Preview: Chariho boys soccer

Preview: Chariho boys soccer



Head coach:

Les Ahern (3rd season).

Assistant coaches:

Brittany Faragalli, John Linacre.

Last year:

The Chargers were 1-14-1 overall, 0-13-1 in Division I.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Kyle Abbott (D), Ryan Allen (F, captain), Cam Anderson (G-F, captain), Devin DiBiasio (D, captain), Kody Gordon (center MF, captain), Riley Hughes (D, captain), Josh Lopriore (MF), Nate Pepler (D).

Juniors:

Devan Jessop (D), Dylan Jessop (D-MF), Jacob Linacre (G), Sam Miller (center MF).

New to varsity:

Seniors:

Connor Allamby (MF), Josh Benros (MF), Tom Hingerty (MF-F), Shea Jackson (MF), Jack Taber (MF).

Junior:

Nate Allamby (MF).

Freshman:

Seth Dube (F).

Outlook:

The big news for the Chargers is they’re no longer in Division I, a league in which they’ve struggled of late — the last time they won more than four games was 2010.

Ahern has mixed emotions about the move to Division II, since, with 13 seniors on the roster, he figures the Chargers could’ve competed in D-I. But either way, don’t look for the them to be division cellar dwellers this year.

“The seniors have gained valuable experience and maturity. I think this year we’ll do quite well,” Ahern said. … “We’ve been at the bottom a lot. I think it’s our year to show the program’s improving.”

Anderson will anchor the back at goalkeeper. “Cam’s been in there starting for three years,” Ahern said. “That’s a blessing.” And expect Allen to have a good year up front.

But the team’s biggest strength is its positive attitude, Ahern said.

“They really support and encourage each other,” Ahern said. “Nobody’s complaining. We’re there to support each other and encourage everyone to get better. Our motto is, ‘If you’re gonna dance, you’re gonna dance the best you can.’”

Coach’s take:

“I want to be in the final four. I think the kids want to do the work that constitutes getting there. We’re just trying to pick up three points [that are earned with a win] each game. Three points, three points, three points. Hopefully, we can get there. I think we can. If we can keep high pace and have good decision making, we’re gonna be right there.”

— Ken Sorensen


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