Warrior soccer ready to turn heads
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Aug. 31, 2012
The Windsor Warriors boys' soccer team finished eighth in the Central Connecticut Conference North last season with a 3-11-1 record, but they have high aspirations for the upcoming season, as they return 10 starters from last season, most of whom will be juniors and have two runs at a conference and state title.
“We have extremely high expectations,” said Amani Pershad, captain and center defender. “We set the bar so high that we want to go out there and win the tournament.”
The Warriors have put in hard work, practicing as a group during winter indoor sessions, spring sessions and summer conditioning two to three days a week. “We're in good shape for this year; everyone has gotten stronger,” said head coach Peter Lepak. “We have a very good core group of players coming back. They are dedicated, they are committed and they are ready for this season. There is nowhere to go but up from where we were last year.”
Lepak believes Windsor’s main strength this season will be their experience up the middle of the lineup. The Warriors will be led by All-Conference senior forward Isaiah Townsend, who they expect to bolster down their offense. The center midfielder position will be held down by three-year starter and captain Tyler Lacafta, who brings tremendous skill and heart to the field. The center defense is led by the fearless and resilient Pershad.
Windsor’s other strength will be what hampered them last year - their ability to finish and score goals. In the Warriors' three wins last season they scored 14 goals, but in their 11 losses they only managed to tally seven. Townsend netted seven goals in 2011 and this season Lepak believes he will help distribute the ball more and has the potential to net 10 goals.
The squad will have to improve as a defensive unit if they hope to make a run at a tournament. They will have a difficult time winning balls in the air and 50-50 balls, but what the defense lacks in size and strength, they make up in heart.
“Our heart can definitely take us throughout this whole season,” Lacafta said. “We are determined to win our games and make it to the tournament.”