KEFALAS "ALWAYS IN THE RIGHT PLACE" IN SUCCESSFUL SEASON
Mark Pinski, Staff Writer
Clarion Newspaper, 18 November, 1982
The University of Denver soccer squad has many outstanding players but none stand out more than Soteris Kefalas."Soteris Kefalas is the Phil Esposito of soccer," reserve goalkeeper Mike Kesner said. "The guy is a gamer. He's always at the right place at the right time."
Kefalas led the DU soccer team in scoring for the second straight year with a record setting 31 goals. With 26 scores last season and two more years of eligibility, Kefalas is on his way to a Pioneer career scoring record. "I will try to help our team win first. The scoring always comes afterwards. I will try to break my own record if I can," Kefalas said."Sotos," as he is known to his teammates, hails from Paraumni, Cyprus.
He began playing soccer at the age of six. His first year of organized soccer came during his junior year of high school. Sotos earned a scolar-ship to Nassau College in New York to play soccer for the Pancyprian team, which was comprised mostly of Cyprus scholarship players. Kefalas transferee! to DU after two years in the Big Apple. "There's a lot more running here and the players are more physical," Kefalas said.
The biggest thrill of the season for Kefalas came against rival Air Force Academy. Sotos scored both Pioneer goals giving DU a 2-1 Homecoming victory over the Falcons.Kefalas attributes most of his success to his teammates, but especially to midfielder Mustapha Zidane. "He helped me a lot. Moose is one of the most skillful college soccer players I've ever seen. Everyone worked together this year. There were no individualistic players on our team. Thats why soccer is called a team sport," he said. Many of Kefalas' goals result from his intelligent play. "I chase after the ball and look for the defense to make a mistake," Kefalas noted. "I also look to position myself properly and recieve good passes from my teammates in order to score."Unfortunately for Kefalas and his teammates, DU's 1-0 loss to Bethany Nazarene College at the NAIA regionals prevented the Pioneers from going to the nationals. "We deserved it this year. We worked hard as a team." Kefalas said.
Kefalas plans to graduate from DU with a Hotel-Restaurant Management degree and then pursue a master's degree in general business also at DU. Sotos would like to become assistant to head soccer Coach John Byrden during his post-graduate studies. Finally, Kefalas would like to try out for a professional soccer team before working with his HRM degree.
Kefalas said he will lift weights and run during the offseason to stay in shape. He hopes that next year's team can go to the national tournament. "Next year I want to go to nationals. I like to stay in condition all the time - I'll never give up."