Through the early part of the season, the Broadalbin-Perth boys soccer and Mayfield soccer teams have gotten off to strong starts.
The Patriots are 8-0, while the Panthers are 6-1.
Gloversville, Canajoharie and Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville all have three wins, while Johnstown and Northville each have two wins. Fonda-Fultonville and Dolgeville each have one win, with Wells and Amsterdam winless this far.
Though it lost Cam Monks, Nick Pickering, Noah Marek, Sam Finch and Kyle Jordan from last season’s team, Broadalbin-Perth returns plenty of experience.
Ian Halloran, Stephen Spraker, Griffin Goodemote, Ryan Zajaceskowski, Jake Bunker, Zach Monks, Will Austin and John Person all return for the Patriots, who went 14-5-1 overall last season.
Newcomers Devon Holz, Jared Eipp, Preston Taylor, Nick Myers, Dylan Sweet, Brayden Jeffords, Joe Dylong and Jake Cope round out the B-P roster.
“We have an experienced group boys that have shown a tremendous amount of focus and discipline during the preseason,” Broadalbin-Perth coach Brian Henry said. We should have a very competitive season if we stay healthy.”
Gloversville lost several players from last season and are looking to fill the void that was left
“Losing our seniors resulted in losing 90 percent of our goal production which is obviously a challenge but one this squad is embracing,” Gloversville coach Jason Hillabrandt said. “We lack depth but we are confident in our training and where we are entering upcoming games. We are young but very quick and hope to use that to our advantage. By far our biggest concern is our health and maintaining the positive approach we have established within our team.”
The Dragons lost Matthew Smrtic, Cameron Stewart, Josh Young, Steve Kwak and Zachary Catucci from last year’s squad.
Cameron Biche, Sam Poulin, Brent Muhlberger Jr., Connor Schlioka, Nick Washburn, Brian Hugo, Rami Issa, Robert Ward and Nick Bruce all return for Gloversville, while newcomers Ryan Issa, Damian Bruce, Raymond Strauser, Tyler Quinones, Jason Dennie and Tyler Kemmet round out the roster.
In his first season as Johnstown coach, Tommy Horning inherits a team that returns several players.
Jacob Billa, Danny Jarabek, Erik Frank, Derek Lee, Mike Brown, Charlie Brown, Matthew Boyle, Jordan Herron, Christian Solby and Jacob Petrie all are back from the Sir Bills, who went 5-11-1 overall last season.
Newcomers Alex VanDeusen, Peter Vandenburgh, Andy Sitterly, Zach Vogel, Tyler Benton, Tyler Daijogo, Tyler Bump, Alex Pratt, Nick Stillwell and Zach Dunnkosky complete the Johnstown roster.
“We want to build team chemistry and character,” Horning said. “We want to improve our spot in the Foothills standings.”
After posting a 1-15 overall record last season, Amsterdam lost Pat Corcoran, Tim Steele and Jared Baldizon from last year’s team.
Misha Murdoch, Owen Devine, Tim Kline, Anthony Rossi, Elias Sanchez, Dan VanEps and Kevin Vargas return for the Rams, while Ever Arevalo, Randy Spraker, Antonio Reyes and Ryan Bradt are new to the roster.
“We’re looking to be much more competitive and make sectionals this year,” Amsterdam coach Chris Modelowski said.
Through seven contests this season, Mayfield is 6-1 and leading its division in the Western Athletic Conference.
The Panthers lost Jack Albertin, James Sweeney, Ryan Davis, Marc Radnai, Dylan Sweet and Tyler Almy from last year’s team, which went 14-4 overall.
Mayfield returns Brendan Gifford, Taylor Madeiros, Harrison Harper, Carter Ivancic, Jared Albertin, Dan Ellis, Anthony Brandow, Brian Graf, John Fancher, Drew Snyder, Tommy Gates and Garret Delaney.
Newcomers Alex Ringer, Riley Mykel, Daniel Leach, Anthony Yuret and Oskar Ruthemann complete the Panthers’ roster.
“This year’s team has a strong foundation built on the experience of several returning players. The newcomers are pushing the experienced players for time on the field,” Mayfield coach Jon Caraco said. “This high level of competition has made for spirited practices. If we can remain healthy, I hope to be a competitive team in the WAC..”
Northville was hit hard by graduation, losing Jordan Monette, Dustin Buyce, Keegan Enders, Dalton Rudd, Shane Smith and Jacob Coupas to graduation.
