For Windham boys' soccer, 2011-12 is a rebuilding year

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Windham - posted Tue., Oct. 11, 2011
Goalkeeper Roberto Gonzalez takes possession of the ball for Windham. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Goalkeeper Roberto Gonzalez takes possession of the ball for Windham. Photos by Melanie Savage.

It’s a rebuilding year for the Windham High School varsity boys’ soccer team. After posting a 9-6-1 record for 2010-11, the team lost a whopping 14 seniors. Their one remaining starter, Alejandro Gonzalez, is a senior this year and shaping up to be the team’s offensive leader and top scorer, with six goals racked up so far. His brother Roberto is the team’s starting goalie.

“We’re doing pretty well after losing all those seniors,” said Alejandro Gonzalez, of the first half of the current season.

“We knew it would be tough,” added Tim Bright, Alejandro Gonzalez’ co-captain, who plays mid-field defense. “I think it’s gone pretty well so far.”

The team had a 3-3-2 record by mid-season. “We’ve been very competitive,” said head coach Kevin Kimlingen. “Our top goal is to make the state tournament.” Heading into an Oct. 8 game against Lyman Memorial, the team needed two more wins and a tie to meet that goal.

Suiting up for the game, the players sported armbands in recognition of their teammate, Steven Nawjlek, a freshman starter who began to experience dizziness during practice two weeks ago. The coach sent him home, and a subsequent doctor’s visit revealed a brain thrombosis that required surgery. “He’s a very good player, a very good kid,” said Kimlingen. “Fortunately, he’s doing much better than expected. The doctors say he should have no trouble playing next year.”

The Lyman game ended in a tie at 0-0, leaving Windham looking for two more wins to make the state tournament. Catch Windham at home against New London on Oct. 18, beginning at 3:45 p.m. For a full season schedule, go to www.casciac.org.

The seniors on the Windham High School varsity boys’ soccer team are Tim Bright, Alejandro Gonzalez, Roberto Gonzalez, Mike McMurro and Brandon Bassett. The assistant coach is Don Collins, and the team manager is Mikailla Martingano.


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