After run to semifinals last year, Lindbergh soccer looks to 2019

Pictured above: Lindbergh High head coach Mark Giesing is confident about the 2019 season
for his boys soccer team after an ‘exciting’ first week of practice. Photo by Erin Achenbach

By STEPHEN GLOVER
For the Call

As the 2019 season opens for the Lindbergh High School boys soccer team, there’s an air of excitement about the Flyers’ potential this year.

“It’s been an exciting first week of practice,” head coach Mark Giesing said. “We’ve got a lot of guys that have been waiting for their time in the starting line-up, and they’re ready to go.”

The Flyers have four returning starters from last year’s lineup, which went 16-9-1 overall and lost to Vianney in the Missouri Class 4, District 6 semifinal game.

At captain and central defender this season is Cole Hutson. The senior defender was productive on both sides of the ball with four goals and two assists.

“Cole is a great leader on the team and is a critical returning starter to this lineup,” Giesing said. “He’s always been a super steady guy on the field and is no stranger to big games. I think that Cole reads and understands the game really well.”

Senior Fetiol Hyke looks to be the Flyers’ top scoring threat at the forward position after scoring two goals and six assists as a junior.“

Fetiol is very dangerous in one on one situations,” Giesing said. “We’re looking for him to do a lot of scoring for us this year.”

Also up top for the Flyers, but out on the wing, will be senior Chris Licavoli. He had two assists last season.

“Chris is a super versatile player that can just run all day,” Giesing said. “He’s tough on defense but very good on offense. I think we’re going to use him in a variety of different roles this year.”

Roaming the midfield for the Flyers will be senior Nick Merlo. In 2018 Merlo scored two goals and three assists for a total of seven points.