2017 Berkshire County boys soccer previews
Last year: 15-2-4, lost in Western Mass. D-IV finals
Coach: Matt Cote (1st year)
Key returnees: Matt Tibbetts, Sr. GK; Nic Baruch, Sr. F; Mike Abdalla, Sr. F
Outlook: The Millionaires return locked and loaded after making the 2016 Western Mass. championship game. Across the board, first-year coach Matt Cote has experience to rely on. Up top, Baruch and Abdalla were a potent 1-2 punch and will bring plenty of offense back this year. In goal, Matt Tibbetts returns and gives his team a great security blanket. Around them, coach Cote thinks his players can play in multiple positions. Senior classmates Ian Laurin, Zi Santos, Matt Heim, Nick Monteleone, Noah Kalischer-Coggins and Alec Jordan will help make Lenox a senior-laden unit. Heim can anchor the back unit, while Santos played out wide on offense and defense last season and Laurin is another creative spark in the midfield. Keveen Delgado and J.T. Novitsky are two sophomores who got playing time in 2016.
Last year: 10-8-2, lost in Western Mass. D-III quarterfinals
Coach: Matt Naventi (7th year)
Key returnees: Kevin Kelly, Sr. GK; Costa Cami, Sr. D; Tristan Alston, Sr. D
Outlook: Coach Naventi welcomes back his defensive line and his goalie this year, setting up a strong foundation for the Spartans to work off of. Kelly will be the man between the sticks, and Kosta Cami and Tristan Alston will help anchor the defense in front of Kelly. Robert Baldwin looks set for a move into midfield and will help link the defense and attack. Up front, Naventi says he has five or six guys that can provide offense, but is also hoping that the defense is more "Monument-esque" this year in terms of stopping goals from going in. Monument has a big incoming freshman class, and Naventi said that they will get chances to make their marks.
Last year: 3-11-2
Coach: Blair Dils (19th year)
Key returnees: Sam Dils, Sr. F; Brady Foehl, Sr. MF; Ric Donati, Sr. D
Outlook: After having last year wiped out due to a penalty from fielding an ineligible player, the Mounties enter 2017 ready to put that behind them and get back to business. Coach Blair Dils said that the topic hasn't come up in camp, and he thinks that's a good thing. The captains of Sam Dils, Brady Foehl and Ric Donati will anchor the offense, midfield and defense, respectively. Sam Edge returns in goal for his second year, and the senior has been steadily improving according to his coach. Quinn Johnstadt will be another key offensive weapon for the Mounties to utilize, junior Luke Swann will have an important role to play in the midfield and classmate Will Reynolds will step in as a central defender.
Last year: 10-4-6, lost in Western Mass. D-I semifinals
Coach: Andrew Antil (9th year)
Key returnees: Max Whalen, Sr. MF; Sam Higuera, Jr. MF; Patrick Silva, Jr. D
Outlook: The Generals lost 13 seniors from last year's team, but have talent back to plug the gaps and keep moving forward. Captains Max Whalen and Sam Higuera will figure prominently into the team, with Whalen able to play across the pitch while Higuera will help bring an offensive spark. Patrick Silva and Hedi Abderrahim will help to anchor the defense. Christian Mendez and Carter Matthews will help fill the offensive void lost by graduation and will help Higuera on the attack. In goal, Avi Snowise steps in as the starter after leading the JV unit last season. Kevin Amenlemah was a fringe player last season, but will get increased time this year and his speed will help the Generals.
Last year: 4-12-0
Coach: John Kovacs (30th year)
Key returnees: Anthony DonDiego, Sr. GK; Chad Howes, Jr. F; Cole Accardi, Sr. MF
Outlook: The Warriors will be a mix of upperclassmen and underclassmen this year, with experience dotted around the field for coach John Kovacs. The return of Anthony DonDiego in goal gives Wahconah some serious experience between the sticks, while in front of him senior classmate Brent Sinopoli will anchor the defense. Nick Schneider, another senior, will play on the right, and another senior, Cole Accardi, will anchor the midfield. Up top, Chad Howes returns to lead the line, and Pedro Santos and Colby Lennon will cycle in. Ethan Wesley, a junior, returns in the midfield, while Joe Willson and Joey Woronick will play as the fullbacks. Kevin Huban will see time as a left halfback, and sophomore classmate Jack Pudlo will play as a fullback.
