Preview: Stonington boys soccer

Preview: Stonington boys soccer



Head coach:

Paul deCastro (11th season).

Assistant coaches:

Mario Costa, Brendan Hinchey (volunteer), Jeff Lewis (volunteer), Roland Parrilla (volunteer), Joe Tavares (volunteer).

Last year:

Stonington won the ECC championship, but lost in the quarterfinals of the Class M tournament in penalty kicks to finish the season 19-1-1.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Ben Abely (MF-F), Joey Hinckley (D), Graham Johnstone (F-MF), Jamison Magowan (MF), Jake O’Keefe (MF), R.J. Parrilla (MF-D), Max Wojtas (MF-F).

Juniors:

Will Cannella (D), Sam Casadei (D), Peter Fernholz (G), Ty Fidrych (MF), Rhys Hammond (D), George Limberakis (D).

New to varsity:

Senior:

Cooper Wall (MF).

Sophomore:

Ethan Allen (D).

Freshman:

Sam Montalto (F).

Outlook:

Stonington’s success this season starts with midfielders Magowan and Fidrych, but it doesn’t end there.

“We kind of changed our formation to make sure they can flourish,” deCastro said. “We want them to have the ball as much as possible so they create and score. They are our best players on the ball, very tricky.

“They possess vision and skill that most players don’t have.”

Magowan finished with 12 goals and 14 assists last season, while Fidrych had 10 goals and 10 assists.

One of the beneficiaries of Magowan and Fidrych will be Johnstone, who scored 13 goals and had three assists last season. Johnstone has good speed and is aggressive to the ball.

“Right now, we are playing him wide to use his speed and physicality,” deCastro said. “He has the versatility to play on top or we could push him to the middle. We are not really sure where he will be, but he will contribute.”

Parrilla, the lone returner from last year’s back line, will move up to the midfield to support Fidrych and Magowan.

Fernholz replaces Adams Gibbs, an All-Stater, at goalie.

“We have a lot of confidence in him. He’s going to be just fine,” deCastro said.

Coach’s take:

“We have some pretty big names back. If we can have some secondary players step up and become All-ECC or really strong players, I don’t see why [advancing in the playoffs] isn’t possible. The thing we are focusing on is getting 1 percent better every day.”

Keith Kimberlin


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