Freshmen make up a large part of EHHS boys’ soccer team
By Frances Taylor - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Tue., Sep. 11, 2012
Brendan Boyd has been coaching East Hartford High School boys’ varsity soccer for 10 years, but this year is a first for him when it comes to the number of young players. “We're a really young team,” Boyd said. “We've got four returning players, but the rest of the team is brand new. This is the first time in my coaching of the team that we have had that.”
The EHHS team, which has only two sophomores from the JV team, will have freshmen as starters, the coach said. Right now, the team is learning new set plays during daily practice, “and getting used to our style,” Boyd said.
The new team will become experienced in a hurry as it tackles some formidable opposition. “It could be tough as they go up against some of the teams like Weaver or Glastonbury – they aren't used to that type of crowd, which is much different than middle school” team spectators, the coach explained. The more rapid pace of scheduled games twice a week poses new challenges for younger players, he said, as well as going up against 18-year-old players on the other team.
Nevertheless, Boyd expects the team to do well, and their goal is to make to the state tournament this year, which they missed by one game last year. “It was the first time in a long while we did not make the tournament, so we definitely want to be back in there this year,” Boyd said.
Kaleb Desvignes is a junior captain of the EHHS varsity team, and Steven Sinsigalli is senior captain. Both captains say the team is already playing better together this year than last year. “We're more together now – we didn't do as well last year – we missed the tournament by one game,” Sinsigalli said, adding that the team has won several scrimmages so far this year.
“I think we are working better together,” Desvignes said. “We are teaching them some things and they listen to us,” he said, adding that the team is made up players who are ready to learn.
“This group of varsity players knows each other from past years, so for many of us this is not the first time we have played together. That helps,” Desvignes said. “All we have to do is work.”