Last year: 14-3-3, lost in Western Mass. D-III quarterfinals
Coach: John Jacobbe (3rd year)
Key returnees: Jon Boland, Sr. F; Reece Racette, Jr. MF; Danny Alvarez, Sr. D
Outlook: After taking plenty of teams by surprise last season, the Blue Devils will have more of a target on their back in 2017. The 1-2 punch of Jon Boland and Reece Racette return after leading the team in scoring last season, and their goals will be important as Drury looks to defend its Berkshire South title. Danny Alvarez returns to anchor the defense, and Connor Clark is also back in the midfield. Coach John Jacobbe said his team has good strength through the middle. Max Daugherty and Corbin Rumbolt will both battle for the starting goalkeeper position. Senior Jordan Todd will help on defense, and classmate Chad Lawrence and Mitch Anderson will help out in the middle of the park. Junior Cove Masse returns after missing most of last year with an injury.
Last year: 5-8-1
Coach: Blair Mahar (1st year)
Key returnees: Jake Halverson, Jr. MF; Jaydin Cooper, Fr. GK; Paolo Kareh, Jr. MF
Outlook: The Hurricanes lost some serious senior leadership from last season, leaving first-year coach Blair Mahar with a bit of work to do. With 14 on the varsity roster plus two floaters, the Hurricanes are thin on numbers this season. Freshman goalie Jaydin Cooper returns after playing last season, and he has Josh Paree back to lead the defense in front of him. Jake Halverson comes back, and is the team's leading scorer returning for 2017. Paolo Kareh is also back in the midfield and can pick out a pass. Jake Galipeo, Braidee Green and Ryan Wilczak are the three seniors for Hoosac this season.
Last year: 12-5-2, lost in Western Mass. D-IV quarterfinals
Coach: Josh King (3rd year)
Key returnees: Patrick Silk, Jr. GK; Cavan Brady, Sr. MF; Jimmy Gulotta, Sr. D
Outlook: With over 30 kids in the program, the Eagles have good numbers this year. Coach King is losing a key attacker and defender, but has a returning goalie to rely on in Silk. Cavan Brady will control the midfield and provide a strong leadership presence for Mount Everett, and Jimmy Gulotta is another veteran presence for the Eagles to rely on. Anthony Lupiani and Brendan Dempsey will help make up the offensive load this year, and Nikos Casivant will step up into a bigger role for the team.
Last year: 4-12-1
Coach: Shaun Stannard (1st year)
Key returnees: Colin Connors, Sr. MF; Anthony Arace, Sr. MF; Justin Zwirba, Sr. D
Outlook: First-year coach Shaun Stannard gets his first varsity coaching gig after holding several JV positions over the years. A Taconic graduate himself, Stannard is excited to help build up the Braves program. Stannard has a big senior class to help him in his first year, led by captain Colin Connors, who will anchor the midfield. Anthony Arace and Abdul Ahmed are also back in the midfield, and Justin Zwirba will help the defense while Kyle Stasiewski will help up front. Colby Sherman steps up as the goalie this year after not playing last year. Augustine Asumadu is a former St. Joseph player who will help in attack. Freshman Ben Vengalil will get his chances to help the team in the midfield.
Last year: 4-11-3
Coach: Tom Bona (5th year)
Key returnees: Nate Sartori, Sr. D; Ryan Sharon, Sr. MF; Josh Favre, Sr. F
Outlook: The Hornets move to the Bi-County League this year and will see a step up in competition. McCann has 10 seniors in total on the team to help bring the experience. The three captains, Sartori, Sharon and Favre will bring experience in the defense, midfield and attack, respectively. Devon Griswold is back in goal after taking over midway through last year after an injury. Javen Reinhardt and Luke Zelazo are also back to help on defense, Dave Rancourt will help in midfield and attack, and Mike Wojtaszek will also help the offense.
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