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2019 Upper Valley high school boys soccer preview

  • Mascoma High’s Carter Putnam, left, pursues teammate and fellow senior Ben Schwarz during an Aug. 19, 2019, boys soccer practice in West Canaan, N.H. (Valley News — Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Windsor High’s Bryce Moody snuggles with Chance, a 3-week-old kitten he found while mowing high grass during his summer job. Moody heard the kitten mewing in a nearby barn and, upon investigation, found he was the only member of his litter left alive. Neighbors said the mother hadn’t been seen in nearly a week, so Moody adopted the feline and brought him to his Aug. 16, 2019, boys soccer practice in Windsor, Vt., feeding him with a bottle before drills began. (Valley News — Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Thetford Academy’s Nathan O'Donnell, left, and Fritz Junker battle for the ball during an Aug. 20, 2019, practice scrimmage in Thetford, Vt. (Valley News — Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Thetford Academy boys soccer player Ryan Pepe talks with varsity co-coach Andy Boyce after the Panthers’ Aug. 20, 2019, practice in Thetford, Vt. Pepe, also a standout baseball player, is one of the team’s seven seniors. (Valley News — Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

  • Lebanon High’s Logan Falzarano, left, and Hartford’s Eddie Jeon track a loose ball in the midfield during the teams’ Aug. 22 scrimmage in Lebanon. (Valley News — Tris Wykes) Copyright Valley News. May not be reprinted or used online without permission. Send requests to permission@vnews.com.

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Valley News Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 11, 2019

It only took a year for Rob Johnstone to realize he really wanted to be coaching on a Lebanon High sideline after all.

Johnstone stepped away from Raiders boys soccer after the 2017 season. When the school decided to cut ties with his successor, Johnstone answered the call and is back with the program, looking to re-establish the consistency that marked the program during his previous 25 years in charge.

Also back on the bench: Blake Fabrikant at Sharon Academy, again filling in with a Phoenix squad eying the top of VPA Division IV. Woodstock’s Tom Avellino has had the Wasps within range of a VPA D-II title the past two years, and he’ll try to get his team over the top after significant graduation losses.

HANOVER

Coach: Rob Grabill (14).

Last Year: 15-4-0, lost in semifinals.

League: NHIAA Division I.

Returnees: Seniors — Charlie Adams (M), Latham Allison (M), Brendan Brigham (D), Kyle Doucette (D), Blake Palmer (M), Joey Perras (G), Noah Pikielny (D), Eli Stack (F), Judd Alexander (D), Will Blinkhorn (M), Toño Correa (M), Andrew Enelow (G), Amane Matsuoka (M), Patrick Osborn (F), Ethan Ross (D). Juniors — Dylan Kotlowitz (D), Nathan Subrahmanian (M).

Newcomers: Seniors — Peter Burnham (M), David Stoffel (M). Juniors — Henry Aspinwall (F), Jackson Lake (M), Tucker Monson (D), Alex Stevens (M). Sophomores — Jacob Kubik-Pauw (M), Evan Nichols (D), Eric Ringer (M).

Analysis: Hanover returns 15 seniors — including all-state striker and Brown commit Charlie Adams — and 18 players from last season’s state semifinalist squad. Rob Grabill made sure the Marauders faced strong preseason competition to be ready for challenging games at Bedford on Sept. 10 and Manchester Central two weeks later.

Hanover has won 18 state boys soccer championships, more than any school in New Hampshire, and has won seven of the last nine NHIAA Sportsmanship Awards. Adams is the program’s career scoring leader and is a co-captain along with all-state defender Kyle Doucette.

HARTFORD

Coach: Kevin Guilbault (6).

Last Year: 5-11-0, lost in quarterfinals.

Leagues: VPA Division II, Southern Vermont League.

