The Notre Dame men’s soccer team has announced the captains for the upcoming 2019 season, as Ian Aschieris, Jack Casey and Felicien Dumas will serve as the skippers of the squad.
“I am excited about our captains this season,” said Notre Dame men’s soccer head coach Chad Riley. “They bring a great combination of traits to the role and have the respect of the entire team. One of the first things we look for in our captains is strong leadership on the field. These three bring a competitive mindset to every game and training session.
“Their work ethic, their communication and their level of performance is consistently at a high level. They’re also really good team guys, they do a great job of getting to know the entire squad and I think they build relationships really well. They carry a lot of respect in the locker room, because they’re just good people.
The trio of captains played a large role in Notre Dame’s success last season. The three players combined to play in 61 matches during the 2018 campaign, earning 54 starts.
The experience combined with leadership traits made Aschieris, Casey and Dumas obvious choices to captain the team in the upcoming season.
“I think the part that they’re adding is really just pushing the team to never be satisfied,” said Riley. “At the end of the day, when the game’s over, there’s nothing you can do about that particular game, but there is always another level to get to as a team. Our captains need to drive us forward to constantly seek to grow.
“I feel that the combination of our captains and senior class overall will lead this group of young men well.”
Notre Dame gets the 2019 season underway at 8 p.m. ET on August 31, as the Irish travel down to Saint Louis to take on the Billikens. The match will be available to stream live on ESPN+.
The Irish open the home schedule with the Mike Berticelli Memorial Tournament at Alumni Stadium. Notre Dame hosts Seattle at 7 p.m. ET on September 6 followed by a fixture against Denver at 7 p.m. on September 8.