Eagles working hard for special season
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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Anthony Bainbridge is one of several players returning for Bohemia Manor.