As the fall season approaches closer the Shippensburg men’s soccer team is looking forward to their new season. Last fall, the Raiders had a rough season with a record of 4-10-3. That record placed them in sixth in the Eastern Division of the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC).
Recently the Raiders were voted sixth in the 2022 PSAC Preseason men’s soccer coaches poll. The Raiders were voted below division foes Millersville, West Chester, Lock Haven, East Stroudsburg and Bloomsburg. The only team the Raiders were voted above was Shepherd University.
The Raiders have 18 players returning from the 2021 team which includes four seniors. One of those returning starters is junior forward, Seth Crabbe, who was voted first-team All PSAC Eastern Division last season. Crabbe became the third SU forward in the past 11 years to have been voted to the team. Crabbe started in 15 games for the Raiders at the forward position and led the team with 16 points.
The Raiders will also have nine newcomers on the roster. Eight of them are first-year players but the Raiders received one player from the transfer portal.
Behind the bench this season the Raiders will once again be led by head coach Jeremy Spering. Spering enters his 15th season as the head coach of the Raiders. Spering has led the Raiders to the most wins in a single season and the most consecutive victories in 2018. The Raiders coaching staff consists of assistant coach Mohamed Jalloh and volunteer assistant Gregg Whitcomb. Jalloh is in his second year with the Raiders after he spent two years on the coaching staff at East Stroudsburg.
The Raiders have already played their first preseason exhibition match against UDC. The team will continue its preseason schedule this weekend against Holy Family. The Raiders wrap up their exhibition schedule next week at home against Pitt-Johnstown.
The Raiders open their 2022 regular season on Wednesday, Aug. 31 against Slippery Rock at David See Field.