SWHS boys' varsity soccer relying on core seniors
By Christian Mysliwiec - Staff Writer
South Windsor - posted Thu., Aug. 30, 2012
The South Windsor High School's boys' varsity soccer team had a solid team last year. “We were very deep last year,” said coach David St. Jean. “Very talented.” This year, the challenge will be to remain competitive after a large group of quality athletes graduated.
Not all the star athletes graduated last year. St. Jean has a strong group of seniors with extensive varsity experience. “We returned a core of seven seniors who really were contributors in the past years,” said St. Jean. “Depending on how much they want to step up, and how much the younger guys want to step up, I think we're going to be pretty competitive.”
Those seniors are Christiano Lopes, Andrew Smith, Andrew Panteson, Zach Heckt, Evan Cheman, Eric Hintz and Jeff Allen.
“All seven kids are starters, all seven were starters last year. Two of them were All-Conference, five of them should have been All-Conference. I think all seven of them have plans to play in college, and if they wanted to, all seven could.”
Their skill sets will be critical during games – and their example will be imperative to one of St. Jean's major tasks this season: building up younger players. He is relying on these experienced upper classmen to set the tone of the program, as they have in the past.
“The goal is to get the players new to varsity soccer to work hard and buy into it as much as the current group of seniors has,” said St. Jean. “We've got a lot of work to do. We have a long preseason, thankfully, and we'll be able to really get them to be where we need them to be.”