East Granby boys’ soccer strikes hard

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Oct. 12, 2011
East Granby High School boys' soccer player Andres Restrepo makes an agressive drive down the field agianst East Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
East Granby High School boys' soccer player Andres Restrepo makes an agressive drive down the field agianst East Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Taking the field against East Windsor on Oct. 5, the East Granby High School boys’ soccer team came out strong from the starting whistle. Pressuring the opposition with superior down-field drives and impenetrable defense, the Crusaders’ quick passes and precision ball-handling brought the team a 6-0 victory.

“Our overall goal this year is to make a deep run in the state tournament and give the players the proper rest because we do not have depth, being from a very small school,” said three-year head coach Chris Pettee. Assisted by coaches Brian Glamuzina, Todd Zessin and Dave Mendrala, Pettee has led the team to a current 5-3-1 record.

Seniors Ryan Aeschliman, Sean Rosenberger, Brian Watterlond and Mike Hann return for their final season with the Crusaders. “Sean and Ryan are taking on a leadership role as this year’s captains,” the coach said. “They have played for me for three years and know exactly what the coaching staff expects.” Both Aeschliman and teammate Andres Restrepo were members of the 2010 All-Conference Team.

Aeschliman began playing soccer at the age of 7. “I know we are capable of doing what needs to be done in the clutch and pulling out a victory,” he commented on the season.

“I consider our greatest strength to be speed,” Pettee said. Against East Windsor, speed played a major role in the win, with four players combining for six goals; junior Andres Restrepo had three, junior Andrew Nigro had one, junior Noah Fersch had one, and senior Ryan Aeschilman had one. The team kept East Windsor scoreless; however, Pettee believes the one area the team can improve upon is its defense.

In the hunt for a third straight tournament appearance, the Crusaders receive support from both the booster club and athletic department. “The booster club does a great job getting involved and setting up our ‘Under the Lights’ night game against Windsor Locks,” Pettee said.

A complete schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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