It's a family affair for Killingly boys' soccer

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Killingly - posted Mon., Oct. 29, 2012
Frechette said his players have been pushing each other hard.  Photos by D. Coffey.
Frechette said his players have been pushing each other hard. Photos by D. Coffey.

The Killingly boys' soccer team is beginning to see the fruits of years worth of labor as they head into the ECC tournament with a 12-4 record. Led by senior captains Alex Mayo, Sean Comtois, Matt Bulmer, and Nate Thompson, the level of play has gotten tougher, more aggressive, and more demanding.

“Those four are the heart of the team,” said head coach Ron Frechette. He credits them, and his five other seniors, with sticking with the program through thick and thin. “It's been a long learning curve for us,” Frechette said. “We didn't win a lot of games in their freshman year.” But three years later  the Redmen are bringing a winning attitude to each game. “They expect to win. They expect to compete hard and score goals. This has occurred over time,” Frechette said.

Frechette attributes their success to team bonding and a family atmosphere. “The team for us is family,” he said. Families bicker, but they also help each other out. “They push each other hard. If they miss a score opportunity, they're on each other. But they do the best they can to help each other out. They want perfection.”

Frechette said the team's ability to attack is its greatest strength. Top scorers for the Redmen include Alex Mayo (15 goals), Matt Bulmer (10 goals), Sean Comtois (5 goals/9 assists) and Nate Thompson (7goals/9 assists). Freshman Sean Guerin has made an impact with six goals and an assist. “They spread the wealth,” Frechette said. “They love the personal glory, but the bigger thing is about wins, about us scoring as a team. That's the theme.”

Despite their winning record, neither Frechette nor his defense are happy at the amount of goals allowed against them this year. That's one reason Chris Klawitter dropped back to play defensive mid for Killingly. “He'd rather play offense, but it's what we needed to do as a team and he did that,” said Frechette. “That's the kind of sacrifice we have.”

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