CHESTERTOWN - John Remington and Jeff Lemelson, teammates on North Warren's championship 2007 soccer team, recently stood on the sidelines and watched their 2010 counterparts practice.
"Stay with it, Joe," Lemelson yelled.
"You've got to push players to get them to perform," Remington explained.
In recent years, the North Warren soccer team has performed remarkably well, despite the school's small enrollment - then in 2009, the team fell short of their goals.
But this year, having lost only two 2009 seniors to graduation, the Cougars have a majority of their battle-scarred players back.
Among the standout returnees is top scorer Garth Griffen, a center-midfielder and striker; and Kristian Seeley, a junior who's been playing varsity for three years.
Also, there's Benn Frasier, who is both big and strong. Coach Jason Humiston, responsible for building North Warren's outstanding soccer program, said he'll be counting on Frasier for leadership this year.
"We have a lot of seniors ready to step up," he said. "Also, we are solid on defense," he said.
Another asset of the 2010 team, is the players are multi-talented, Humiston said.
"Our team has a lot of interchangeability," he said. "Most all of them can play in a lot of different positions, and we have quite a few 'team players.'"
Taking a break from barking orders to soccer players on the practice field, Humiston talked of the season's prospects.
"We look pretty good," he said. "We'll be decent - We can compete every night, and we'll be looking to do some damage in Sectionals."
North Warren Central
2010 Varsity Boys Soccer schedule
Sept. 3 Johnsburg Central Home 10 a.m.
Sept. 13 Hadley-Luzerne Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 15 Salem Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 17 Corinth Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 20 Warrensburg Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 22 Fort Ann Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 27 Lake George Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 29 Argyle Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 1 Hadley-Luzerne Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 4 Corinth Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 6 Warrensburg Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 13 Hartford Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 15 Bolton Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 18 Lake George Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 20 Johnsburg Away 4:15 p.m
Oct. 22 Lge. Chmpshps/Crossover TBA