Boys Soccer Preview
Published 12:25 pm, Friday, September 8, 2017
FAIRFIELD - Last season, Fairfield Prep won 14 games, reached the championship game of the SCC tournament and advanced to the Class LL semifinals, losing to Farmington. But a repeat performance this season might be difficult as the Jesuits need to replace several key cogs from last year’s squad.
Coach Ryan Lyddy needs to replace goalkeeper Dan Szabo and forward Biagio Paoletta - both All-SCC first team selections last season - along with All-Hammonasset players Julito Quintana and Tim Lyons. The good news is that Lyddy has a core of returning players with varsity experience that should help ease the loss of his all-conference picks.
“We are going to be pretty deep at all positions. Our key to success is to keep everyone healthy and engaged within our system,” Lyddy wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We need to be consistent.”
Captains Matt Chiota, Everett Lyons, Jonah Melton and Jack Meszaros will provide leadership while other returnees, including Andrew Neumeyer, Ross Keblish, Alex Whammond, Luke Finnigan and Kevin Oricoli will provide depth.
Coach Kevin O’Hara is looking at three All-FCIAC East selections from last season, Chris Jerrild, Jared Mirgorodsky and Kieren Kilbride, to lead the way as the Falcons look to better last year’s 9-8-1 record.
“The boys are working hard and the season looks promising,” O’Hara wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen.
Last year, Ludlowe reached the FCIAC tournament, losing to Danbury 1-0 in the quarterfinals. The Falcons faced Danbury again in the Class LL tournament, falling 3-0.
After graduating nine seniors and losing two All-State athletes, Mustangs coach Justin Ottavio is hoping that youth will be served this season at Warde.
“We are looking to provide our young talent with valuable varsity playing experience,” Ottavio wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen. “We plan on being tenacious.”
Among the key losses were first team All-FCIAC goalkeeper Matt Skelton and first team All-FCIAC forward Johnny Schuster, along with All-East selections David Harvey, Jason Deck and Jake Otten.
Captains Sam Stalling, Nate Ulman and Anthony Zarlenga (an All-East pick last year) will lead the Mustangs, along with Lucas Montero and Jake Berecz.
The Mustangs were the No. 5 seed in the FCIAC tournament last season, beating Darien and falling to Greenwich. In the Class LL tournament, Warde defeated East Hartford and lost to Trumbull, finishing at 12-6-2.
The Lancers went 15-4-4 last season, falling in the SWC tournament semifinals and advancing to the Class S semifinals, losing to Old Saybrook.
“We have to focus on hard work, team play and staying healthy,” coach Whitey Budreckas wrote in his prospectus to the Citizen.
The Lancers will be led by All-SWC selections Felipe Canizan and Kevin Morataya and Sean Buzzee and Conner Steer - all who will be captains this season.