Last year: Westerly finished 12-5-2 falling to Classical in the Division II semifinals. Classical went on to win the tourney title. In 2011, the Bulldogs also lost in the semifinals to eventual champion Smithfield. Westerly put three seniors on the Division II first team and two on the second team.
Returning to varsity:
Seniors: Robbie Trebisacci (FB, captain), Cooper Ferreira (MF, captain), Christian Walsh (MF, captain), Mike Johns (For.), Juniors: Billy McCormick (keeper), Pat Johns (For.), Terrell Norris (FB). Sophomore: Spencer Mills (FB).
New to varsity:
Seniors: Andrew Pappadia (FB), Cole Carter (MF), Zach Ober (MF). Juniors: Mitch Fish (MF), Rob Alessio (FB), Adam Moscaritolo (MF), Max Kohan (MF) Sophomore: Austin Harley (MF). Freshman: Austin DeGiacomo (For.)
Outlook: Westerly graduates eight seniors that produced 30 of the team’s 36 goals. Ahern expects the Bulldogs may not be as prolific this season, but is looking for at least another solid season.
Trebisacci will anchor the defense and was the top vote getter among his teammates for captain.
“He communicates, he can stick the ball and he sets a high work ethic for the rest of the team,” Ahern said. “He’s tenacious.”
Ferreria will play in the midfield. He was the starting keeper last season, but was injured early on. McCormick’s emergence at the spot during his absence will allow Ferreria to play in the field this season.
“He (McCormick) has a long reach and he reads things pretty well,” Ahern said. “He gained a lot of confidence when Coop got hurt.”
Ahern expects the Johns brothers, Pat and Mike, to work well together in the offensive third.
Westerly will once again rely on its possession style of play and Ahern is hopeful that will keep them in a lot of games.
“We don’t have that guy that can shoot from 40 yards, but I think we are more team oriented and we should be able to move the ball quite well,” Ahern said.
Coach’s take: “Other schools will be looking at the players we lost and may expect to have a little easier time with us. The kids don’t believe that and neither do I.”