MANCHESTER >> During the first practice of the year, Peter Mull and his Burr and Burton boys soccer team ran up to the top of Mt. Equinox.
The run is too symbolizes starting the season on top and trying to finish the year as the top dog.
"We want to start the year on top and finish the year on top. That's always a goal here," Mull said. "Our goal is to try to crack the top four spots in Division I going to postseason play and I feel we have the team to do so."
The Bulldogs enter the 2016 season with a lot of talent on their roster.
It begins with their two captains Wally Hyndes and Ben Stewart who both return for their senior years at BBA.
Hyndes and Stewart will lead the Bulldogs on and off the field and both will be key players for BBA on offense.
Going back into the midfield, BBA returns junior Ian Maier, who made a big impact for Bulldogs at the end of the last season as a center back.
On defense, senior Alex Charette and sophomore Blake Green both return with experience from last year and will anchor the Bulldogs' back line.
"We've got some very experienced players coming back for us this year," Mull said. "Wally and Ben are our captains and will be the anchors of our offense. Ian comes back after a great showing with extended playing time at the end of last season and we expect both Alex and Blake to help rebuild our back line on defense."
In goal, BBA has two seniors battling it out for staring job in Christian Caracao and James Doherty.
Both goalies have responded well to the pressure of competing for a starting job in camp Mull said and he thinks competition has made both better players.
As for new players filling key roles for the Bulldogs this season, Mt. Greylock transfer Felix Kershaw is expected to make a huge impact this year for BBA.
The senior is a high quality player Mull said and will really help strengthen the BBA offense as an attacker or in the midfield.
BBA's other transfer Oscar Loomis is also expected to be a key player for the Bulldogs in 2016.
The sophomore from New Hampshire has bright future ahead of him, Mull said.
Another sophomore that has really impressed Mull and BBA coaching staff during camp is Daniel Hatheway who did a good job in BBA's two scrimmage during camp against Hanover and the defending Division I state champions Rice.
Junior Cam Hedberg has also been very impressive in camp and is expected to play a key role this season for BBA as well.
"We definitely have a lot of talent across the board on this team," Mull said. "Top to bottom our roster is filled with some really athletic kids and most importantly, players that are really excited about playing the sport of soccer."
For now as the Bulldogs prepare to open up the season against St. Johnsbury at home Sept. 9, Mulls said the goal will be to get the team to mesh together better and continue to improve their conditioning.
Mulls said he feels it will all work itself out as he believes the team's biggest strength of being a hard working unit and having the desire to win will help BBA be well ready by the start of the regular season.
"This is a team full of very hardworking individuals who want nothing more then to do their part to help the team win," Mull said. "There is definitely a lot of excitement around this team about this upcoming season and I can't wait to see what our team can accomplish this season."