LEROY — Schroeder Vanderhoof realizes plenty will be expected of him this season as one of the top returning players for the Pine River boys soccer team.

But Vanderhoof insists that he’s ready for the challenge.

Vanderhoof scored Pine River’s only goal in a season-opening loss to Houghton Lake last week. He was usually all over the field during the game.

Seven seniors graduated from a year ago. He acknowledged that more will probably be expected of him.

“I’ll take charge more,” Vanderhoof said, adding that “hopefully” this will be his best year. “Being confident in passing and dribbling...my passing has gotten better too.”

Vanderhoof wasn’t able to do too much over the summer but is looking to be at his best during key times as the season progresses.

“We’re a young team and have a lot of freshmen this season,” said Vanderhoof, noting that discipline in ball control will be critical. “Sometimes we kick the ball with no purpose.”

He’s also confident the Bucks will become a better soccer team with more experience.