Returnees: Seniors — Nemo Arnold (F/M), Kaj Boeri (M/D), Nick Jones (F), Jacob Mayotte (M/D), Charles Scribner (M/D), Andrew St. Martin (M), Cedar Duda (D). Juniors — Shane Miller (G), Ian O’Brien (G/D), Tanner Bessette (M), Eddie Jeon (D), Remy Lambert (M), Nick Martin (F), Carter Nalette (D/M), Jackson Smith (M). Sophomore — Tarin Prior (M/F).

Newcomers: Senior — Mykel Fungi (G). Junior — Aiden Brooks (D). Sophomore — Simon Spaulding (M). Freshmen — Sawyer Albrecht (M), Joe Beggs (D), Austin DeFelice (M), Brody Dillon (F/M).

Analysis: “I think our strengths are experience and togetherness,” said coach Kevin Guilbault, whose program returns seven seniors. “I expect that they are going work hard every day and try to become a better player every time they are on the field. If they do that, we should have a lot of success. Kaj Boeri is our captain and leader. The team has lofty goals, with good depth and skill. We hope to contend.”

LEBANON

Coach: Rob Johnstone (26).

Last Year: 10-8-0, lost in quarterfinals.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Tommy Berthasavage (M), Cooper Bourne (D), Logan Falzarano (M), Ben Tichner (M/D), Sam Twarog (M), Jacob Begin (D/G), Jon Cloud (D), Samuel Lappin (D), Jorgen Leuthauser (G), Nathan Magari (F). Juniors — Tyler St. Martin (M), Alex Felix (M/F). Sophomores — Simon Amaro (D/M), Ryan Oliveira (D/M).

Newcomers: Senior — Brian Daly (M). Juniors – Thomas Belk (M), Preston Hewitt (D), Jake Kriplin (D), Ryan Tanski (G). Sophomores — Griffin Auch (F), John Bieszczad (M), Seth Carl (M), Robert De La Cruz (F), Colby Delisle (G), Griffin Gamache (D), Noah Mekus (F), Daniel Mladek (M).

Analysis: Rob Johnstone returns to the pitch after a season away so he could watch his son, Owen, play soccer at Ithaca College. But after concussion woes, Owen won’t be playing this fall, and Johnstone will return for his 26th season on the Raiders’ sideline.

Johnstone is 280-135-38 but inherits a team that went 10-8 last season after a 7-3 start and suffered five shutouts during its final eight games. Top scorer Logan Falzarano returns after scoring 12 goals last season, 10 of which came during Lebanon’s strong start to the campaign.

MASCOMA

Coach: Keli Green (2).

Last Year: 6-10-0, missed playoffs.

League: NHIAA Division III.

Returnees: Seniors — Liam Hemmerling (D/M), Dylan Pelton (F), Ben Schwarz (M), Olivia Bean (D), Carter Putnam (M/D). Juniors — Isaac Rayno (D/M), Gavin Giovagnoli (M), Gabe Sperry (M), Michael Steckbeck-Piper (D), Connor Thompson (G). Sophomore — Ben Seiler.

Newcomers: Senior — Hunter Cadwell (D/M). Juniors — Noah Lecuyer (D), Cameron Stebbins (F/M), Duncan Tuttle (G). Sophomore — Cole Moulton (D/M), Ian Moulton (D).

Analysis: The Royals graduated only four seniors and Keli Green hopes 12 returnees will benefit from a season in her system.

“We’re replacing half of our back line and we have a new starting goalie, so we have some work to do defensively,” said Green, who’s hoping for a home playoff game this season. “But we lost only two attacking players from last year, so the middies and forwards are already working well together. We have players with strong soccer intelligence and great chemistry on the field.”

MID VERMONT CHRISTIAN

Coach: Zach Bryan (6).

Last Year: 5-8-0, lost in first round.

League: VPA Division IV.

