The Dalton State College men's soccer team began its season on Tuesday at home with a loss at Lakeshore Park to Tennessee Wesleyan University, 1-0, but coach Saif Alsafeer said he liked what he saw.
Despite having a handful of players cleared to play just a few hours before the game due to injuries and for eligibility reasons, Alsafeer said the Roadrunners kept up with a team he feels will be dominant this season.
"This is their year to really cause some damage," he said. "We have just about everyone back now, and I think a lot of people were surprised with how tough we were because our guys hadn't all played together before today.
"We had our chances but we just didn't put one in the net, which happens sometimes. For them to play together and get minutes is huge, so all in all there were a lot of positives."
Dalton State picked up former Dalton High School keeper Aaron Fraire in the offseason, a player Alsafeer said gives the team's backline confidence. Offensively, however, the team just needs a bit for practice, he said.
"Certainly -- yes Aaron had a great game," he said. "We just need to be a little more dangerous on offense, but most of those guys that just came back are the ones to do that for us."
The Roadrunners travel for their next game, a matchup on Aug. 29 at 7:30 p.m. at Reinhardt University in Waleska.