Adelphi soccer standout Caelan Hueber made plenty of strides in the offseason. Two of his biggest had nothing to do with something he actually practiced on the field itself.
“I believe I have improved on my leadership skills and preparation,” Hueber said. “When it comes to game day and the day before a game, I am always focused on the game and trying to prepare my body. Since I just returned from an injury that kept me out of the spring season, I this very seriously now and try to get my teammates up for the game, too.”
The junior midfielder out of Cincinnati has certainly been on top of his game, ready to roll every time he takes the field. In eight games, Hueber has come through with five goals, a total only two off the number of goals he scored in each of his first two seasons with the Panthers.
Hueber is pleased with what he has accomplished early in the year but he is anything but satisfied.
“I believe that I have played well up to this point in time, however, I can always improve my finishing and aim to also get a couple of assists this year,” Hueber said. “As for the team, I believe the main key to our early success is that we are not taking any game lightly. We treat every opponent the same way no matter their record and we prepare that way as well.”
Hueber was a two-time all-state selection in Ohio and also won two state championships with his club team in Cincinnati. The experience prepared him well for college as he made an immediate impact, scoring seven goals and dishing out two assists. He started all 19 games last year and tied for second on the team in goals with seven.
“My experience in college so far has been amazing,” Hueber said. “Since I came in as a freshman to now, I have played a significant amount and it feels good to know the coaching staff trusts me to make a positive impact on the field. I also love what goes on behind the scenes regarding the team because every year it becomes more and more like a family. This motivates us to do well for each other.”
Hueber, a first-team all-conference and second-team all-region pick a year ago, has high expectations for himself and the team.
“My goal is to score at least 10 goals this year because I know that is what I need to do to help our team do well and make it far this year,” Hueber said. “As for team goals, it’s simply to win our conference tournament and get a shot at being national champions.”