Returnees: Seniors — Stan Nelson (G), Dylan Patel (F/D), Cade Paquette (D), Elliot Renninger (M). Junior — Evan Berman (D). Sophomores — Rachel Horner-Richardson (M), Tenrick Renninger (UT). Freshmen — Nicholas Jasmin (D/M), Joel Roberts (F), Skye Whitcomb (M).

Newcomers: Senior — Hunter Cooper (D). Eighth-graders — William Scalese (M), Abel Goodwin (M).

Analysis: The Eagles lost their playoff game, 6-0 to Sharon Academy, last year but coach Zach Bryan is hopeful a more-experienced roster will lead to a deeper run.

“We are looking forward to another year playing in front of senior Stan Nelson in goal,” said Bryan, whose 2018 Eagles won three overtime games. “He is keeping behind a solid defense, including three seniors anchored by Elliot Renninger. We have a developing offense that has some dangerous speed.”

NEWPORT

Coach: Caleb Goodwin (2).

Last Year: 4-11-1, missed playoffs.

League: NHIAA Division IV.

Returnees: Seniors — Mason Martell (M/D), Mike Wilkinson (D), Zen Hall (D), Jared Meyette (D), Garrett Harold (G), Zack Davis (D), Cooper Skarin (F). Juniors — Matt Gallegher (D), David Hutchinson (G). Sophomores — Reece Johnson (D), Hayden Palmer (F).

Newcomers: Seniors — Braydon Kraft (F), Caleb Palmer (M/G). Juniors — Gavin Callow (M), Sean Moody (M). Sophomores — Cameron Maynard (D/M), Aiden White (F). Freshmen — Jake Baltazar (M), Roman Parker (M), Anson Ritondo (D).

Analysis: Newport fell just short of the playoffs last season but brings back Skarin, who had five goals and three assists. The Tigers won three of their final five games a year ago and hope for better results during their program’s third year.

OXBOW

Coach: Andrew Fisher (1).

Last Year: 3-12-0, lost in first round.

Leagues: VPA Division III, Mountain League.

Returnees: Seniors — Dan Sweet (F), Joshua Fifield (M). Juniors — Bryce Ilsley (F/M), Cameron Boardman (F/M), Carter Allen (D/G), Zach Kane (D). Sophomores — Chris Roy (D), Dylan Bearce (G/F).

Newcomers: Junior — Cole Nanopoulos (D). Sophomores — Matthew Hayes (D), Quinncy Beaudin (F). Freshmen — Chase Lund (M/G), Carter Andrews (D), Michael Aldrich (D), Caide Covey (M), Xavier Beaudin (D). Eighth-graders — Dakota Goodridge (G), Cameron Roy (F), Brady Nichols (F).

Analysis: Andrew Fisher inherits only two returning seniors from a team that was outscored, 50-18, last season and lost seven of its last eight games. He hopes to help the Olympians becomes more competitive.

“I am glad to be a part of this program to help renew a strong tradition of soccer at Oxbow,” Fisher said.

“At my last coaching job, in Dallas, I stepped into a position primed for success. Although we were district champs, I didn’t feel like a lot of growth happened. I am excited about watching these young men grow as players and as people. That’s what really makes it worthwhile to me. I think the future is bright for our squad, and I expect us to be serious contenders in the near future.”

RIVENDELL

Coach: Kevin Brooker (1).

Last Year: 13-3-0, lost in semifinals.

Leagues: VPA Division IV, Southern Vermont League.

Returnees: Seniors — Johnny Vogelien (F), Dylan Ricker (M), Henry Tse (D), Luke Senn (F/co-capt.), Nolan Yvon (D), Ryan Woodbeck (D), Zach Gould (F/co-capt.), Sean Maddock (M). Juniors — A.J. Debois (M; co-capt.), Owen Mansur (G), Nathaniel Parkin (D), Caleb Haehnel (D). Sophomore — Kyle Carter (M).

