Thompson brings new age to program

By Elliot Heis

After a disappointing 4-11-3 season last year, the men’s soccer
team has ushered in a new era in just one season.

The newly-found success has a lot to do with the acquisition of
new head coach Lance Thompson from Notre Dame de Namur.

This season Thompson led Cal Poly to a 10-8-1 record, giving the
Broncos their best season this decade.

“We are pretty excited with the direction we are going,”
Thompson said after their last game Sunday. “For me, it’s a good
way to send off the seniors with a winning season.”

While Cal Poly’s soccer program has long been a big part of the
athletic department, this year marked just the sixth total time the
Broncos have ended with a winning season; but with new leadership
and a fresh attitude in the squad, that number is likely to
increase again next year.

“I’m taking from this whole experience we have a winning
season,” senior midfielder Wayne Kao said after his final game with
the Broncos. “We built a lot of relationships and from now on it’s
only going to go up hill.”

The latest success of the team also makes the school more
desirable to prospective recruits, strengthening the Broncos’
future. This upward spiral works its way up to a better and better
team.

Thompson’s popular coaching methods have already brought in
players by transfer, including sophomore defender Justin Smith, who
followed Thompson from Notre Dame de Namur.

With such a turn around in just one season, the potential of
this new squad calls for better seasons to come.

Although the graduating seniors aren’t able to take part in
future seasons of Bronco success, they were able to establish this
new age for Cal Poly soccer before moving on with their
careers.

“[The seniors] wanted to be a part of something special and
something that’s getting turned around and going in a direction we
would all like to see and they did it,” Thompson said. “Right now
we are really excited.”

While the Broncos failed to reach the post season in the
fiercely competitive CCAA, Cal Poly ended the season proudly as a
new threat in the conference.

Reach Elliot Heis at: sports@thepolypost.com

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