Re: 2010 EMASS High School Soccer
posted at 9/7/2010 1:45 PM EDT
Coach: Steve Frank (17th year)
2009 record: 3-12-3.
Top returners: Sr. Sweeper Ryan Fox, Sr. Stopper Matt Lopes, Sr. FB D.J. Bucklin, Sr. FB A.J. Sughrue, Jr. G Torrey Medeiros, Jr. MF Samuel Martins.
Key newcomers: Sr. MF Nick Pacheco, Sr. MF Jake Vieira, Sr. MF Jay Sousa, Sr. MF Kris George, Soph. Matt Vidal, Fr. MF Ben Silvia.
Outlook: Looking to rebound and get back to the state tournament with a team that took its lumps last season, but picked up some experience along the way. Medeiros is a good keeper who will benefit from playing with veterans Fox, Lopes, Bucklin and Sughrue in front of him. Frank expects his team to score more goals this season. He'll be looking for good things up front from Coucci and Caravana.
GNB Voc-Tech Bears
Coach: Henry Andrade (fifth year)
2009 record: 16-4-3. Dropped a 3-0 decision to Cardinal Spellman in the Division 1 sectional quarterfinals.
Top returners: Sr. FB Nick Bolarinho, Sr. MF Alvaro Gomez, Jr. FB Pedro Gomez, Jr. MF Felipe Dias, Jr. MF Jordan Mena, Jr. MF Flavio Carvalho, Jr. FB Kyle Shyndel, Soph. MF Nick Oliveira.
Key newcomers: Sr. F Brendan Andrade, Sr. F Steven Martins, Jr. F Jonathan DaSilva, Jr. MF Edgar Alves, Jr. FB/G Joshua Cardosa, Jr. MF Cody Leanor, Jr. MF Corey Lopes, Jr. FB Tyler Freitas, Soph. G Luis Carranza, Soph. F Tim Amaral.
Outlook: Lost some goal scorers to graduation, so they'll have to play good defense in front of new starting netminder Carranza while the offense finds its way. Andrade has some good midfielders to work with and a big junior class that will make its share of contributions as the season progresses. The Bears still have some outstanding players, but they're going to have to play more as a team on both sides of the ball to be successful.
New Bedford Whalers
Coach: John Macaroco (10th year)
2009 record: 17-2-1. Dropped a 1-0 decision to Brockton in the Division 1 sectional semifinals.
Top returners: Sr. F Tiago Dourado, Sr. MF/F Fernando Baptista, Sr. MF J.B. Macaroco, Sr. FB Josh Chao, Sr. G Eli Reis, Sr. MF Ryan Almeida.
Key newcomers: Sr. FB Pedro Miranda, Sr. FB Tanner Garcia, Jr. F Ryan Duarte, Soph FB Josh Travassos.
Outlook: Senior-dominated team is looking to break through and win a sectional title. The team will depend on its defense and midfielders in the early going while it works out some kinks up front. Macaroco will have to work some new players into the lineup, but with the talent pool he has to draw from, it's more reloading than rebuilding.