(Carlisle, Pa.) – The Dickinson men's soccer team earned its eighth consecutive bid to the Centennial Conference playoffs, earning the #4-seed with a 5-3-1 mark in the conference and an overall record of 10-5-2 on the season. The Red Devils have some of the top scorers in the Centennial, led by junior Kevin Gilbert (Boxford, Mass./Masconemet Regional) at the top of the rankings, tied with Haverford's Nick Janelli.
Senior Ward Van de Water (Warrenton, Va./Highland) came out strong on the scoring front and is currently fifth in the CC behind first-year Frederick Cisse (New Haven, Conn./The Pomfret School) with seven points. Cisse has eight on the year with the help of a hat-trick at Ursinus College.
Sophomore Tayler Eynon (Lancaster, Pa./Lancaster Country Day) is second in the conference with six assists on the year. The sophomore transitioned from the midfield into an outside back position and has been dialed in, serving up a pair of assists against both Gettysburg and Muhlenberg to help the Devils secure a playoff spot.
Junior goaltender Frederick Meagher (Southport, Conn./Fairfield-Ludlowe) leads the conference with 72 saves and ranks second in save percentage (.800) this season.
Head coach Brian Redding is no stranger to the Centennial Conference playoffs, making 11 appearances in the past 12 seasons, including eight straight since capturing the title in 2011. Redding connected with Assistant Athletic Director, Christian Payne to talk about what is takes to be successful in the conference tournament.
Christian Payne: This is your 11th trip to the CC postseason in the past 12 seasons. What has contributed to this consistent success?
Brian Redding: Our success is based on the quality of our players/recruiting classes. In addition, we work hard as a staff to help our players clarify our team identity on how we want to play, make quality decisions, and deliver that product with intensity and consistency.
CP: What will it be like to host the first round matchup, against a Gettysburg team you all handled well the first time around?
BR: We host Gettysburg in our first round match, and we are excited to be hosting at Miller Memorial Field, our high quality grass field. Our regular season game against Gettysburg was a well-played match by both programs, but we were able to find the goals we needed to secure the win. We certainly want to take homefield advantage, and get another result so we can move on in conference playoffs.
CP: What will be key in this playoff run?
BR: The keys for us at this point are minimizing shots on goal by our opponents' key players, making sure we are moving off the ball in possession, and increase our mental approach in key moments throughout the game.
2018 Centennial Conference Men's Soccer Championship
First Round - Wednesday, October 31st (at Miller Memorial Field | Dickinson College)
4:00 pm - #5-Gettysburg at #4-Dickinson | Dickinson 1, Gettysburg 0
Semifinals - Saturday, November 3rd (at Walton Field | Haverford College)
1:30 pm - #2-Johns Hopkins vs. #3-Franklin & Marshall Live Stats | Live Video
Championship - Sunday, November 4th (at Walton Field | Haverford College)
1:00 pm - Live Stats | Live Video