It’s a new year for Circle boy’s soccer, and a fresh start could be exactly what the Thunderbirds need. Coming off a 2-15 season, second year head coach Ryan Todd hopes to see improvement from his team now that he has a full year in the books.

In order to improve upon last year’s record, Todd says that the Thunderbirds are going to have to be more disciplined, and play smarter and harder. He hopes that Circle can improve its standing in the AVCTL conference in 2014.

Fortunately for Todd and the Thunderbirds, he is going to bring back a rather experienced squad, as 10 starters from last year will be returning, along with three other letter winners, giving him plenty of options to choose from.

The 10 starting players are as follows: Dyan LaRue (senior midfielder), Charlie Fee (junior midfielder), Logan Norris (junior defender), Mark Walthers (junior forward), Mitch Crouch (senior midfielder), John Hyslop (senior defender) Anthony Cutsinger (junior forward) Treyton Thorton (junior goal keeper), Jeff Failes (sophomore defender) and Aaron Plumber (senior defender).

As mentioned earlier, it will take more than just starter contributions to turn the Thunderbirds fortunes around and into a top half of the league team. In doing so, Circle will need key contributions from Austin Todd (sophomore midfielder), Chad Morgan (junior midfielder) and Rodney Longshaw (junior midfielder).

Other new members of the Thunderbirds that could very well see playing time early and often are freshman goal keeper Caleb Page, sophomore defender Jordan Cutsinger, junior midfielder Silas Blaha, junior defender Travis Biehler and freshman midfielder Nathan Todd.

The Thunderbirds will kick off their home opener against Wichita West on Sept. 9 at 6:30 p.m.