2011 EMass Boys' Soccer Team Profiles-Bay State

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    2011 EMass Boys' Soccer Team Profiles-Bay State

    WEYMOUTH

    The Weymouth boys’ soccer team claimed a Bay State Conference Carey Division title and made their way to the Div. 1 South Sectional finals, but lost to New Bedford in a shoot out.

    The Wildcats graduated Eastern Mass All-star Robbie Lynch and had one of the top defenses in the league.

    They will return goalie Scott Greenwood and sweeper Josh Berg who are both going into their third season as starters.

    Weymouth will also have a number of returning players with experience in the midfield and forward line. T.J. Butler, Akere Tambi, Mike Lynch, Dean Conroy, Brendan Adams, Pat O'Keefe and Lucas Rocha are all returning midfielders and forwards for Weymouth.

     

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    After graduating four league all-stars including an All-New England player, most coaches might consider the following year as a rebuilding season.

    Weymouth High School boys’ soccer coach Bill McEachern instead is looking how his team might be able to take the next step forward from last year’s even when the Wildcats won the BSC Carey Division title and advanced to the Div. 1 South Sectional finals..

    The Wildcats had a number of underclassmen that return that were part of the team's success and they look to make their mark.

    “We have a lot of talent,” said McEachern. “It is a pretty deep group of players.”

    “They do have the confidence and they can back it up. It starts with the hard work that they put in.”

    McEachern feels that of the 22 players that he could have on the roster that 16 of them are year round club players.

    The Wildcats played in a tournament in western Massachusetts to get ready for the season that starts on Sept. 7 at home against Natick and they will go to Framingham the following Friday.

    One change for Weymouth is that they are going to move Josh Berg to the midfield to possibly strengthen themselves. Berg is a two-year starter at sweeper and to compensate for the move they will put senior captain Pat O'Keefe at sweeper.

    “Basically,” said McEachern, “with the move of Burg to midfield we have to replace our entire backline. Pat O'Keefe, Matt Bean, Anthony Matthews and Kyle Adams are all capable replacements.'

    The Wildcats other captain is T.J. Butler, who was the team's leading scorer last year and was a second team BSC All-star. Butler has been injured, but will be ready for the season.

    With Burg and Butler and Lucas Rocha in the midfield the Wildcats will have a talented core to move the ball.

    They will be able to push the ball to returning forwards Mike Lynch and Akere Tambi. Both Lynch and Tambi had productive sophomore seasons.

    “They (Lynch and Tambi) have a ton of experience,” said McEachern, “and they are both juniors. They both have good technical skills and are very dangerous with their speed.”

    “It is tough to replace Robbie Lynch in the midfield. Josh burg is able to move the ball and create opportunities for himself.”

    Scott Greenwood is back in goal for the Wildcats for his third year.

    Greenwood allowed 11 goals in 24 games last year, which included 13 shutouts and Lucas Rezendes is his backup as a sophomore.

    “Lucas Rezendes would be a starter on any other team in the league,” said McEachern, “but Scottie Greenwood is an unbelievable player.”

    “This is the beginning of the season. We have a lot of climbing to do before we reach our goals.”

    The Wildcats have a good start on that climb.


     
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    BROOKLINE

    Boys soccer

     

    Coach: Jeff Katz (10th year)

     

    Last year: 14-3-6 (lost in Division 1 North finals)

     

    Losses: Kyle Chambers, Nick Chan, Keith Chernin, Jacob Ebbs, Pietro Gaudiano, Matt Hillman, Cole McCracken, Peter Mihaulopolous and Teddy Rounds

     

    Key returns: Eric Buck, Tito Curran and Luca Della Ventura (senior midfielders); Sebastian Dobrow, Travis James and Sebastian Vasquez (senior forwards); Nick Page and Ari Zimmet (senior centerbacks); Ben Pearlmutter and Alan Zhou (senior outside backs)

     

    Newcomers: Joe Pold and Miles Rubin (senior keepers); Eli Davis (junior keeper); Saman Abazari and Roy Hopkins (senior forwards); Arjun Mahadevan (senior centerback); Sam Simon (senior outside back); Ramon Gloumakov (senior midfielder); Tommy Kim and Dan Kunin (senior defenders); Mike Weinstein (junior midfielder); Alejandro Brown (sophomore forward); Ari Karchmer (sophomore midfielder) and Dimitri Makrigiorgos (sophomore outside back)

     

    Overall: Katz has taken his team deep into the playoffs the past two seasons. Many felt BHS was destined to win the North title, but Newton North pulled off a shootout upset in the sectional finals to abruptly end the dream. The Warriors finished up losing only twice in 23 games during regulation. Katz’s squad has now made it to the postseason six straight years. Brookline enters 2011 with a few question marks, starting at keeper, where Hillman’s replacement must be found. Bay State Conference all-stars Ebbs, Chernin and McCracken were three-year starters. Buck, James, Zimmet, Zhou, Dobrow and Page all have playoff experience under their belt. Look for another postseason bid at the very least, and another run at the BSC championship if everything comes together

     

    Coach’s quote: “This team came in fit and ready to compete with the top teams in the league. Though there are a lot of new players and returnees who have moved to new positions, the team has already shown its potential to play an aggressive, attacking style of soccer. A team that has speed, can move the ball quickly, and is able to interchange positions can be very dangerous and exciting to watch. That’s the team we think we could be in 2011. We’re excited.”


     
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