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Bolton soccer team facing new challenges in 2009

BOLTON LANDING - This year is a landmark for sports at Bolton Central, as the soccer teams split from the Mountain Valley Athletic Conference and join their neighbors to the south in the Adirondack League.

While Bolton Athletic Director Grant Spaulding and Boys Soccer Coach Francesco Roca forecast a challenging adjustment to the level of play in the Adirondack League, observers note Bolton's tradition of dedication to the sport and exceptional work ethic.

The Bolton Central Boys soccer squad should fare well, considering that for years they've been a force to contend with in the MVAC. In 2008 they won the MVAC Division II soccer title and tallied a 14-4 record, and the prior year, placed second in the southern MVAC division.

However, Bolton has the smallest enrollment among the Adirondack League schools, and their new competitors have soccer programs that develop talent from a young age, he said.

"It's going to be a tough season," he said. In the Adirondack League, every single night your have to play your 'A game'. But we expect to be very competitive."

Leading the charge will be a solid group of Seniors - Daniel Brown, Harry Caldwell, Dominic Pfau Conor Smith, Eric Fisher, and Matt Pierson.

These players will be essential to the transition into the Adirondack League, Roca said.

"They are the core of the team," he said.

During practice this week, the team members have demonstrated their skills and willingness to work.

"There's a lot of chemistry between the forwards and midfielders - We'll be a good attacking team," Roca said. "But my defense is young and inexperienced - that's the area that needs work right now."

So even if the school is the smallest in the league, area fans should remember that about 90 percent of the 100 or so students at

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