The Falcons return Dan Ryan, Danny Reidell, Nate Reidell, Lucas Jetty, Michael Kalkbrenner, Skyler Edwards and Jordan Wadsworth from last year’s team, which went 7-9-3 overall.
Levi Morgan, Joey Grega, Cameron Warner, Josh Sitterly, Jarett Sweet, Andrew Klingbeil and Eric Knowlton-Page are new to the Northville roster.
“Northville lost a lot to graduation last year, including its entire defense. This year, especially early on, it will take some time for the Falcons to find their cohesive defensive unit,” Northville coach Stephen Clapper said. “If they can get their back line in place led by up and coming Lucas Jetty in the nets, then they’ll turn to senior Danny Reidell, who led the team last year with 16 goals, and senior Dan Ryan, who was in the goal last year, but moved into the field this year, to compliment Reidell to help lead the team offensively.”
In its return to the Western Athletic Conference, Fonda-Fultonville has a team with plenty of experience.
The Braves return Stiven Florez, Chris Epting, Jake Lagreca , Connor Hanson, Mitch Araya, Myles Andersen, Josh Coyne, Jagger Tiffault, Zach Guiffre, Josh Fancher, Ryan McCrea, Joseph Wilder, Brett Kneeskern, Jeremiah Tooley, Ryan Lewis, Evan Wieczenski and Kyle Nare.
Newcomers Liam Viscosi, Dylan Livingston, Matthew Buanno, Justin Newcomer, Andrew Claus, Matthew Wieczenski and Matthew Cimmino complete the Braves’ roster.
“We have a solid core of returners from last year’s team,” FFCS coach Matt Bloom said. “This group improved all season long last year and I look for us to continue that as we work towards sectionals.”
After posting a 2-14 record last season, Canajoharie returns Kevin Mazzarella, Elijah Bowley, Louis Hand and Mack Frank.
Newcomers Nick Shariff and Jared Bentz are expected to contribute for the Cougars this season.
“We hope to compete now that we play all teams in the WAC once,” Canajoharie coach Blake Smith said.
In his first season as coach at Oppenheim-Ephratah/St. Johnsville, Darin Lynch will look to find a way to replace Devan Battisti, David Anselmo, Brad Smith, Ezra Lynch and Dylan Klock among others.
Jack Brundage, Zack Mosher, A.J. Hayes, Robert Snell and Trent Barker return for OESJ, which went 6-10-1 overall last season.
Newcomers Jeff Baker, Aric Looman, Mike Smith, Tyler Leon, Mason Snell, Braden Fredericks, Seth Myers, Colby Cover, Aiden Eggleston and Skyler Barker complete the OESJ roster.
“With a young team of five returning varsity players, and nine first-year varsity players, OESJ is looking to rebuild after graduating 12 seniors,” Lynch said. “OESJ will look to utilize speed and aggression to fuel it’s youthful squad.”
Fort Plain won’t field a varsity boys soccer team this fall.
Northern Soccer League
After going 4-8 last season, Wells will look to replace Nick Taylor, Stephen Beach, Erik Mattice and Tucker Young
Jordan Biederman, Ryan Bolebruch, Taylor Chicoski, Ty Earley, Nick Dopp, Daniel O’Connor and Caleb Trezise all return for the Indians.
Newcomers Coby Stuart, Sebastian Beach, Shane Kenedy, Matthew Speece and Tre Zimmerman round out the Wells roster.
“We have a couple subs so it will allow some players to rest,” Wells coach Donnie Beach said. “We’re looking to be in more games in the later minutes.”
Center State Conference
Having not fielded a varsity team in several seasons, Dolgeville posted its first win since 2006 over Herkimer earlier this season.
The Blue Devils’ roster all returns from the junior varsity team last season.
Jacob Null, Jacob Cargen, Owen Davies, Austin Green, Chyle Grossman, Jerimiah Dennino, Nick Coffin, Roger Nichols, Noah Nichols, Chandler Riddell, Anthony Chromczak, Andrew Mosenthin and A.J. Monk make up the Blue Devils’ roster.
“Moving into the season, we look to learn and grow even more as a team and a program at Dolgeville,” Dolgeville coach Chris Green said. “We learned a lot last year, including myself as head coach, and wish to move toward into this season with wins. As a team, we look for some wins and develop a good soccer team.”