Johnsburgh varsity boys run drills during their last practice before games begin Sept. 7.
SCHEDULE: BOYS SOCCER
Sept. 7: A: @ North Warren, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 9: A: @ Schroon Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 12: H: Crown Point, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 14: H: Wells, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 19: A: @ Keene, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 26: H: Indian L./Long L., 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 28: A: @ Min./Newcomb, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 30: H: Schroon Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 4: A: @ Crown Point, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 6: A: @ Wells, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 8: A: @ Old Forge Tourney, TBA
Oct. 9: A: @ Old Forge Tourney, TBA
Oct. 11: H: Keene, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 13: H: Old Forge, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 18: A: @ Indian L./Long L., 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 20: H: Minerva/Newcomb, 4:30 p.m.
Fielding his smallest varsity soccer squad in his seven-year tenure as coach, Russell Moro said his team lost many players to graduation.
The varsity boys will face North Warren in their first game of the season shortly after the News Enterprise heads to the presses Sept. 7.
The team last year, led by key players including Kevin Conner, Sean O’Neill and Dylan Wolfe, racked up a final tally of 14-4.
Jaguar coach Russell Moro said that an individually-focused vision isn't his goal, however.
“Every player on our team is a key player, and each is essential to the overall development and success of the team,” he said. “Our success this year will be determined in large measure by how many players understand this and play to it.”
Moro said training and dedication are key to the team’s success this season. Stern’s barks to his team on the practice field were dense with technical maneuver instructions and orders to keep moving during drills.
The team must commit to playing and developing the skills they need to win on the field, said Moro.
“As a team, we will go as far as our players – individually and collectively — commit to taking it,” he said. “If we play to our potential, it will be far; if we don’t, it won’t.”