Ann Marie Kreft
The Weston boys varsity soccer team continues the 2019 season rebuilding a team that graduated four captains, a leading scorer, and numerous
other seniors from the previous season. The Wildcats have been in the process of restructuring and hope to reach the postseason in the near future.
“We’ve been working hard to get all the new players to understand the mentality we need to have going into every game,” senior captain Justin Buchman said. “Losing basically our whole roster from last year has been tough on the guys who were there last year, but we are already seeing great improvements in our play. We are practicing hard every day to improve.”
Having graduated ten of the eleven starters from last season’s team, head coach Andrey Asparouhov elaborated on the process of rebuilding.
“[Building a team] is a big project and will take time,” Asparouhov said. “What we can do now is to take [it] one game at a time and try to improve individually and as a team.”
During the restructuring process, communication between players and coaches is important.
“As I mentioned, we don’t have many returning players so I count on everyone,” Asparouhov said. “At the moment, a few of the captains Nick Ginovker and Justin Buchman are trying to be the link between the coaches and the team. We desperately need players to step up and lead the team and I hope this will happen soon.”
As one of the last remaining players from the previous season, Buchman explained his changing role.
“Besides just being a mentor to all the other guys on the team, I feel responsible for the morale of the team,” Buchman said. “It’s the captain’s duty to build up the team’s confidence, and getting the players hyped for each and every game will help us out significantly. As a captain you have to lead by example, and the rest will follow your lead.”
Fellow captain junior Nick Ginovker focuses on keeping the team’s spirits high.
“If the guys know what they’re really capable of, we could find ourselves in very good shape by the end of the season and even the start of next season,” Ginovker said.
One of the team’s main goals is to foster chemistry among the players during the rebuilding process.
“We need to continue improving our team chemistry,” Ginovker said. “We’ve shown glimpses of really good play, and I think having everyone on the same wavelength will help a lot.”
The Wildcats currently sit at 0-5-3 as of Thursday September 26. Moving forward with the rest of their season, the team is eager for the opportunity to play rivals Wayland and Bedford for a second time.
“Although we haven’t had the most successful season so far, we’ve played well at times and we know that we’re capable of great things,” junior Nate Icke said. “We’re all looking forward to the rest of the season to prove that we can play with the rest of the league.”