This is the second of five blogs previewing players to watch for Western Washington University's men's soccer team. WWU in its first season under Greg Brisbon went 11-4-3. The Vikings begin this season with a home opener against Seattle University on Aug. 23.
PLAYER TO WATCH: Jeremy Wentzel (Jr., D/M)
2013 HIGHLIGHTS: Four goals and a team-high six assists. ... Wentzel played and started in all 18 games last season. ... He was second on the team with 14 points. ... He was a second team Great Northwest Athletic Conference all star. BREAKDOWN: Wentzel doesn't look like much, standing 5-foot-5 and weighing somewhere south of 160 pounds, but he's one of Brisbon's most versatile players. Wentzel began last year playing in the back, but was quickly moved to attacking midfield because he showed a knack for finishing close to the net. With the departure of leading scorer Andrew Weishaar (10 goals, three assists), Wentzel may be asked to do more on the offensive end. But then again, the graduation of senior defensive captain Bailey Martin may lead to him playing with a more defensive mentality, too. Luckily he has shown the ability to do both, and his experience will be important to the Vikings continuing the success they found last season.