NIACC men kick off season Saturday at Southeastern CC

NIACC forward Kalle Kantelinen (left) returns for his sophomore season.
NIACC forward Kalle Kantelinen (left) returns for his sophomore season.

What's next: The NIACC men's soccer team opens its regular season Saturday at Southeastern CC in a non-conference match. The season-opener is slated to start at 4 p.m. in Burlington.

Double duty: Leo Driscoll will be the head coach of both the NIACC men's and women's soccer teams this fall. Driscoll was an assistant coach for the NIACC men's team last season. Driscoll takes over the men's program from Jonathan Platt, who was the Trojans' head coach from 2012-17 and accumulated a record of 38-62-4. Driscoll is also in his second season as the head coach of the NIACC women's program.

Wealth of experience: The Trojans return 12 sophomore from last year's team that was 8-8 overall and 5-4 in the ICCAC. Defender Harry Holland returns after earning honorable mention all-region honors as a freshman.

New kids on the block: This will the first season that Southeastern CC has fielded a women's and men's soccer program. Zachary Newton will coach both the men's and women's teams at Southeastern.

Home opener: The NIACC men's soccer team kicks off its home season at 2 p.m. Tuesday against Lake Superior College. NIACC nipped Lake Superior College 3-2 last season.

Trojan tidbits: Holland scored three goals with two assists in his freshman season … Sophomore forward Kalle Kantelinen scored five goals with two assists last season.