Woodstock boys' soccer holds off Lyman, 4-2

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Woodstock - posted Thu., Oct. 25, 2012
Senior captain Ian Converse sends the ball downfield. Photos by D. Coffey.
Senior captain Ian Converse sends the ball downfield. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Woodstock Academy boys' soccer team saw a three-goal lead whittle down to one toward the end of second half play against Lyman on Oct. 24. Even with the momentum turned against them, they were able to rally for another goal and pull out a 4-2 win. It was an example of what head coach Jared Morse calls the team's willingness to play as a team.

“That's been our strength all season,” he said. “That and trying things outside the box. I ask them to do things differently. For those things to work, they have to be willing to try them.”

One of those things is playing a 3-5-2 formation with five midfielders rather than a 4-4-2. “I really feel that extra person in the back is a waste of space,” Morse said. “That's just a guy doing nothing. I push them into the midfield so that we get more pressure on the ball and we have more people with the ability to distribute the ball. It's not something they're used to doing. They've adapted to it fairly well this year.”

He's also introduced cross-fit training into his preseason and regular practice sessions. The players have been doing sit-ups with oak logs, carrying tires around the field and doing lots of circuit training. Morse credits repetitions of sit-ups, push-ups, bear crawls and 400-meter sprints with getting his team in shape and keeping them in shape.

Sophomore Austin Beaupre, who has done a good job as center back for the Centaurs, was out with an injury. So was senior captain Matt Harrington, who always gives 110-percent, according to Morse. Several JV players were called up as subs.

The Centaurs 6-7-1 record has been a tough one for the seniors, said Morse. “We're used to being above .500, not below .500. For those guys to play the way they do every day, to come to practice and work as hard as they do every day, shows a lot about their character and the type of kids they are,” he said.

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