Experience a key for Panthers
"We are lucky because we only lost two seniors from last season," said girls soccer head coach Tom Husser. "This year, we have six seniors coming back and they're all ready to go."
While they are only on day 3 of practices, Husser sees a lot of professionalism and chemistry, led by seniors Taylor Mann, Darian Morgan, Allison Perry, Samantha Flohr, Sydney Eggsware, and Angela Gonzalez.
"They are all soccer junkies," Husser said. "They play all year round and practice with the coaches up at Williams College. They have done it all four years and love it. Bottom line they want to win. They don't care who scores the goal. They are the total package."
While Mann and Morgan were the team's leading scorers last season, five of the six were first or second-team Wasaren League all-stars a year ago.
"It's like having six more coaches at practice with us," Husser said. "They have created the team chemistry already. We have great senior leadership and all these girls just love the game. This is the stuff that helps us win, they all get along and have fun."
For the boys, they had four players graduated last year, with only two of them being starters.
One of the two starters was midfielder Michael Haynes, who led the team in scoring and earned first team Wasaren League honors, along with defender Jordan Case.
But there's a lot returning, including Anthony Amidon, Zaine Becker, Ethan Mattison and Tanner Cahill, all with varsity experience, and goalie Cody Hodges.
As a result, head coach Tim Ossont believes that there will be growth throughout the roster.
"We had a young team last year and some of the younger guys are going to step into bigger roles this year," Ossont said. "Most of these guys got used to the level of play last season and they realized what type of work they needed to put in during the offseason [to be ready for this
With the kick-off of the 2017 soccer season about two weeks away, neither of the Hoosick Falls soccer teams are worried about filling out a roster, instead they are focused on growing and building around the same cores they had last season.
The boys season starts with a game under the lights at Hoosick Falls Central School on Aug. 29 against Spa Catholic, while the girls begin their campaign on Aug. 31, also under the lights, at Hoosick Falls hosting Tamarac.
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