Boys’ soccer kicks off at Windsor High

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 14, 2011
Windsor's Mike Phang drives downfield against Windsor Locks in a pre-season scrimmage. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor's Mike Phang drives downfield against Windsor Locks in a pre-season scrimmage. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Sept. 9, clear skies and temperatures in the 70s provided perfect soccer weather for the Windsor High School boys’ preseason scrimmage against Windsor Locks. Led by captain Tyler Lacafta and seniors Matt Marcelino, Brian Canoni, Fabio Carvalho and Jevon Chamber, the Warriors fell to WLHS, 3-2, in an evenly-matched offensive duel.

Returning after a 5-9-3 season in 2010, the Warriors, led by head coach Peter Lepak and assistants JaRice Manson and Chris Lepak, are preparing for the schedule ahead. “This year, our goal is to qualify for the state tournament,” Peter Lepak said. “We have many talented players, but we are very young and inexperienced. We lack size, as well, but if we can play as a unit, and keep possession, we should be able to play in many tight games.”

Windsor faces stiff competition. “We always play our best games versus Weaver,” the coach said. “They are our neighboring town, many of the players in past years have known each other, and their coaches and I are close friends, so it always turns into a battle on the field.”

“We lost 13 seniors last year to graduation,” Lepak said about the rebuilding challenges facing the soccer program, which has a strong legacy in town. “Of those 13, three went on to play in college. Bilal Afolabi made the CCSU team, Alex Sedergren is playing at Castleton State College, and CJ Brooks is playing with Hofstra.”

With talent at each position, Lepak touched on a few players to watch. “With the loss of All-Conference forward Bilal Afolabi, Mike Phang will have to create more opportunities and increase his finishing, giving Windsor a chance in close games,” Lepak said. “Sophomores Tyler Lacafta and Justin Nguyen in the midfield will be tough to beat. Amani Perchad is a very technical sophomore defender; he’ll need to be more aggressive to stop the scoring chances of stronger teams like Wethersfield and Glastonbury.”

Warrior fans can support the team by coming out for the fifth annual Pasta Dinner/Raffle at Windsor High School on Sept. 30 at 6 p.m. A complete game schedule is available online at

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