Senior-Heavy Soccer Team Starts Season

The boys varsity soccer team had a fantastic year last year, winning their area and advancing all the way to the final four of the state playoffs. Although the team lost productive seniors such as Billy Tutt and Will Brewster, the team still has its core returning and has refilled any holes that existed. Senior James Rushton, future U Penn player, captain, and the team’s anchor in the midfield, returns for his final season along with seniors Ricardo Goellnicht, Brett Klugman, John Hoffman, Connor Kennelly, Matt O’Brien, Josh Williams, and Andrew Harton. Many of these players, especially Ricardo on the offensive end, made significant contributions last year. This experience and veteran leadership is the reason that many people on campus believe that this team can go just as far this year. “I am optimistic about getting back to the same place this year” said Matt, who plays as a defender.

However, what makes this team so outstanding is that this experience and talent goes beyond the senior class. Junior Sajat Rabbani has been contributing to the team since he entered high school and is now one of the major offensive threats on the team. Sophomore William Rushton and freshman Josh Blank both bring fresh talent to the team and will be gaining valuable experience as members of the varsity team this year.

Even with such a talented roster, the boys soccer team will face a tough challenge going deep in the state tournament. “We had a facelift on defense,” said Matt, noting that the defense, which was especially senior-heavy a year ago, will need to prove itself and step up to the challenge. Also, the team will be facing many other strong teams in their area and Class A. “It’s going to be hard because we will have to face good teams like Paideia and Aquinas,” said Matt. Regardless of the challenges, the boys team has the potential to excel in every aspect of the game this year and make a formidable run in state again.

By James Walsh, Staff Writer ’12

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