Ea­gles work­ing hard for spe­cial sea­son

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By SEAN GROGAN

sgro­gan@ce­cil­whig.com

A sea­son ago, the Bo­hemia Manor boys’ soc­cer team dou­bled its win to­tal from the pre­vi­ous cam­paign.

Now in his sec­ond year as head coach, Tyler Tu­low­itzky looks to con­tinue the up­ward trend. He feels his play­ers are also on board.

“A strength of this team is that they’re all will­ing to work hard to do some­thing spe­cial this year,” Tu­low­itzky said. “A lot of guys have been on this team where it’s been a low time for the pro­gram. I think with the ma­tu­rity of the older guys and some of the new guys step­ping in to fill some of the holes, I think there’s a will­ing­ness to work hard.”

The big­gest hole to fill is left in net, where All-County goal­tender Gabe Shertz made 110 saves and stopped 84 per­cent of the shots he faced.

The Ea­gles will turn to sopho­more Matt Lynn to fill the void, who started in goal for the JV squad last year.

“He’s going to be great in net for us this year,” Tu­low­itzky said. “He def­i­nitely makes the saves that Gabe made last year, and even bet­ter at times – even Gabe’s ad­mit­ted that. We’re just look­ing for con­sis­tency from him and I think we’re going to see a good sea­son from Matt. He’s going to be a good player for our team.”

Robby Mes­sick and Chris Bainbridge each made Al­lCounty as a ju­nior and sopho­more, re­spec­tively. But Tu­low­itzky in­sists his team does not have a stand­out.

“We were talk­ing in prac­tice that we don’t have any key play­ers. I couldn’t give you four or five key play­ers,” he said. “We have 28 key play­ers, and that in­cludes JV as well. Ev­ery­one is work­ing to bet­ter our pro­gram. We’re not going to win be­cause one guy did some­thing, we’re going to win be­cause we worked as a team.”

Tu­low­itzky added that Bo Manor will play a ‘quick, pre­cise and de­tailed sys­tem.’ He’s con­vinced his play­ers know it well, as long as they re­main con­cen­trated on it.

“That’s a big part of what we’ve talked about in prac­tice, con­cen­trat­ing on ev­ery­thing that we do. When you start fo­cus­ing on other things, you lose your tech­nique and that’s when bad things start to hap­pen,” Tu­low­itzky said. “Keep­ing con­cen­tra­tion through­out the en­tire sea­son will be key. We’ll win our games in prac­tice, not dur­ing our ac­tual games. I can al­ways de­ter­mine how well we’ll do the next day in a game based on how we prac­tice.”

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CECIL WHIG FILE PHOTO

An­thony Bainbridge is one of sev­eral play­ers re­turn­ing for Bo­hemia Manor.

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