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Fall Sports Preview: Willsboro

Photo by Keith Lobdell.

Boys soccer

The Willsboro boys varsity soccer team is looking to improve on its 2012 results by climbing up the table in Division II of the Northern Soccer League.

“Our goal is to be competitive within our division,” coach Andy Lee said. “The team wants to give their best effort during each match regardless of the outcome.”

The Warriors will have a strong midfield anchored by Seth Swires and Nick Arnold, who lead a core of experienced players.

“The returning players have a lot of game experience during last season,” Lee said. “We need to improve on our defense where we gave up two goals for every goal we scored and on offense, where we averaged 1.2 goals per game.”

The Warriors roster includes seniors Nick Arnold, Jarrid McVicker and Seth Swires; juniors Nolan Murphy, Jake Hubbard and Justin Mesec; sophomores Zach Pierson, Connor Sheehan, Cole Pierce and Lucas Cross; freshmen Jesse Hearn and Nate Yeager; and eighth grader Paul Fine-Lease.

Girls soccer

The Willsboro girls varsity soccer team will look to use the 2013 Northern Soccer League Division II regular season as a proving ground in preparation for sectionals.

“Hopefully, we can be competitive in every game throughout the season,” coach Mike Douglas said. “We play a very tough schedule, but that will help us get better prepared for sectionals. I want our team to get better with each practice and each game so we will be playing our best soccer around sectionals.”

Douglas said that he has been impressed with the work ethic of the team early in the season.

“Our overall team speed is better than is has been the past couple of years,” he said. “Hopefully, we can use that to our advantage. I would like to see continued improvement with possessing the ball and finding open players on our team rather than just kicking the ball. We are headed in the right direction, and the girls are making a conscious effort to improve upon this.”

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