Cheney Tech soccer team stays positive

By Martha Marteney - Staff Writer
Manchester - posted Thu., Oct. 20, 2011
Cheney Tech's Holden Goolsby gets ready to head the ball in the Oct. 17 game vs. Kaynor Tech.
Cheney Tech's Holden Goolsby gets ready to head the ball in the Oct. 17 game vs. Kaynor Tech.

It has been a difficult season for Howell Cheney Technical School soccer, faced with a young, inexperienced team. “It’s a building year,” said coach Al Hovasse. The team lost five seniors to graduation, and the one returning starting senior, co-captain Robbie Krawic, missed much of the season due to an injury.

“We’ve progressed since the beginning of the season,” said co-captain Joe Murphy, a junior and the team’s goalie for the second year.

“It was tough getting everyone together,” added Krawic. “There were lots of mixed skills.”

Hovasse focused on developing defensive skills and one-on-one plays. “It’s a process of maturation,” he said. His players all showed individual improvements throughout the year, and came together more as a team.

The Oct. 17 loss to Kaynor Tech brought the Eagles’ record to 1-10-1. Kaynor won the game 3-1. Cheney Tech’s goal was scored by freshman Damian DeSouza. The team continued to show good effort right until the end of the game.

“We always try out hardest,” said Murphy. “We persevere.”

“Sports is a life-long lesson,” said Hovasse. “It helps you even on the job.”

“As long as we have a positive attitude, that’s good,” said Krawic.


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