You don’t have to look far to find the key to the Mustangs men’s soccer team’s defense.
Two of its back four grew up in the same house.
Aaron and Brandon Schneebeli of Kitchener have been frustrating opposing strikers all season long as part of a unit that has conceded less than a goal a game.
Aaron, the older of the two, played on the team last year. He says it was only natural to recruit his younger brother.
“I just told him that we had a good group of guys here and that we wanted to do something [special] with the guys we had,” the elder Schneebeli says. “We thought that he’d be a good addition to the existing team that we have. [I gave him] a little bit of family incentive, saying, ‘why not come down and play with me?’ My mom and dad were happy about it.”
Brandon was happy to accept the offer.
“I didn’t want to come here alone in a new city and everything. It’s a big help since my brother’s here,” Brandon, the younger sibling says. “He helped me out with the team. A lot of them are older guys, so I could hang out with my brother and [get to know] the whole group.”
The Mustangs take on the Guelph Gryphons on Saturday, in their final home game of the regular season.
Brandon says they’ll be looking for the extra incentive of a possible home playoff game if they get the win.