Matt Savarie led Schroon Lake in assists last season. He returns in 2011 for the Wildcats.
Sept. 7.....at Hadley Luzerne
Sept. 14...Indian Lake/Long Lake
Sept. 19...at Minerva/Newcomb
Sept. 26...at Wells
Sept. 28...at Crown Point
Sept. 30...at Johnsburg
Oct. 6......at Indian Lake/Long Lake
Oct. 13....at Keene
Oct. 20....Crown Point
This could be a very good season for the Schroon Lake boys soccer team.
The Wildcats return 13 players — including an all-star goalie, their leading soccer and the top player — from last year’s 10-5 squad.
Coach Lee Silvernail is counting on veterans at every position as Schroon Lake, a long-time member of the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference, begins play in the new Section VII Conference. The ‘Cats will play in Division III with Crown Point, Indian Lake/Long Lake, Johnsburg, Keene, Minerva/Newcomb and Wells.
Leading the club will be senior goalkeeper Justin Wachowski. A year ago he was selected as an MVAC all star for his play between the pipes.
Jesse Shaughnessy, who led Schroon with 14 goals in 2010, returns to the forward line. He’s joined by veterans Ian Williams, Luc Wilson, Jimmy Bowen and Joe DeZalia. Justin Lough is new at forward.
Matt Savarie, who paced Schroon Lake in assists last season, returns to the midfield along with veterans Jeffrey Armstrong, Matt Filler and John Lough. Rookies Bobby Rose and Eric Paradis will also see action at midfield.
Mitchell Beers, Nate Wilson and Mat Goodrow give the Wildcats experience on defense. They’re joined by newcomers Caleb Maisonville, Dan Maisonville and Travis Hood.
“Our strength will be senior all star goalie Justin Wachowski; he’s out last line of defense,” Silvernail said. “Mitchell Beers will be a defensive leader and someone I can always count on to be a solid player."
“Matt savarie will control the tempo and set up scoring opportunities for our forwards. Matt is also a threat to score the ball from anywhere in our offensive half,” the coach continued. “Jesse Shaughnessy will look to improve on last season and continue to be a scoring threat.”
A key to Schroon’s success will will the play of Armstrong.
“He’ll be asked to play a lot of different roles this year,” Silvernail said. “He is a very physical player, who is talented and valuable on both ends of the field.”