Senior Night for Stafford High School boys’ soccer

By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Stafford - posted Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
Stafford senior Tucker Carlson steals the ball from Windsor Locks and drives downfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Stafford senior Tucker Carlson steals the ball from Windsor Locks and drives downfield. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Temperatures hovered just above freezing under the lights at Stafford High School on Oct. 18, but that did not stop loyal fans from recognizing the seniors on the boys’ soccer team. Balloons, streamers and bleachers packed with Bulldog blue created a cheer-filled and memorable night for the SHS seniors - #6 Kyle Pallanck, # 7 Tucker Carlson, #9 Joe Rossi, #30 Nick Dent and #8 Dan Lemire - as they went head to head with their division rival, Windsor Locks.

SHS Principal Marco Pelliccia recognized the important role senior night plays in building school pride. “It is always great to see such a big crowd coming out to recognize the contributions of our seniors,” he said.

Coach Robert Schadt took time to reflect on the talent each of his seniors brought to the SHS soccer program. “Kyle Pallanck, one of our tri-captains, is a team leader. He’s a tough physical player with excellent speed and anticipation. He’s got a good skill set to compliment his highly competitive drive.”

“Tucker Carlson, our second tri-captain, is a highly-skilled player in the midfield who the team looks to for ball distribution and orchestration of the offense,” the coach said. “Tucker is a hard worker who plays at a high level every match.”

“Our final tri-captain, Joe Rossi, is a skilled player with good ball control,” Schadt said. “Joe always finds ways to contribute.”

Schadt spoke to senior Nick Dent’s growth as a player. “Nick has improved tremendously over the course of the season and is now a starter,” he said. “A quick learner with a strong work ethic, Nick has a good understanding of the game and has raised his fitness markedly.”

The final senior, Dan Lemire, has overcome physical challenges throughout the season. “Often hurt with a variety of injuries, Dan perseveres with guts and determination to maximize his time on the field to make significant contributions to the team,” Schadt said. “Dan is a positive influence to the team with his example and personality.”

The Bulldogs fell to Windsor Locks, 3-1, with Stafford’s solo goal by Andrew Lauzier.

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