EHHS boys' soccer team struggles with uneven performances

By Frances Taylor - Staff Writer
East Hartford - posted Fri., Oct. 7, 2011
A Hornets player launches the ball down the field. Photos by Frances Taylor.
A Hornets player launches the ball down the field. Photos by Frances Taylor.

On the bright fall afternoon of Oct. 6, the East Hartford High School boys’ soccer team hosted South Windsor High School for a home game. Hornets boys’ soccer has had several successful seasons in the past few years, and this year is expected to be the same. However, the team has struggled during the first six games, and has not yet found its footing.

Coach Brendan Boyd watched from the sidelines. He was not always happy with what he saw, and he lets the players know it. Boyd is in his eighth season of coaching the boys’ varsity team, and he has been down this road many times before. His assistant coach is Mike Vendetti.

With only a handful of returning players, much of the team is new and still learning how to play together and communicate with each other, Boyd said, which the coach often reminds them to do from the sidelines. Before the Oct. 6 match, the team’s record was 2-3, with one tie game.

“It’s been up and down,” Boyd said during the half-time break. We're a young team – we did not have a lot of returnees this year, and the lack of experience is kind of killing us right now.”

The Hornets made it into the state finals last year, and there is plenty of time for them to do it again this year. “It’s been hard to get them to play together, but they are getting stronger all the time,” Boyd said. “It’s just growing pains right now, and we have to go through those stages.” The growing pains continued, as East Hartford lost the game to South Windsor, 6-1.

This year's team captains are Renzo Orellana and Julian Cuervo. Cuervo acknowledged that the team needed to work together. “We have a lot of potential; we just have to play for each other, start playing more together,” he said.

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