The boys soccer team not only returns with many numbers but also with two talented exchange students from South America. After graduating a significant number of starters last year, we looked to be rebuilding. However, with a large freshmen class to help fill the ranks, Coach Joe Stinson feels we should start off stronger than anticipated.
This year, we have only two seniors, goalie Ethan Shepard and forward Liam Griffith. The bulk of the experience will come from the players in the junior class. The two exchange students, Arthur Peixoto from Brazil and Rodrigo Cespedes from Bolivia have shown strong skills and conditioning.
Getting everyone used to working together may take some time, though we looked much better in the second half of the home opener against Schenck. Junior Steve Cochrane showcased his speed and drew a lot of attention from Schenck.
The boys lost to Schenck 3-1 in their first game. We weren’t able to have a strong showing in the offensive end in the first half, trailing 2-0. We looked much better in the second half, and Cochrane scored a goal unassisted as he outmaneuvered the defense. Our defense tightened up and protected goalie Shepard better as well.
Schenck was very well organized and was a good test for us. Last year’s players need to step up into the leadership roles left from the graduating class and also help the six freshmen get up to the speed of varsity play. Looking ahead, with Coach Stinson’s emphasis on team play, this team should pull together quickly and compete with the teams they face. We should be able to repeat last year’s success and make the playoffs again.