athletic ability takes over. He is very fast and a verstial athlete who can play eight or nine positions for us," said Bergey. "I watched the World Cup this summer and decided I wanted to play," said Koslow.
Despite their success, the athletes were not sure that this season would be victorious based on their performances during the preseason. "Over the summer we got destroyed but our new coach made some key changes and our record says it all," said Koslow.
With this being Bergey's first year as head coach of Wyomissing, he knew what he was getting himself into. "I looked at the roster and thought to myself that it was a rebuilding year but I changed my mind because we have good players." Before he obtained the position at Wyomissing he was a former coach of Central Catholic's boys team. "I came here because of the good youth and up programs that Wyomissing has."
Now that the athletes are on a winning role, they have no plans of turning back. "We want to win the division and like last year go to states but instead win the state championship," said Koslow. Bergey added that, "They are a good team and definitely have a shot of going to states."