Boys’ soccer doing well
“We had a rocky start, but we’re feeling it now,” said varsity boys’ soccer captain Tim Felton, a senior.
After losing their first game to West Springfield, the ‘Canes got their season back on track. However, goalie problems, field issues, and some lapses on defense have made the upward climb a challenge.
Junior keeper Lucas Willocq sustained a wrist injury last year that forced him to miss time on the basketball court last year and all of this season on the pitch.
Then in the first half of the first game in September, reserve keeper Aidan Bass suffered a concussion that will sideline him for the remainder of the season.
After Bass, junior Jack Swanson was thrown into the game but broke his finger within five minutes. Junior JV goalie Declan Gray-Mullen finished out the West Springfield game.
Senior Liam Carolan has taken over the majority of the keeper duties, sharing time with Gray-Mullen. As well as having goalkeeper problems, the leaders of the team have expressed frustration over the condition of their home field.
“You can’t take people on our field. It’s so bumpy that you can’t control the ball,” said senior captain and midfielder Samson Heyer.
Senior captain Tim Felton agreed, noting that the field is “bumpy and small, with bad nets, and more weeds than grass.”
Obviously as frustrating as it is to have one’s home field be in such bad condition, the team refuses to let it hold them back.
“As bad as it is, we don’t use it as an excuse. We believe that we’re good enough and cohesive enough that we should win on any field,” Heyer said.
The Hurricanes currently stand at 5-3-2 and 2-1 in the Smith League.
They need a .500 record or better to make playoffs and all indications point to them getting to that point. Their toughest game was at Ludlow on October 21, but they won.
Their meeting on September 29 resulted in what appeared to be a game-tying goal as time expired by Ludlow but officials ruled that time had run out before the goal was scored.
Senior center back Thomas Perry expressed some frustration over the defense’s play so far this year. “We need to do a better job at protecting our goal, but we’re improving every game. I think it’s something we’ll fix soon,” he said.
The defense, anchored by Perry and senior Harry Wolff-Landau have yet to let up more than two goals in a game, but the duo isn’t satisfied yet. “We just need to be more careful and cautious; that’s the key to our defense,” said Perry.
One thing that has gone extremely well for the boys this year is team chemistry. “Simply put we have great team chemistry,” said Felton.
The team is a tight-knit group that spends a lot of time together off the pitch.
“We go on hikes, we spend a lot of time exploring wilderness together. Before practice we all park our cars next to each other and bring chairs and have a bro session,” he said.
The Hurricanes seem to be in the process of turning their season around. With more experienced goalkeepers and their always-strong team chemistry the Hurricanes are set up for a deep playoff run.
“State Title. That’s the goal,” said Felton. The Hurricanes faced off against Mount Greylock on Monday.