Dover High School boys soccer senior keeper Tyler Kuhn has his Senators on pace to earn a high seed in this year's state tournament.
School Dover High School
Grade 12 Position Keeper
Height 5 feet 10 inches
Weight 170 pounds
The Dover High School boys soccer team is enjoying a bounce-back year this fall, and anchoring the Senators as they prepare for the postseason is senior keeper Tyler Kuhn.
With eight shutouts in 13 games — including six straight at one point — Kuhn and the Senator defense make Dover a force for any team to reckon with in the playoffs.
The keeper sat down with the Dover Post Oct. 27 to talk about his season, and what he and his teammates are hoping for as the postseason approaches.
Q You’ve had more shutouts than not this year. Did you expect your season to go this way?
A Well, I expected it to be good but I didn’t expect it to be as good as it’s going. I worked a lot over the summer, so I guess that’s paying off. But I didn’t know how I would do. Also, I knew the team would be good in front of me, knowing that we bonded so much, so that has helped.
Q How much credit do you give to the players in front of you for your shutouts?
A I give them all the credit in the world. I get them playing strong in front of me and it feels great. Knowing I have a defense in front of me like that, it’s the best feeling in the world.
Q How much do you direct traffic on the field to help your defenders?
A I never stop talking during the game. I’m always telling my defenders where they should be and what they should do. I don’t stop talking until I walk off the field.
Q The team is more than likely headed for the playoffs with a high seed in the first round. What has made this team so successful this year?
A Us coming together as a team produced the winning for us. We started off this year and we weren’t very close. But then we went to camp at Washington College in Maryland. We lived together and roomed together there, and since then we’ve all come together as a family.
Q How do you feel this team will do once it reaches the playoffs?
A In high school soccer there’s been loads of upsets this year. If we see [Sussex Tech High School] again, we could beat them. We should seed high, which will put an easy game in front of us in the first round. Then I think we can get pretty deep in the tournament. We’re confident we can beat anybody, even the teams that beat us this year. We know the mistakes we made in those games and we can fix them.
Q How do you fix those mistakes?
A Everybody on the team, when somebody does something wrong we tell each other what they did, and then we say, “Hey, here’s how you can fix it.” We see what we can do and work to perfect it. Against Tech, we were short on scoring, and then we came out and scored six goals each in the two games after.
Q What’s your mentality in getting ready for a game?
A I’m not one of those guys that’s all quiet in the room before the game. I listen to my music and just get motivated. I’m the crazy guy in the locker room that tries to get everyone pumped.
MOVIE “The Hangover”
MUSIC Listens to everything
SPORT BESIDES SOCCER Ice Hockey
ICE HOCKEY TEAM Philadelphia Flyers
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WHO Dover High School (11-2, 10-2) vs. Archmere Academy (11-1-1, 6-0-0)
WHEN 7 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 2
WHERE Dover High Stadium, 1 Patrick Lynn Drive, Dover