Lyman boys’ soccer team moves up to class 'M'
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Oct. 11, 2011
The Lyman Memorial High School boys’ varsity soccer team opted to move up into the ECC Medium division this year, despite the loss of 11 seniors at the end of the 2010-11 season.
“It made sense for the program,” said Lyman Athletic Director (and boys’ soccer associate coach) Scott Elliott. “The girls’ team is strong, and will be for quite some time.” After five years, “we hadn’t been beaten in the small division,” added Elliott. “The next challenge was to bump up the level of the competition.”
The Lyman men posted a 14-2 record for 2010-11, drawing a bye for round one of the state tourney and a number-two seed. They made it to the semifinals, where they fell to number-three seed Valley Regional.
Heading into an Oct. 8 game against Windham High School, the Lyman men were struggling a bit, with a 2-5-1 record about midway through the season. They tied Windham with a final score of 0-0. “Our goal is to make the state tourney,” said Elliott. “And we still have some opportunities within the league.” Due to opt-outs by New London, the team faced mid-season with a 4-3 record in-league.
The key to a successful second half to the 2011-12 season will be defense, said Elliott. “Our defense are all new,” he said. “Our defense needs to solidify itself.” Also key would be taking possession mid-field, and taking advantage of scoring opportunities, said Elliott.
The co-captains of the 2011-12 Lyman Memorial High School varsity boys’ soccer team are Josh Gustafson and Brian Myjak. The seniors are Myjak, Gustafson, Keith Chamberlain, Joe Olearnick, Eric McGee, Tim Hennessey, Connor Nelson, Austin Creamer and Jake Wood. The head coach is Ryan Fabry, the associate coach is Scott Elliott, and the assistant coaches are Ed Hogan and Dave Tedesco.
Catch Lyman at home on Thursday, Oct. 20, against Montville, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For a full season schedule, go to www.casciac.org.