Newcomers: Juniors — Ander Alba Erazo (M; exchange student from Spain), Konrad Gilardi (D; exchange student from Germany). Sophomores — Lyle Rinehimer (D), Jameson Gilbert (G/D). Freshmen — Derek Vogelien (F), Josiah Welch (M).

Analysis: Kevin Brooker enters his first season as the head coach at Rivendell after being an assistant for Bob Thatcher last season. Thatcher coached the Raptors for 47 years, which included their 2017 state championship, but was let go this April. Rivendell returns eight seniors and four juniors with experience, and Brooker expects the Raptors to continue to compete at a high level.

“We are in a new league (Southern Vermont) and playing a predominantly D-III schedule with mostly new teams,” Brooker said, “so the learning curve will be quite exciting.”

SHARON

Coach: Blake Fabrikant (1).

Last Year: 6-9-1, lost in quarterfinals.

Leagues: VPA Division IV, Southern Vermont League.

Returnees: Seniors — Tony Dorman (D), Olly Skeet-Browning (M), Jackson Ziegler (F). Juniors — Erik Younce (F), Ian Robertson (F), Ben Roadis (G), Leland Pelletier (D), Peter North (D). Sophomores — Jaxon Nichols (M), Daniel Henderson (M), Riley Eastman (M), Gus Byrne (M), Ever Tofel (M), Blair Locke (D).

Newcomers: Senior — Jackson Bradford (D). Junior — Andrew Sawyer (D). Freshmen — Simon North (D), Parker Bogardus (M), Caleb Benjamin (D), Jack Lloyd (M).

Analysis: Athletic director Blake Fabrikant, who’s previously coached girls soccer and boys basketball at the school, steps into a new role with boys soccer. His turned-over roster features nine underclassmen and he’s expecting leadership from Olly Skeet-Browning, one of Vermont’s better players.

“Our margin for error is slim and we have limited depth with our substitutes being so inexperienced,” Fabrikant said. “Staying healthy is paramount to our success. We are going to have to overcome our lack of physicality by employing a fast-paced but intentional, possession-based style. If we can shore up some of the gaps in our defense, there is a strong possibility for a deep postseason run.”

STEVENS

Coach: Jason Stone (8).

Last Year: 4-10-2, missed playoffs.

League: NHIAA Division II.

Returnees: Seniors — Josh Thurber (M), Caleb Royce (M), Brennan Huntoon (M), Tyler Bonneau (D). Juniors — Gabe Miller (D), Brady Moote (D). Sophomores — Dylan Chambers (M), Reeve Wilkinson (D), Cooper Moote (G).

Newcomers: Junior — Colby Jarvis (D). Freshman — Aiden White (D).

Analysis: “Last year was our first year in Division II in over 15 years,” said coach Jason Stone, whose Cardinals return nine letterwinners, including rising star Cooper Moote in net. “We were very young and struggled with the size and pace of the league last year. This year, I am incredibly encouraged by the attitude and focus that these guys have started out with. Those two things alone will make this season much more successful.”

THETFORD

Co-coaches: Ray Thorburn and Andy Boyce (2).

Last Year: 2-12-1, lost in first round.

Leagues: VPA Division III, Capital League.

Returnees: Seniors — Ryan Pepe (F/M),) Garrett Shafer (M/F), Aidan Moore (D), Dylan Kuban (D). Juniors — Jack Hastings (F), Dylan Moody (M), Knute Linehan (M/D).

Newcomers: Seniors — Nathan O’Donnell (D), Liam Curtis (M/F), Frank Loveland (M/F). Juniors — Ryan Wolf (G), Riley Burkins (M). Sophomores — Ethan Marshia (D), Fritz Junker (D), Elliot Jones (M).

Analysis: The Panthers were 0-6-1 during their final seven games last season and were outscored, 41-19 during the campaign as a whole. However, their coaches are hoping increased varsity experience will generate teamwork and additional success. “We want to compete in a very tough Capital League and get a home playoff game or fwo,” coach Ray Thorburn said.

