Moeller Soccer Sweeps the City

Photo posted to Moeller Soccer’s instagram. The team celebration after a goal.

Photo posted to Moeller Soccer’s instagram. The team celebration after a goal.

The Team. The Team. The Team. Selfless Soccer. Celebrating Together. Proud Coach. Moeller head soccer coach Mike Welker had this to comment on a video posted to social media of the team moving the ball around and scoring a great goal against Olentangy Liberty. The 2-1 victory over Olentangy moved the soccer team to a top twenty five ranking in the nation. Since then, the team has moved to sixth in the nation, second in the state and first in the city. With a 10-0-2 record, Moeller has played strong and are on the way to winning more. This year is big, the team is strong, fast, and smart and they are cruising by record holders game by game and this could be their year.

This team screams success. They are winning games and bringing in crowds. The root of the program is Moeller’s athletic director Mike Asbeck.  When asked his opinion was on the soccer teams success, he commented on the immense amount of “talent, energy and leadership”. And that they have “dealt with adversity” after the rough loss in the playoffs last year. To bounce back and open this season so strong is huge. Asbeck thinks that the “continuity” of the team contributes to its success and how there are so many players that have been a part of this team for two, three even four years. This contributes to the team’s brotherhood and working so well together. Coach Welker is doing something right and there is a “very bright future” for the soccer team. 

Anyone who has been to a game at any time this season knows the great work that the soccer coach Mike Welker puts into this team’s success. Mike, a 2002 Moeller grad, took over the program three years ago and has transformed it into a winning team. His fierce, young energy is hard not to notice. Good teams are lead with great leadership. Welker not only leads this team, he is a father of a set of twin boys and has another one on the way. Welker has surrounded himself with assistant coaches with the same energy that he puts off and this team really shows how much they feed of their coaching staff. Welker is the head of the snake and this snake is going to slither all the way to Columbus for a ring this year.  

Senior Captains dinner (from left) Assistant Coach Arron Gatio, Jordan Walters, Twin 1, Head Coach Mike Welker, Twin 2, Adam Cusmano, Ben Hegge

Senior Captains dinner (from left) Assistant Coach Arron Gatio, Jordan Walters, Twin 1, Head Coach Mike Welker, Twin 2, Adam Cusmano, Ben Hegge

Finally, there’s the guys that do all the dirty work and get out on the pitch every day, work hard, make plays, and score goals. The atmosphere from the team is exuberant. From a fan’s experience watching the game you can just see how well they work as a unit, on and off the field. I spoke to the Varsity Seniors: Kyle Miller, Jordan Walters, Ethan Howell, Davis Miller, Ben Hegge and Adam Cusmano. These seniors have been playing together all four years and you can see how their friendship translates to success on the soccer field. They all agreed that their biggest role in success is their brotherhood and their great leadership with the captains as well as the coach.

This team has something special. You can see it in every practice, scrimmage and game. There is a spark lit by the parents cheering after every game, the rising numbers of students coming to watch the game and most of all, themselves. The team works so well to hype each other up to success and its working. This team has what it takes to go the mile. They are strong, smart and quick on their feet. I think this is the year, this is the team. The Team. The Team. The Team.

Julian Miller