The Bolton High School 2013 Varsity Boys Soccer Team includes (front, left to right): Jacob VanAuken, James Rieter, Mike Smith, Corey VanAuken, Jake Beebe, Tyler Dawson, Joe Saleh, (rear): Tyler Moseman, J.P. Parker, Jack Hughes, Josh Persons, Alex Maxam, Carson Fitzgerald, Andy Kirk, Colin Dowd, Joe Connery, and Blake Nelson. (Not pictured): Iam Maxwell.
It’s a rebuilding year for the Bolton Central School Varsity Boys Soccer Team, according to award-winning coach Francisco Roca.
Vying for a title in the highly-competitive Adirondack League, the Bolton team finished last year with a record of 10 wins and 6 losses.
Graduating in June were a large number of experienced and talented Seniors — including standouts Dustin French, Erick Onjack and Carl Ciccarelli. The team’s remaining players along with new recruits will have to fill their roles.
Low numbers and lack of experience are the two big obstacles that the Eagles are facing this season, Roca said.
“Colin Dowd is the one returning player with plenty of Varsity experience, and the team will need his leadership to be competitive,” Roca said, noting that Seniors Andy Kirk, Josh Persons and Alex Maxam will have to contribute in both scoring and defense as well.
“If the team comes together quickly, a .500 record should be considered a success,” said Roca, who is known to be modest through the years about his various teams’ prospects.
Area sports observers note that Roca, named regional Coach of the Year in 2009 for his work in building championship-level teams at Bolton Central, will be developing talent and skills in his athletes, and the 2013 soccer team will likely have considerable success.