Gabe Hynes (left) and Curtis Loreman chase down the ball during Clinton Community College men's soccer practice on Friday. The Cougars open their season today at Jamestown C.C.

There are no superstars on the Clinton Community College men's soccer team roster.

That's fine, however, with 22-year-old, first-year head coach Zac Eppler.

"We don't have star players, but we have a lot of good players," said Eppler, who turns 23 in September. "I couldn't be happier with the attitude on the team.

"We're pretty good all-around and, if we play as a team, we'll have a pretty good season."

The Cougars open their 2010 season on the road this weekend — at Jamestown C.C. today and against Onondaga C.C. on Sunday.

Clinton has 20 players on the roster, although there are currently some injuries to deal with.

"We'll be fairly deep," Eppler said. "But our starters are strong and we're going to rely on them."

Key returning players for the Cougars include captain Ricky Lee, a forward, Kyle Kirk in the midfield and Casey Letourneau on defense. Those three will be in the starting lineup today.

Also starting against Jamestown will be Justin LaVarnway in net, Ben Rulffes at sweeper, Kyle Reynolds at stopper, Letourneau at left back, Michael Santor at right back, Kirk and Kyle Knight at center midfield, Gabe Hynes at left midfield, Michael Gowdy at right midfield, Lee at right forward and Tyler Pombrio at left forward.

"LaVarnway looks good in goal, and we need him to stay healthy," Eppler said. "He's our only goalie at this time, and we're looking to find a back-up.

"Rulffes, Hynes, Knight and Pombrio will also be key players for us. Rulffes and Reynolds, who will play sweeper and stopper, will be important.

"This will be our starting lineup in our first game, but it could change depending on what happens after that."

The Cougars, who scrimmaged SUNY Canton, have 18 games on the schedule, including eight at home.

"In the first half against Canton, we didn't play well as a team and were down, 2-0," Eppler said. "But we played much better in the second half and it was 1-1 during that time.

"The key for us is to play as a team. I'm absolutely excited about the start of the season."

Clinton Community College

2010 men's soccer roster

Player, position, hometown

1- Justin LaVarnway, goalkeeper, Plattsburgh

2- Richard Bellack, forward, St. George, Vt.

3- Dayne Hamel, defender, Willsboro

5- Dillion DiOrio, midfielder/forward, Champlain

6- Tyler Pombrio, forward, Ellenburg

7- Kyle Kirk, central midfielder, Plattsburgh

8- Gabe Hynes, midfielder/forward, Ellenburg

9- Ryan Latinville, defender, Plattsburgh

10- Ricky Lee, forward, AuSable Valley

11- Benjamin LaValley, defender, Ellenburg

13- Andrew Matott, defense, Potsdam

14- Kyle Knight, central midfielder, Plattsburgh

15- Curtis Loreman, defender/midfielder, AuSable Valley

16- Michael Welch, defender, Malone

17- Andrew McDougal, midfielder, Peru

18- Michael Santor, defender, Chazy

20- Casey Letourneau, defender, Champlain

21- Kyle Reynolds, stopper, Chazy

22- Benjamin Rulffes, sweeper, Canton

23- Michael Gowdy, midfielder/forward, Lewis

2010 schedule

Saturday, Aug. 28- at Jamestown C.C., 4 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 29- at Onondaga C.C., 2:30 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 2- FULTON-MONTGOMERY C.C., 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 4- at Cayuga C.C., 4 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 5- at Herkimer C.C., 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 8- ADIRONDACK C.C., at Plattsburgh State, 7 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 14- WORD OF LIFE, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 18- at Tompkins-Cortland C.C., 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 22- NORTH COUNTRY C.C., 4 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 25- at Finger Lakes C.C., 3 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 26- at SUNY Delhi, 1 p.m.

Tuesday, Sept. 28- HUDSON VALLEY C.C., 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2- MOHAWK VALLEY C.C., at Plattsburgh State, 5 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct . 6- at Adirondack C.C., 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 9- at Hudson Valley C.C., 1 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 13- PAUL SMITHS COLLEGE, 4 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 16- JEFFERSON C.C., at Plattsburgh State, 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, Oct. 19- at Word of Life, 4 p.m.

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