BROADALBIN — With just 15 players on this year’s varsity roster, Broadalbin-Perth boys’ soccer coach Brian Henry is hoping to stay healthy this season.
“We need to stay injury-free this year. If we lose a guy or two, it completely changes the dynamic of the team and how we want to play,” Henry said.
In addition to having a small roster, Henry also comes into the season looking to fill some holes in his lineup.
“Our numbers are low-ish for us,” Henry said. “We graduated several seniors, so we kind of knew going in that this was what would happen. We’re trying to fill the holes they left behind.”
B-P lost Luke Barnhart, Marco Bianco, Nicolino Bianco, Evan Gralitzer, Carter Iannotti, Anthony Musillo, Kody Rogers, Sam Rogers, Colin Santon and Ian Schwartz to graduation.
Sam Rogers was the Foothills Council Most Valuable Player last season, while Kody Rogers and Nick Bianco were named second-team all-stars. Schwarz was named honorable mention for the Patriots, who went 16-3 overall and 11-2 in Foothills Council play. B-P also reached the Section II Class B semifinals before losing 2-1 to Mechanicville.
“We had a special team last year,” Henry said.
Though it lost several key contributors, the Patriots return several players from last year’s squad.
Seniors Sam Spraker, Stephen Chrysler and Ethan Brott will be this year’s team captains and all return, along with seniors Dean Smith and Darrin Mosher.
Brott was a second-team Foothills Council all-star last season.
Also coming back for the Patriots are juniors Antonio D’Aniello, Landon Russom and Massimo Pasquarelli, and sophomore Alex Rogers.
D’Aniello was named Foothills Council honorable mention last season.
“We have some talented guys on this year’s team,” Henry said. “We’ll be competitive. We’re hoping to sneak out some wins that maybe we’re not supposed to get.”
Rounding out the roster are six newcomers. The group includes senior Jordan Cordon, juniors Charles Santon and Daniel Gatto, and sophomores Ezekiel Boehme, Jace Garrison and Jake Holland.
Henry will be assisted this season by Jason Hillabrandt, Stephen Spraker, Chris Korona, Jared Baldizon, Mike Graves and Jerry Pepoon.
“We’ll see what happens this year. We’ve got a mix of veterans and somewhat younger players,” Henry said.
Broadalbin-Perth is scheduled to open its season Thursday against Schuylerville at Glens Falls in the Foothills Cup at 4 p.m.
The Patriots also will face Glens Falls on Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Foothills Cup in Glens Falls. Both contests will be non-league games.