Boys’ soccer starts new season at Suffield High School
By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Suffield - posted Thu., Sep. 8, 2011
Division M boys’ soccer powerhouse Suffield High School played a preseason scrimmage Aug. 31 against West Springfield, Mass. Back for his ninth season, head coach Mark Beigel and assistants Mike Johnson, Mark Cervione and Craig Hunter got their first glimpse of the team’s competitive edge.
“My goal from year to year is always the same,” Beigel said, “to field a team that works hard, represents the school and community in a positive manner, and learns the value of teamwork and dedication.”
After an impressive 12-2-3 season in 2010, Beigel is looking toward captains Jake Picard, Shane Keney and Stephen Silva to take on leadership roles. “We have a lot experience. This team competed at a very high level last year and yet finished in second place in NCCC and bowed out early in the state tournament,” Beigel said. “We have learned some tough lessons. The team is motivated and wants to succeed. We are stacked up the middle with our captains Jake, Stephen and Shane. We look to replace two strong defensive leaders and a goalie that let in only two goals last year.”
On a talented roster, Beigel anticipates strong performances from seasoned players. “I expect that all of our seniors continue to mature and contribute to a strong season,” he said. “So far, Jaime Perez [striker] and Alex Biederman [center-mid] have been playing at a much higher level and giving added strength to the middle of the field.”
“The NCCC is one of the toughest leagues in Connecticut,” the coach commented. “Avon, Ellington, Granby and Somers all have many returnees and will be difficult. It’s hard to say we have specific rivals when so many of our games are such battles. However, Ellington has had our number for many years. Last season we beat them for the first time since the 2006 playoffs.”
In adherence with CIAC academic eligibility guidelines, SHS soccer has a strong history of scholastic and athletic prowess. “Many of our seniors rank high in their class, and we have several players that fall in the top 10 percentages,” Beigel said.
A full schedule is available at www.casciac.org.