Insufficient numbers send Windsor boys soccer to sidelines

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Published: 8/24/2021 9:36:04 PM
Modified: 8/24/2021 9:59:23 PM

WINDSOR — Windsor High will not field a varsity boys soccer team this fall.

The Yellowjackets began preseason workouts last week with just nine students and hoped to add enough players to the squad to make a Windsor team feasible. After fruitless efforts to boost the roster, the school canceled the varsity season and entered a member-to-member agreement with Hartford High. The players who showed up to play for the Jacks will play for the Hurricanes this autumn.

Windsor went 1-9 in 2020, claming the 13th seed in the VPA Division III playoffs and losing in the first round against fourth-seeded Peoples. Hartford finished 3-6-1 last year, losing as the No. 10 seed to seventh-ranked U-32 in the D-II first round.

Hartford athletic director Jeff Moreno said last week that the Hurricanes were exploring the possibility of taking on Windsor’s players and said they wanted to help out their neighbors.

It’s the second time in recent years that Windsor has had to cancel a varsity season for want of athletes. Field hockey didn’t compete in 2015 and 2016, with four Windsor athletes joining Springfield to win a D-II state championship in the latter year. The Jacks have since rebuilt and won two straight D-III field hockey state crowns.

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