WHITE RIVER VALLEY

Coach: Alex Montano (6).

Last Year: 11-3-1, lost in first round.

Leagues: VPA Division III, Southern Vermont League.

Returnees: Seniors — Eric Taylor (M/F), Zeb Perreault (D/M), Timber Russell (D), Diego Munez (F). Juniors — Kendrick Madore (M), Carder Stratton (M), Jacob Barry (F), Jack Simack (F), Ryan Smith (M), Alexander Lober (D/M). Sophomores — Weston Trombly (G/D), Donovan Forcier (D), Dominic Craven (D/M), Elijah Kinsley (F).

Newcomers: Seniors — Alexander Kimball (M), Dekin Kill (G), George Carr (D). Juniors — Morgan Hodgdon (M). Freshman — Zach Armstrong (D), Nickthaniel Duprey (D), Colin LaFromboise (F), Robby McShinsky (F), Daniel Smith (M), Samuel Slack (D).

Analysis: Alex Montano, whose team outscored opponents, 35-12, last autumn, hopes for a postseason run after what will be the second season of merging players primarily from Bethel and Royalton. One challenge is a tough schedule, but with 26 players, the Wildcats won’t lack depth. Still needed: players to step up at striker and goalkeeper and help offset the graduation loss of midfielder Jake Hewitt and his five goals and nine assists.

WINDSOR

Coach: Steve Mulloy (2).

Last Year: 3-11-1, lost in first round.

Leagues: VPA Division III, Southern Vermont League.

Returnees: Seniors — Dylan Hodgdon (M/F), Elijah Milligan (G), Dylan DeSchamp (M), Justin McKenrick (M/D). Junior — Andrew Kelly-Jacobs (F). Sophomore — Bryce Moody (D).

Newcomers: Senior — Gannon Dellinger (D). Juniors — Blake Archambault (M), Jack Morin (D), Cooper Bevis (M/D), Brandon Hennessey (M/D), Conner Allen (M/F), Evan Strobol (M/D), Vaughn Phillips (M/D). Sophomores — Adam Dufor (M/F), Jacob Singelais (G), Kaleb Swett (M/D), Emmet Moeykens (D). Freshmen — Kato Gray (M/F), Parley Burkland (M/D), Harrison Hall (M/F).

Analysis: Steve Mulloy, who coaches for the Norwich-based Lightning Soccer Club, will try to snap a string of seven losing seasons. The Yellowjackets were outscored, 50-18, last fall and endured a 9-0 playoff loss at Peoples, the seventh time they were shut out. Andrew Kelly-Jacobs is the leading returning scorer with two goals and an assist.

WOODSTOCK

Coach: Tom Avellino (8).

Last Year: 12-4-1, lost in championship game.

Leagues: VPA Division II, Southern Vermont League.

Returnees: Seniors — Stephen Bianchi (G), Christian Bloch (M), Blake Heston (M), Sam Mitchell (D/M), Gabe Bango (M), Harrison Morse (M). Juniors — Andrew Gubbins (M), Mason Harkins (D/M), Parker Kuhnert (M), Taylor Plourde (M), Tom Bissaillon (M). Sophomores — Emmet Mahoney (M), Alex Rice (G), Liam Breenan (D).

Newcomers: Sophomores — Evan Kurash (M), Wyatt Napier (D), Keaton Piconi (D), Jackson Martsolf-Tan (M). Freshman — Trey Jones (M/D).

Analysis: The Wasps graduated seven seniors from a team that posted three consecutive playoff shutouts before falling, 3-0, to Harwood in the state title. Chief among them was speedy Isaac Emery, who posted 10 goals and two assists. The leading returning scorer is the stocky and powerful Tom Bissaillon, also an ice hockey and baseball standout.

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Editor’s note: This document reflects corrections to the Rivendell Academy boys soccer preview for errors in the team roster.