Discipline and balance will be the keys for first-year head coach Christer Uhrlin.

The 38-year-old St. Luke's boys soccer coach, who's been on the job less than two months, is going to try to get his team to play the old-school way.

"I have always been a 4-4-2 formation guy," Uhrlin said. "Today, in 2010, there are so many different system that coaches use. 4-2-3, 3-5-2, and now there is actually 3-4-1-1. For me it has always been (the original way), because when I played, the only system I played was 4-4-2."

Uhrlin, who hails from Sweden, played 10 years of professional soccer, including a top-tier league in Norway. It's that classic soccer system that he really likes. His experiences from those coaches is what he uses to teach now.

The new coach has only been stateside 18 months. Last year, he coached at Irvington High, in New York, before coming to St. Luke's this season.

In the wake of Kofi Agyapong's departure, perhaps it's best Uhrlin starts fresh and with a straight-forward mindsest; he doesn't truly know what he's losing without the acrobatic Agyapong, the best player in school history, who is currently playing at Wake Forest.

Since he played all positions during his professional career, Uhrlin said he can rightfully and truthfully advise every player at every position.

"I use a lot of my experience from my own career as a player," he said. "The guys have been good so far. We're working at it."

The Storm should get heavy contributions from Joe Apuzzo, a senior striker on the right wing, as well as Mike Clarke as his opposite. In fact, Uhrlin said the two are so dynamic that, eventually, he could go to a 4-5-1 to catch opponents off guard down the road.

"They are talented, flexible players," Uhrlin said of his duo. "Brett Connors and Apuzzo are very explosive and can have short bursts."

Connors is a little taller and skinnier than Apuzzo. He scored 10 goals last season, and the rookie coach is expecting that from him again. The new coach did say he said he needs to help them how to work together, how stay close to each other on the field

"For example, if we have someone coming from behind, we have to have them come from behind and play the ball."

On the defensive line, Kevin Quindlen was a player Uhrlin highlighted immediately. Quindlen was a factor in the team's preseason games, and he and Josh Dugas are the ones expected to keep the defensive line in tact.

"I have to give him credit," Uhrlin said of Quindlen. "He's had his head high. He doesn't give up. He's a fast recoverer. Josh Dugas is also strong in the back there."

The team of 20 will be led by co-captain Kevin Young, who Uhrlin said has fantastic technical skills and an even better soccer brain.

"He doesn't yet have all the speed under his feet, but he is so smart," the coach said.

And Sean Kelly will keep the team going. And going ... and going. A defensive-mid, Uhrlin said in all his coaching experience he doesn't know if he's seen anyone work as hard as Kelly does

"He seems to run a marathon during a game, and that's needed," Uhrlin said. "He's a dirty guy back there, if you understand my language. You need a guy like him in a 4-4-2 format."

St. Luke's will get challenges all around the league, again, this season. Perhaps they'll be pinned as an easy W for some, as Agyapong is now gone and a new coach can sometimes signal a year of transition, or a down ye ar.

But that may not be the case for the Storm. The way Uhrlin has lined up it's team, it's as if he's preparing them for steadiness.

The rule will be to not be beaten in the backfield. A couple of sophomore goalies -- Jake Hamill and Peter Bretschneider -- are still battling out for the starting job. It's possible, Uhrlin said, that both will split time in the first and second half for a few games into the season.

The goalie issue should be somewhat muted if the defense lives up to what Uhrlin spoke about in the preseason. There doesn't appear to be a lack of talent there, at the very least, so that's a good sign.

St. Luke's gets its first test on Tuesday, when it travels to Hamden Hall.

The first home game doesn't arrive until Oct. 2, when Forman will come to take on the Storm.

It's good feelings all around the program, as it looks for an identity in the post-Agyapong era.

With Uhrlin, it may have found the right coach to do just that.