LEXINGTON, Va. -- Heading into his fourth season as the head coach of the Virginia Military Institute men’s soccer team, Richie Rose has announced Daniel Kitchen and Blake McCauley as the captains for the upcoming 2013 season.
“The team and I have a strong belief that these two young men will lead us towards our collective goals. There was a need for cooperative leadership within our team and leadership that can combine a positive spirit with hard work,” said Rose of the leaders. Both Daniel and Blake have a team-centered philosophy and a great knowledge of what is expected of a cadet-athlete both on and off the field. They have a great passion for the game and a deep desire to win. This attitude can be contagious and is the type of leadership we need to drive the program forward.
A senior goalkeeper, Kitchen saw nearly 1,000 minutes in goal for the Keydets in 2012, making 12 starts. During that time, the Richmond, Va. native made 67 saves, including a trio in his first career win against George Washington University in the Keydets’ first game of the Jay Sculley Memorial Tournament. Twice during the last season, Kitchen reached double-digit saves, including a season-high 11 against No. 23 High Point University in a 0-0 draw, the first full-game shutout of Kitchen’s career.
A rising junior, McCauley made 16 starts in his 17 appearances during the 2012 season. The Fuquay Varina, N.C. resident tallied four goals, striking in back-to-back Big South Conference games against Liberty University and UNC Asheville. McCauley, who co-led the team in points (8) and had a squad-high four goals, scored big time markers, helping VMI to one-goal decisions in each game he scored. McCauley took 19 shots throughout the season, putting 11 of those efforts on goal.
The Keydets open a road-heavy slate in 2013 with a trip to West Point, N.Y. VMI will take on the United States Military Academy on Aug. 30 at Army’s Clinton Field, beginning at noon.