The fall sports season has reached the midway point, enough for coaches to gauge their chances for success this season.
The News & Citizen caught up with Aaron McGee, head coach of the Lamoille Union boys soccer team, for his outlook on the season.
Q: Record and postseason results from last year?
5-5-3 in the regular season. We lost in the first round of the Division 2 playoffs to No. 11 Northfield-Williamstown, 2-1.
Q: Results so far this season?
1-6-1, with a win over Missisquoi, a tie with Randolph and losses to Enosburg, Stowe, Lake Region, Montpelier, Lyndon and Northfield-Williamstown. Lamoille’s last three losses have been by a single goal each game, and the other three were each by two goals.
Q: Turnout this season?
Unfortunately, we had a lower turnout this season than usual, and we were not able to field a full junior varsity team. We are using a hybrid system where some players will see both JV and varsity time. We have good numbers in the sophomore and junior classes but lower numbers of seniors and freshmen.
Q: Key players?
Liam McGee and Jake D’Amico are our captains. Teddy Levin returns as the goalkeeper, and Bryce Asper returns as a starter and is versatile as a midfielder and could be a defender. Ezra Bechtoldt returns as a starting defensive midfielder and Ethan Alexander and Erubey Lopez return and will see more time this year.
Q: Key newcomers?
Emmitt White, Liam Dearborn and Tucker Jones moved up from last year’s JV team. Matt Selby and Shane Royer have returned to soccer after taking some time off. Matt has been playing center back and Shane will be up top or out wide as a midfielder. Hugh Johnson is a freshman and will see time as a midfielder.
Q: What are some strengths and areas for improvement?
We’ve been improving our defense and trying to play through the midfield. We need to improve our ability to create more opportunities and finish them.
Q: What’s your style of play?
We’re trying to improve our ability to play a possession-oriented game with solid defensive fundamentals. The formation will change depending on opponents and who is healthy and available
Q: Matchups with key rivals?
On Wednesday we host Harwood and they are always strong. Obviously Peoples Academy away for their Homecoming will be a tough test and we end the season at U-32.
Q: Expectations for the rest of the season?
To put some of these close games in the win column.