Season ends for Stafford High School boys’ soccer

By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Stafford - posted Thu., Nov. 10, 2011
Evan Theroux is one of Stafford's players to watch for 2012. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Evan Theroux is one of Stafford's players to watch for 2012. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Stafford High School boys’ soccer does not often cancel practices or games for inclement weather, but this year, Mother Nature scored the hat trick. The winter storm on Oct. 29 brought snow, power outages and unplayable field conditions, delaying the end of the Bulldogs’ regular season play, giving coach Rob Schadt time to reflect on 2011, and the talent moving on to 2012.

“Our midfield play was consistent for the majority of the season and did show improvement, as did our ability to create scoring opportunities,” Schadt said.

With one rescheduled game left to play against Bolton, Stafford’s season stood at a disappointing 2-12. “Although we became more adept at creating scoring chances, we did not demonstrate the skill necessary to finish those chances by putting the ball into the back of the net,” Schadt said. “The consistency of our defense was problematic. We often had good stretches of playing strong defense and equally poor stretches of defense that just had me shaking my head in wonderment.”

Despite the standings, Stafford has tremendous talent coming up the ranks. Schadt commented on sophomore goalie Jake Kalette. “He is a very athletic player who is still learning the position, which has led to some inconsistency, but can play at a very high level and will only get better.” Also basketball and baseball player for SHS, Kalette said soccer is a great team sport.

At striker, junior Evan Theroux is described by Schadt as having tremendous speed and determination, and thus is a dangerous offensive weapon. “Evan needs to learn how to compliment his abilities into the team format more. He plays hard every play of every game,” Schadt said.

Sophomore center midfielder Andrew Bachiochi comes from a soccer family. “We all play,” he said.

Schadt summed up Bachiochi’s abilities: “Andrew is our most skilled and best overall player. He possesses a very strong soccer I.Q., and understands how to play the game correctly,” the coach said.

The final player Schadt singled out as one to watch in 2012 was junior Andrew Lauzier. “He’s a good all-around player,” he said, “and gives great effort every practice and game. Andrew has leadership abilities, and is always upbeat and positive, which is excellent for team morale.”

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