The Willsboro boys varsity soccer team is looking to improve on its 2012 results by climbing up the table in Division II of the Northern Soccer League.
“Our goal is to be competitive within our division,” coach Andy Lee said. “The team wants to give their best effort during each match regardless of the outcome.”
The Warriors will have a strong midfield anchored by Seth Swires and Nick Arnold, who lead a core of experienced players.
“The returning players have a lot of game experience during last season,” Lee said. “We need to improve on our defense where we gave up two goals for every goal we scored and on offense, where we averaged 1.2 goals per game.”
The Warriors roster includes seniors Nick Arnold, Jarrid McVicker and Seth Swires; juniors Nolan Murphy, Jake Hubbard and Justin Mesec; sophomores Zach Pierson, Connor Sheehan, Cole Pierce and Lucas Cross; freshmen Jesse Hearn and Nate Yeager; and eighth grader Paul Fine-Lease.
The Willsboro girls varsity soccer team will look to use the 2013 Northern Soccer League Division II regular season as a proving ground in preparation for sectionals.
“Hopefully, we can be competitive in every game throughout the season,” coach Mike Douglas said. “We play a very tough schedule, but that will help us get better prepared for sectionals. I want our team to get better with each practice and each game so we will be playing our best soccer around sectionals.”
Douglas said that he has been impressed with the work ethic of the team early in the season.
“Our overall team speed is better than is has been the past couple of years,” he said. “Hopefully, we can use that to our advantage. I would like to see continued improvement with possessing the ball and finding open players on our team rather than just kicking the ball. We are headed in the right direction, and the girls are making a conscious effort to improve upon this.”
Douglas added that there are several players that will be vital to the Lady Warriors this season.
“Stephanie Blanchard will be returning to start in the net for us, her third year as a varsity goalie,” he said. “Bridget Moran has a motor that does not stop. We will feed off her energy in the center of the field and look to her for leadership. Gabi Yeager has worked extremely hard to become one of our best players. We will look to her for a little bit of everything. Amanda Henrichs has really good speed and is very aggressive. She has an opportunity to be a very dangerous attacking player for us.”
The Lady Warriors roster includes seniors Kathryn Belzile, Taylor Crowningshield, Bridget Moran, Tiffani Tromblee and Gabi Yeager; juniors Stephanie Blanchard, Rachael Burt, Amanda Henrichs, Andrea O’Hara, Kelsey Sloper and Tory Wade; sophomores Taylor Bigelow and Jillian Dean; and freshman Trina Bigelow.