Boys Soccer Previews
• Coach: Paul Duddy (13 seasons) • Last year’s record: 14-4-3 overall, (9-2-3 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Brian Zolot, Michael McCullough, Dylan Eiger, Matt Ross, Drew Lightfoot, Ryan Langton, Curtis Washburn
• Key returnees: Seniors – Matt Robinson, Sean Gorman, Alex Evans, Zach Miller, Jamie Bonner, Jeff Russell
• Others to watch: Senior – Riley Gaibler; Juniors – Dylan McMahon, Tim Langton
• Strengths: The Knights are encouraged by the mix of talent and experience in the attacking third and the defensive third.
• Question marks: There is a chance that it will take a few games to find the lineup that works the best. The Knights are still trying to find the proper mix of players to fill out the midfield.
• Outlook: Led by one of the best players in the area Matt Robinson, the Knights are hoping to win the league championship. The talent level is deep and the Knights are one of four or five teams that are in the mix for the title.
• Coach: Peter Valimont (five seasons)
• Last year’s record: 4-14 overall (3-11 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Mike Gaito, Jacob Stear, Scott Moyer
• Key returnees: Seniors – Ian McKelvey, Joe Masgai; Juniors – Kris Gross, Zach Jarrett
• Others to watch: Juniors – Adam Gebert, Justin Csaszar; Sophomore – Henry Savage
• Strengths: The Rams picked up a lot of experience last year and the speed they return bodes well for 2012. Coach Valimont is also excited about the improvements goalie Zach Jarrett has made and the valuable depth behind him.
• Question marks: The Rams schedule is not easy and they will be tested early and often. The big concern is whether or not they can stay positive if they hit a few early speed bumps.
• Outlook: First and foremost, coach Valimont just wants his team to enjoy the game. But the goals of competing for league championship and earning a district playoff appearance remain important.
• Coach: Tom Quintois (13 seasons) • Last year’s record: 11-6-4 overall • Notable losses: Lasana Dukuly, Max Nebenhadl, Eric Riegler, Rob Schaefer, Andrew Stacy, Neil McGarry, Luke Hartzell
• Key returnees: Seniors – Ryan Molyneaux, Jeff Wolf, Tyler Afflerbach, Elijah Pizzo, Tyler MacDougall, Matt Hayden, Trey Ziegler, Wilson Gonzalez, Alex Pinkney; Juniors – Nick Stulb, Adam Strogis; Sophomores – Tylor Stroszeski, Chadd Ziegler
• Others to watch: Senior – Evan Kerr; Junior – Jordan Rawa; Sophomore – Sameer Patel
• Strengths: The Indians feel they are very skilled and very organized. Their deep run in the District One playoffs a season ago has this experienced team motivated and ready to build on last year’s success.
• Question marks: Replacing the graduated players needs to be figured out in the early part of the season. They took their biggest hit on defense, specifically with the loss of leader and defensive back Eric Reigler.
• Outlook: Coach Quintois said,” Our league is as good as ever and we look forward to the challenge of our difficult schedule.”
• Coach: Joe Crumlish (nine seasons)
• Last year’s record: 7-7 overall (5-32 in the ACCAC)
• Notable losses: Nate Bergey (goalie), David Massanga (striker)
• Key returnees: Senior – J.R. Kicinski (forward)
• Others to watch: Senior – Tyler Nichols (midfield)
• Strengths: The Warriors expect
their midfield to control possession and set the tempo in each game. Not only is their midfield full of talented players, but leaders.
• Question marks: Coach Crumlish is unsure on what kind of production his forward will give him this season. He is still looking for a higher finishing rate. They are hopefully they will find their go-to goal scorers early in the season.
• Outlook: The Warriors are excited to play in the reshaped ACCAC. Now that the 10-time defending champs of Faith Christian are no longer in the league, the Warriors hope to make a push for a league championship.
• Coach: Matt Moyer (10 seasons) • Last year’s record: 9-8-2 overall (7-2-1 in the Bicentennial League)
• Notable losses: Brooke Moyer, Cody Caroff
• Key returnees: Seniors – Jonathan Bishop, Robby Johnson, Matt Beljan, Zach Rice, Christian Landis
• Others to watch: Senior – Ryan Thomas; Juniors – Ryan Moyer, Logan Hunsberger
• Strengths: The Pioneers bring back the majority of the starting lineup, plus a few players that saw an extended period of time off the bench. The experience is something coach Moyer sees as invaluable.
• Question marks: In order for the Pioneers to have the type of season they are expecting they need to stay fit. Health issues could deteriorate the possibilities for this talented team.
• Outlook: Coach Moyer said, “With the experience returning we are looking to be competitive in the league, district and the state competition.”
• Coach: Ryan Clymer (eight seasons)
• Last year’s record: 17-1-2 overall (10-0 in the ACCAC)
• Notable losses: Justin Festa, Doug Cordi, Dave Gianini, Ethan Toomey
• Key returnees: Seniors – Thomas Tydeman, Cameron McDonald, Ben Maurer; Junior – Dylan Papiernik
• Others to watch: Juniors – Elijah Bartholomew, Sam Bloxam
• Strengths: The Lions like the way their offense controls the game. Their ability to possess and attack should be a valuable strength, especially if they find an early goal. They should be able to set the tempo.
• Question marks: Including a new goalie the entire defense has a new look. There are questions to see how they can gel and perform against the new level of competition they will face on the schedule this season.
• Outlook: The first year in the Bicentennial League should be an interesting one for the Lions. After dominating the ACCAC, the will need to find out quickly if they can compete for a league title. They also have their goals set on winning the District One title and securing state playoff appearance.
• Coach: Joe Wilson (six seasons) • Last year’s record: 7-8-2 overall (7-5-1 in the Philadelphia Catholic League)
• Notable losses: Brendan Pinder (midfielder), Cameron Takemori (goalie)
• Key returnees: Seniors – Alex Manzo, Matt Hull, Dan McMenamin, Bobby Kelly
• Others to watch: Seniors – Chris Quasti, Alex Downey, Zach Neri; Junior – Michael Lewis
• Strengths: The large junior class excites the Crusaders. Out of the 17 juniors, most of them have varsity experience. They also return seven seniors, all with strong leadership qualities.
• Question marks: The Crusaders lost their three-year starting goalie to graduation and their leading goal scorer. Those are two key players whose absence that will need to be filled by newcomers.
• Outlook: Coach Wilson said, “I like our experience. It is the most returning varsity players that I have had and we have been in the playoffs the last two seasons. We are looking to advance past the quarterfinals in the league.” The Crusaders had their season at that juncture the past two seasons.”
• Coach: Kyle McGrath (four seasons)
• Last year’s record: 7-9-2 overall (6-6-2 in the Suburban One Continental Conference)
• Notable losses: Ryan Smith, Ryan New, Chris Russomano, Paul Haggerty
• Key returnees: Seniors – Jeff O’Brien, Timmy O’Neill, Sasha Malofiy; Juniors – Chris Hobbs, Phil Torresani
• Others to watch: Seniors - Tyler Milewski; Junior – Trot Eutermoser; Sophomores – Dante D’Alonzo, Corey Milewski
• Strengths: The Hatters are hungry to improve on their seven-win season from a year ago. They bring energy to the field every time they take it and their youthfulness makes it an enjoyable time for all.
• Outlook: Coach McGrath said, “After losing 10 seniors to graduation there are a lot of open spots to be sorted out in preseason. The boys have a positive outlook on the season and have been working hard to compete in a very difficult league.”