October 04, 2013
Semmel key to 5-3-1 startThe Susquehanna men's soccer team has enjoyed a hot start this year, going 4-1 to open the season, including a win over the fourth-ranked team in the country, York. Much of this early success can be attributed to key contributions by junior midfielder Kyle Semmel.
With the season reaching its mid-way point, Semmel leads the Crusaders with four goals. His first two goals of the season came in the Sept. 3 game at Lycoming, the second of which proved to be the winner as Susquehanna emerged victorious by a score of 3-1.
Semmel struck again four days later in the team's 3-1 win over Penn State-Altoona.
His biggest goal of the season, however, came on Sept. 14 when the Crusaders hosted fourth-ranked York. With less than 20 minutes remaining, Semmel buried the only goal of the game.
He described the victory as the highlight of his career here at Susquehanna, saying, "As a team we just played so well, and I was lucky enough to have a great pass from one of our outside midfielders, Gannon Keller, and I was able to put the ball in the back of the net."
Crusaders coach Jim Findlay appreciates what it means to have a player like Semmel. "He is an emotional player that attempts to play with high level of intensity each time he enters the field," he said.
Findlay described Semmel's intensity as contagious, an energy that his teammates can feed off of during a game. Findlay also spoke of his ability to work against an opposing team's defense.
"Kyle has a way of being in the right spot at the right time and therefore he gives himself, the opportunity to score goals," he said.
Now in his third season with the squad, Semmel considers the soccer team a very close knit group.
He said: "We're a very close group. A lot of us basically hangout non-stop. We go out to dinner after practice every night. Most of us live with each other or in the same area. I think we're a very close group and that helps us on the field as well. We have really good chemistry amongst everybody on the team, and I think it really helps us when we're in games and when we're outside of games."
Along with the team chemistry, Semmel also credits much of their early success to the coaching staff.
"They prepare us for every game, and we know what the other team's strengths and weaknesses are, and we know how we play. Our coaches do a great job of getting us ready for every game," he said.
Semmel also plays outfield for the baseball team, saying that the ability to play two sports is one of the things that drew him to Susquehanna.
While playing a pair of varsity sports doesn't leave much time for other activities, Semmel, who is a communications major with an emphasis in public relations, is also a member of the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Now 5-3-1 overall and 1-1 in conference, the Crusaders are looking to make a second-half surge that will push them into the Landmark Conference playoffs. Findlay will look to Semmel as a leader in the second half, and as someone who has the ability to spark the Crusader offense in tight games.
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