Undefeated last year, RHAM soccer hopes for another strong season
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Sep. 5, 2012
According to RHAM boys’ varsity soccer team member Michail Bilek, the Sachems were undefeated during the regular season last year. “We had a few ties, but we were undefeated,” said Bilek, "both the varsity and JV teams.” Though they lost eight seniors, including three Division I players and one going to Division III, the players forsee another strong season ahead. “We’re going to be good,” said senior co-captain Andrew Lavoie. “We just have some fine-tuning to do.” Lavoie feels the team's biggest strength is excellent technical skills.
Head coach Jim Fromme, entering his 11th season with the team, agrees. “They’re younger, but they’re very good with the ball,” he said.
A Labor Day weekend scrimmage in Berlin has been the team’s only opportunity to face an opponent thus far this year. “We won one and lost one,” said Bilek. “We did okay.”
A scheduled Sept. 4 scrimmage against Avon was cancelled due to weather, so the team headed out for a practice instead. They had one final scrimmage scheduled, against Conard on Sept. 7, before the regular season begins. The season-opener is at home on Sept. 11, beginning at 3:45 p.m.
“We’re a smaller team,” said Bilek, when asked about the Sachems’ challenges this season. “But between our technical skills and our coaching, we should do well.”
Lavoie agreed. “Mr. Fromme is a great coach,” he said.
The seniors on this year’s varsity boys’ soccer team are: co-captains Josh Salan, Andrew Lavoie, Sean Lavasseur and Billy Walsh, and backup goalie Andrew Filthaut.