Fall sports are back and officially kicked off the season Thursday night. With the green light still on for the 2021 fall season, area teams have gone through preseason prepping for a postseason push with team’s still aiming for a class title.
Teams are still subject to cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, but as of opening day, all teams have steered clear of outbreaks and are on pace for a full, healthy season.
Here is a rundown of area teams, what their rosters will look like and what their expectations are. For previews on the Berlin and Bristol Central boys soccer team please go to newbritainherald.com/area/sports and bristolpress.com/area/sports to read the full stories.
Head coach: Matt Denecour
Record last season: 0-9-1
Upperclassmen: Sr. Modni Almahdi; Sr. Yusef Alsuraimi; Sr. Maks Chojnowski; Sr. Fernando Gogge; Sr. Kevin Kolc; Sr. Michal Kus; Sr. Alexis Mares; Sr. Almahdi Modni; Sr. Bryann Montero; Sr. Cameron Naples; Sr. Giovanni Peart; Sr. Raheem Peart; Sr. Andy Rodriguez; Sr. Saif Salman; Jr. Teyh Dossous; Jr. Lucas Klimkiewicz; Jr. Jacob Rulka; Jr. Davin Siharath; Jr. Maximilian Sczepanik; Jr. Tomasz Szydlowski; Jr. Jesus Vega; Jr. Alwan Yousef.
Head coach: Bill Sweet (52nd season)
Assistant coach: Bunty Ray and Kyle Phelan
Record last season: 4-5-4
Notable losses: Nate DiLoreto (CIAC all-state goalkeeper); Luke Hammer (centerback); Brandon Greger (centerback).
Notable underclassmen: Jr. Matt Stavens (midfield); Jr. Dylan Bartucca (midfield); Jr. Jed Sutula (midfield); So. Peyton Cummings (goalkeeper); So. Eddie Ansah (forward) and So. Preston Guarda (centerback).
Conference outlook: “The CCC South looks balanced with Bristol Central and Plainville returning some key veterans. Overall, our schedule includes the top-10 teams in the CCC, so every game will be tough.”
Team outlook: “We’ve been playing better with each scrimmage and if we stay healthy, we should be a problem for any team we play. The defense has been built and is beginning to communicate well and we’ve had some good scoring moments early on.”
Head coach: Jeff Brunetti (11th season)
Assistant coach: Shayne Munoz, Rob Barresi and Carl Flemming
Record last season: 7-1-3 (according to MaxPreps)
Upperclassmen: Sr. Christian Amaral; Sr. Manassah Dalomba; Sr. Trey Guest; Sr. Joshua Miller; Sr. Marlon Mitusina; Sr. Zachery Muse; Sr. Arby Nurcellari; Sr. Michael Padilla; Sr. Jason Welch; Jr. Beckham Alderucci; Jr. Joshua Chrzanowski; Jr. Bryce Cordeiro; Jr. Dylan Durocher; Jr. Tyler Ferreira; Jr. Dokota Hawes; Jr. Michael Pilkey; Jr. Nathan Santos; Jr. Jack Stair; Jr. Juliano Vargas; Jr. Noah Zuluga
Head coach: Austin Magaro (2nd season)
Record last season: 5-5-1 (according to MaxPreps)
Upperclassmen: Sr. Adam Gaszek; Sr. Maxwell Hotchkiss; Sr. Kevin Hubert; Sr. David Laszewski; Sr. Ryan Lunn; Sr. Matthew Morgan; Sr. John O’Connor; Sr. Ryan Salzillo; Sr. William Schroeder; Sr. Trevor Sousa; Sr. Shane Sullivan; Jr. Bradley Eng; Jr. Derek Gajewski; Jr. Ethan Germain; Jr. Diego Mendez; Jr. Noah Richert; Jr. Benjamin Taylor.
Head coach: Steven Kassoy (2nd season)
Record last season: 2-6 (according to MaxPreps
Upperclassmen: Sr. Tristan Gambuzza (goalkeeper); Sr. Francesco Vesci (goalkeeper); Sr. Nicholas Mirabilio Mulhall; Sr. James Cipriano; Sr. Andrew Cherrone; Sr. Matthew Grinvalsky; Sr. Joseph D’Orso; Sr. Anthony Penisse; Sr. Michael Sanzone; Sr. Marlon Wilkins; Sr. William Kurnik; Sr. Nicholas Grinvalsky; Jr. Jordan Conroy; Jr. Matthew Downes; Jr. Michael Cipriano; Jr. Michael Decker; Jr. Jayden Rinaldini; Jr. Nicolaus Schuler.
Head coach: Ryan De La Cruz (2nd as head coach, 3rd with program)
Assistant coach: Phil Smith
Record last season: 5-2-1
Notable returning players: Waseem Alsafari (striker, center midfielder); Dawood Alsafari (left midfielder, winger); Arnez Falcon (goalie); Bryson De La Cruz (striker); Giancarlos Posadas (centerback); Jairo Sibrian (midfielder); Aleksander Zazula (centerback).
Notable losses: Adriel Colon and Lazgin Mnala Fali.
Notable underclassmen: Jr. Martin Dahlin; So. Giancarlos Posadas; So. Bryson De La Cruz; Fr. Adam Dagamseh; Fr. Sebastian Bidoae; Fr. Sebastian Mardales.
Conference outlook: “We will be competitive this year, but we are still young and improving game by game.”
Team outlook: “We are still a young team with players with some experience, but we are hungry and have a great feeling about this season.”
Head coach: Ron Murray (5th season)
Assistant coach: Joe Freundlich
Record last season: 4-2-1
Notable returning players: Sr. Steven Calixto (Defense); Sr. Robert LeBlond (midfield); Jr. Anthony Cassarino (midfielder); Jr. Armando Sanchez (defense) and So. Damen Stepien (forward).
Notable losses: Angel Patino (captain), Christian Guzman (13 goals scored) and Tristan Pelletier (defense).
Conference outlook: “Unknown due to last year’s COVID restrictions and conference realignments. We failed to see some of our normal opponents to assess their strengths and weaknesses.”
Team outlook: “We have a pretty solid core with at least two returning starters in each of the team’s main areas. We lost 17 goals (scored from graduating players) and will look for incoming freshmen and surprises to pick up the slack. We could challenge for the conference or end up in the middle of the pack, depending on the incoming players.”
Head coach: George Smith (1st season
Assistant coach: Ryan McAdoo
Record last season: 0-10-2 (according to MaxPreps)
Upperclassmen: Sr. John Carpenter; Sr. Matthew Elwell; Sr.; Sr. Jared Rheault; Sr. Dayton Spino; Sr. Arthur Valentine; Jr. Denis Bardi; Jr. Jacob Botto; Jr. Dylan Bukowski; Jr. Mac Covello; Jr. Noah Fernettl Jr. Chris Stager.
Editor’s Note: No information was submitted for Plainville boys soccer before press.