AOTW: Kyle Bentz, senior soccer player

The Beacon: Male Athlete of the Week Aug. 25 – Aug. 31 Why Kyle Bentz was selected: Bentz proved to be Penn State Berk’s Achilles heel, scoring both the first and the last goals of the contest to dominate the Nittany Lions 4-1 in Wilkes’ season-opener on Aug. 30.


Kirsten Peters

Male Athlete of the Week: Kyle Bentz, senior soccer player

Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor

Name: Kyle Bentz

Year: Senior

Major: Mechanical Engineering

Hometown: Camp Hill, Pa.

High School: Camp Hill HS

Position: Center Forward


Driving force for your decision to come to Wilkes?

I wanted to enroll in a school where I could pursue my goals in engineering as well as continue to play soccer at the collegiate level.


Post-graduation plans in terms of a career?

Hopefully, I will already have a job in my field lined up after receiving my degree.


Favorite building on campus?

That’s a tough one, but I’d have to go with Stark. I spend most of my time in that building and the new upgrades for the engineering department look great.


What came first? The chicken or the egg?

The chicken.


Hopes for this season as a Colonel?

I hope we can receive a berth into the MAC playoffs and then hopefully onto NCAAs.


When/Why did you first begin playing?

I started playing soccer when I was really little, probably because soccer and baseball are usually some of the first sports people try. I ended up loving it, and however many odd years later, here we are.


Favorite thing to do during practice?

Scrimmaging. Competing within the squad is one of the best ways to get stronger and better as a team and as an individual.


If you had to choose one thing about your program that you could improve, what would it be?

Honestly, with the new field almost being done over at Ralston, I can’t think of any gripes I have with the program.


Most influential person(s) in your life?

I have to say both of my parents. They have supported me through the ups and downs of college and are my biggest fans on and off the field. I love them and can’t thank them enough for all they’ve done.


If you could have dinner with a famous person from the past, who would it be? 

Eating dinner with The (Brazilian) Ronaldo would be awesome. In my opinion, he’s the greatest to ever play the game of soccer.


Favorite Professor?

Dr. Zhu. He’s been my advisor and I always have enjoyed his classes.


Favorite meal to eat on campus?

Chicken Caesar wraps from the POD.


A quote you live your life by?

“Everyone has a plan until they’re punched in the face.” – Mike Tyson


What does “Be Colonel” mean to you?

“Be Colonel” is to simply be the best one can be even when no one’s around to see.


Anyone to give a shout-out to?

Just one shout-out to my brothers back at home base: let’s keep it classy this year, fellas.

-Compiled by Kirsten Peters, Co-Sports Editor