Freshmen through senior boys have a shot on Bulldogs' soccer team
By Lauri Voter - Staff Writer
Stafford - posted Thu., Sep. 13, 2012
While Stafford High School's boys' soccer program does not have enough players to comprise both a junior varsity and a varsity team, the combined efforts of SHS soccer players - freshman through senior – will form the boys' varsity team. As such, they expect to improve on last year's record of 3-12 to qualify for the state tournament, said coach Rob Schadt, who feels that this is a realistic goal for his team.
“We have a lot of experience and talent coming back... I know there are many teams out there that are head and shoulders above where we are, so it will be difficult to knock them off, but there are teams out there we can compete with,” he said. Schadt also said that the team's defense has been solid. “We're looking to be more productive on offense this year. That's been kind of an issue holding us back.”
As a smaller school competing in its conference, SHS boys' soccer will have its work cut out for it. “Our conference is an extremely powerful conference in this state,” said Schadt, citing “perennial powerhouses” such as Avon, Suffield, Granby – all larger schools – that will present the biggest challenges for the Bulldogs. “For us to make any gains, we need to consistently go on the field.”
New co-captains Andrew Lauzier and Evan Theroux said they want to make all the team members feel as comfortable as possible and provide assistance and advice when needed. “I want to make states this year,” said Lauzier, whose personal goal is to score 10 goals and help carry the team to the most wins Lauzier has seen since he has been on the team.
Theroux said he'd like to score as many goals as he can – maybe 17. “As captain, I want to lead our team and be the best motivator I can,” he said.
Follow the Bulldogs' progress at www.casciac.org.