HEUVELTON - The Heuvelton Boys Soccer team will be looking to build off last year’s run in the Section 10 Class D Tournament where the Bulldogs tied NAC East Champion Madrid-Waddington 1-1 and advanced in a shootout to face Morristown in the semi-finals and lost 1-0.
Heuvelton (6-10-3) was coming off its first Section 10 title in 2013 and lost seven outstanding seniors that year.
Coach Dave Steele doesn’t have that many seniors to replace this season but his Bulldogs lost four strong players in defender Dylan Liscum, Aidan Scagel, First Team All-NAC West halfback Lucas Brown and second team all-star forward Joe McDonnell.
“The team this year has a full season of experience under there belt with the addition of nine new members we are looking to continue to improve on the nice finish to last year’s postseason,” said Steele.
Senior Zach Lashomb returns to goal and will be joined by classmates Andrew Streeter (M), Casey Smith (D), Chris Lovely (M), Will Tenant (L), and Andrew Butterfield (D).
Defender Mike Martin and Ben Jacobs and forward Jordan MacCauley are three solid juniors and will look to provide leadership along with another junior returner in defender Josh Trathen. First-year juniors are: Matt Hooper and Victor Gagnon.
Sophmore Cole Piercey was a midseason call up last season and became a instant spark for the Bulldogs and eighth grade forward Noah Steele is a strong candidate to be major scoring threat.
Other newcomers include: Brandon Stewart (Soph. D), Tanner Lapiene (Soph. M), Collin Trathen (Soph. D), Josh Cote (Soph. O), Brayden Couglar (Soph. GK) , Andrew Woodard (Soph. M), and Keegan Kelly (8th, D).
“The west and east divisions will once again be very competitive this season, so our focus is to have quality improvement through out the regular season in preparation for the postseason,” said Steele whose team will open its season and NAC Division play at Morristown on Monday.