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Despite a roster of rookies, Warrior soccer team eyeing success

LAKE GEORGE - For years, the Lake George soccer team has been a dominant force in the Adirondack League. Two years ago, the squad careened through the season on a 19-game winning streak, obliterating several school records on their way to a Class CC Section II title.

Last year was a frustrating season for veteran coach Blake White. Despite a good roster of returning talent, the team played hard and smart, but often couldn't snag the goals that were within reach. In many games they outshot their opponents by a wide margin, but lost the matchups.

This team, however, won the Western Division of the Adirondack League, and tallied a 10-9 record overall.

The graduation of the 2009 seniors meant the loss of goalie Cameron Dorman and 12 other talented players, White said. For 2010, a mere three veteran players are returning - one junior and two sophomores, he said.

"We've got a whole new crew," White said. "But after two nights of practice, it looks like we definitely have more offense."

Sweeper back David Bruno, a junior, has been moved up front, White said.

"He's gonna make some stuff happen - he's got good moves - he's a fast ball handler - the kid can run forever."

White is also looking for offensive production up front from sophomore Mason Vreugde. Last year as a rookie, Vreudge scored the two - and only - goals in a win against Bolton, which ended up going to the Sectional finals.

"Mason is really shifty and he has a big foot," White said. "He was great as a freshman, but he's now bigger and stronger."

White also has high expectations for his center midfielders, cophomore Carson Lambert and senior Pete Valenti. Lambert has one year of experience, and White said he's a good passer who takes decent shots. Valenti, who played all over the field last year, has an exceptional shot and slick passing, White said.

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