Grace Paparo and Lily Loewenguth
Boys soccer has welcomed many new players, which was needed this year after losing nine of eleven starters last year. Each player has gained a lot of valuable skills over these past couple weeks of their season. With the boys ranked third in their league, so their biggest rivals are the two teams ranked above them: East Syracuse-Minoa at 1, and Fulton at 2. They have to work hard to be able to defeat them. “In order to prepare for these big games the team discusses what worked and didn’t work on the field and use that as guidance on how they should play in the following games,” says Head Coach Dan Law.
The season started out rocky, losing to two tough teams, Christan Brothers Academy and Fayetteville-Manlius in the first two games. Seniors and captains Nico Modesti and Kellen Mulvihill agree that the season started rough, but the team found their chemistry. Both players believe they will win the sectional championship this year. They have maintained a strong defense and the team is “pulling off some great games” such as Auburn and Central Square, said Mulvihill.
Coach Law says his goals for the team are to always have fun, work hard and get better. “My measurement of the team has always been that if they’re working hard and having fun, wins and losses and goals don’t really matter all that much to me, as long as the team is working hard and doing the best they and can leave it on the field,” He said.
A big success accomplished they had was on Sept. 23. The varsity and junior varsity boys soccer teams competed against Fulton in the eighth annual Sally A. Lock Coaches vs. Cancer charity game. The charity soccer game started in 2010 after Coach Paul Krause’s sister, Mrs. Lock was diagnosed with Stage Four ovarian cancer for the second time after defeating it in 2007. She died in the winter of 2010 after her long battle. The boys raised $2,552 the first charity game but each year the amount increases. This year they set the record by raising $5,450. Although both the junior varsity and varsity lost in the charity game this year JV Coach, Paul Krause was extremely happy with the amount of money that is going towards this organization this year.