Senior-laden Falcons focused on winning conference title

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Sep. 13, 2012
Midfielder Dale Quesnel dribbles the ball past a Hall player. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Midfielder Dale Quesnel dribbles the ball past a Hall player. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enrico Fermi High School boys' soccer team has played on the pitch year round, and the senior-laden squad thinks that it has put in the hard work it takes to win the Central Connecticut Conference East division and get back to the state tournament to make a run at the title.

“This senior class was the deepest, most talented freshman class that I ever saw in my 26 years here,” said head coach Jim Russell. “I’m loaded - I mean, there is nothing like seniors. They have been through it all. Most of them have played with me at least two to three years; the captains have played with me all four. ”

The Fermi roster features 13 seniors including co-captains Conor Glettenberg and Adrian Case, who were All-Conference selections last season.

“Right now I honestly think that conference is ours to lose,” said Glettenberg. “We are a good enough team and we have good enough players. We are really deep; it’s just a matter of if we are ready to put in the work necessary to get us there. It’s definitely ours to lose, so we have to hold it.”

The offensive attack will be led by Glettenberg, who led the team in points last season, netting nine goals and recording nine assists.  Case will support and facilitate from the second line; last season he was second on the team in both categories, tallying six goals and six assists. The Falcons will also look to midfielder Dale Quesnel for some added firepower. Last season, he recorded two goals and six assists.

Fermi’s defense will be as strong as its offense, thanks in part to the strength of senior backs Casey Kajdan and Xavier Sarju. The Falcons have a new goalkeeper this season, senior Alex Zachary. He has not played since the fourth grade, but Russell thinks the All-Conference centerfielder has the hands, agility and toughness to get the job done.

“We look at every match as one of our harder matches,” Case said. “Without that mentality we cannot move forward and get better as a team.”

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