The St. Paul Falcons are 0-2-1 so far this season, but just a glimpse of their overall record tells a much different story than their play on the field.
Despite losing to Naugatuck, 4-0, during their season opener, the Falcons held on for most of the game. The team then rallied back and tied with the league’s defending champions, Holy Cross, 2-2.
After their loss to Torrington, 3-0, last Thursday, St. Paul coach Joseph Campos said while it’s unfortunate the ball didn't go their way, it’s important for the team not to become frustrated
“When you see the way they work in practice and how hard they are working on the field and you don't get the result you're hoping for, that's the frustration,” Campos said. “These guys are legitimate ball players who are going to play at the next level. I don’t want them to get down on themselves or their teammates.”
Entering their match with Torrington, the Falcons were already down their starting goalkeeper, Tyson Raymond, due to illness. Backup Keegan Hill, who played admirably against Holy Cross, made the start but shortly left the game with a concussion. Defender Ethan Laderoute then took over the goalkeeping duties.
Campos said it’s difficult when your starting keeper goes down, but to have the second goalie go down as well is “unfortunate.”
“Anytime you lose your keeper, whether you're a team in the NVL or around the state, no team has three keepers,” Campos said. “Ethan is a defender and he worked hard and sucked it up for us.”
Campos said Torrington is always a good, quality opponent.
“We’re playing teams in the higher division. Bigger schools against a small school, but we’re building and the program is going in the right direction; that's really all that I am focused on,” he said.
Campos said the team has dynamic scores, playmakers and all conference players. He said the team has to work on getting everyone the right amount of touches and continue to get comfortable within their new formation.
He said it’s just going to take the team more reps in game to turn their record around.
“It is what it is, but we're not going to get down about it, we're going to stay positive and look forward,” Campos said. “The boys are working. We can play and we can move the ball. It’s promising, but we just have to continue working toward the goal of the state tournament.”