Boys Varsity Soccer aims for successful season

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Colleen Lanata

Senior Christos Iatridis wears a mask during the game.

John Gigian, Sports editor

After ending last season with a three game winning streak, the boys varsity soccer team enters the 2020 season with high expectations. While there is no formal postseason due to COVID-19, the team still has a ten game schedule against division opponents. The Wildcats currently have a 2-6 record as they prepare to face Cambridge Rindge & Latin on October 28.

In addition to the traditional responsibilities of winning games, the global pandemic has added hurdles for the team to deal with. Senior captain Zach Meyers elaborated on what the team is doing to handle the regulations.

“It’s been a process of adjusting to new rules that we’re not used to having in place,” Meyers said. “It’s not perfect soccer, but it’s better than nothing. We’re just glad that we are still able to have a season.”

Masks and other new rules have influenced the on field play. Senior captain Nick Ginovker explained how the COVID-19 regulations have impacted the overall experience. 

“It’s very tough, the masks are hard to breathe through when you’re out of breath,” Ginovker said. “The main rule changes on the field are the no contact above the waist and the introduction of a ‘covid foul’ which happens very often, but we’re adjusting as quickly as we can.”

The Wildcats have needed to change the way they prepare for games this season. Head coach Andrey Asparouhov explained how the team has changed their practices in an attempt to minimize contact. 

It is a completely different situation, so the coaching needed to be very different,” Asparouhov said. “Practices are with more breaks and drills are primarily with social distance, which is very challenging to do. Cones and all other equipment is to be handled only by the coaches and to be disinfected after every practice. Working mostly to improve the technical ability, much less on the physical part.” 

The Wildcats have prepared the best they can for this season under the circumstances. Ginovker explained the tactical changes the team is making to succeed. 

“We’ve made some minor adjustments in terms of positioning and formation,” Ginovker said. “Coach Andrey and I have spoken about spreading out our most talented players across the field. Our main goal for the first few games is for everyone to find their role on the team to maximize our potential.”

With the regulations in place, senior James Davis expressed the team’s outlook on this season.

 “It is unfortunate that we have no formal tournament, it is something we all have looked forward to in the past and were hoping to go far this year,” Davis said. “However, we still have an opportunity to win the DCL and finish our senior year strong.”

Despite these challenges, Meyers explained what the Wildcats’ goals are for the season.

“With a lot of returning varsity players, we are optimistic that we have the chemistry to finish as a strong team and play a competitive role in the DCL small league this year,” Meyers said. “We’re off to a rough start, but we’re slowly getting back into our rhythm.”

  • Lost in the first round of the MIAA North Division 3 tournament to Watertown 3-2 in double overtime. 
  • Ended season with three consecutive wins to reach the playoffs
  • Record: 4-10-4
  • aasparouhov@yahoo.com

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