LAKE GEORGE - For years, the Lake George soccer team has been a dominant force in the Adirondack League. Two years ago, the squad careened through the season on a 19-game winning streak, obliterating several school records on their way to a Class CC Section II title.
Last year was a frustrating season for veteran coach Blake White. Despite a good roster of returning talent, the team played hard and smart, but often couldn't snag the goals that were within reach. In many games they outshot their opponents by a wide margin, but lost the matchups.
This team, however, won the Western Division of the Adirondack League, and tallied a 10-9 record overall.
The graduation of the 2009 seniors meant the loss of goalie Cameron Dorman and 12 other talented players, White said. For 2010, a mere three veteran players are returning - one junior and two sophomores, he said.
"We've got a whole new crew," White said. "But after two nights of practice, it looks like we definitely have more offense."
Sweeper back David Bruno, a junior, has been moved up front, White said.
"He's gonna make some stuff happen - he's got good moves - he's a fast ball handler - the kid can run forever."
White is also looking for offensive production up front from sophomore Mason Vreugde. Last year as a rookie, Vreudge scored the two - and only - goals in a win against Bolton, which ended up going to the Sectional finals.
"Mason is really shifty and he has a big foot," White said. "He was great as a freshman, but he's now bigger and stronger."
White also has high expectations for his center midfielders, cophomore Carson Lambert and senior Pete Valenti. Lambert has one year of experience, and White said he's a good passer who takes decent shots. Valenti, who played all over the field last year, has an exceptional shot and slick passing, White said.
"Carson and Pete work together well," he said.
Tending the goal will be Ryan Moll, a junior, whose 6'4" height and athleticism should allow him to retrieve opponents shots, White said.
"Ryan can boot the ball and he's pretty aggressive," he said. "We'll be working on developing his hands."
The defense will include Gavin Garry, who moved from the inside to a role as central defender. White said he's looking for Garry to mentor the younger players.
Four of the younger players are apparently going to be starters, and they're pushing the older players to do their best, White said.
"There are no bad feelings about the younger guys starting," he said. "The chemistry on the team is big this year, and everyone's getting along."
The group really enjoys the sport, works hard in practice, and 18 Warrior players attended the week-long soccer camp at St. Lawrence University in July. Brian Stoya, a Lake George sophomore, was awarded most improved player - exemplifying the Warriors' work ethic.
"This is perhaps the most focused group I've ever had," White said. "I'm excited about the team - it's a fun group to be around."
Lake George High School 2010 Varsity Boys Soccer schedule
Sept. 3 6-Way Scrimmage Qbury. 4 p.m.
Sept. 13 World Cup Home 3:45 p.m.
Sept. 15 Argyle Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 17 Hadley-Luzerne Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 20 Corinth Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 22 Hartford Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 24 Warrensburg Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 27 North Warren Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 29 Bolton Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 4 Hadley-Luzerne Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 6 Corinth Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 8 Warrensburg Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 13 Fort Ann Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 15 Salem Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 18 North Warren Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 22 Lge.Chmp/Crssovr TBA TBA