By Mitch Silver
Wildcat seniors are ready for the new season. Back row, from left: Jackson Broidwolf, Troy Kesselmark, Colin Duncan, Jack Curry, and Christo Sullivan. Front row, from left: John Golden, Tyler Block, Richard Antoine, Jack Birchenough. Absent: Maxwell Smith.
Coaching Staff: Head Coach John Calandros; Assistants Charles Ogbonna, Dan Hannon, Andy Lopez.
Graduated Starters: “Seven of our graduates are playing college football this fall. Hannes Boehning, Stanford; Ryan Wolitzer, Duke; Raishaun McGhee, Harvard; Evander Jackson, Trinity; Billy Grossman, Occidental; Jared Jones, Amherst; Sean Price, Carnegie Mellon.
Opening Day: At Long Island Lutheran, September 16 at 1 p.m.
Home Opener: Hamden Hall, September 24 at noon.
What will a successful season depend on? “We have to replace eight starters on defense and seven on offense. The players who had a successful season on JV will have to step into those spots. And step up for us.”
Rye Country Day soccer seniors pose with Head Coach Cristiano Pereira. From left are Zach Wiener, Matt Molinelli, Matthew Boccanfuso, and Cole Price. Absent: Alonzo Dias and Dylan Pepe.
Coaching Staff: Head Coach Cristiano Pereira, 12th year; Assistant Coach Gary Solem, 2nd year.
2016 Record: 5 wins, 7 losses, 3 ties.
Graduated Starters: Felipe Gomez and Noah Swan.
Returning players: captain Matt Mollinelli, captain Cole Price, seniors Alonzo Dias, Dylan Pepe, Zach Wiener, juniors Cole Boester, Lucca Piccinini, Jack Miller.
Opening Day: At Poly Prep, September 6.
Home Opener: Fieldston, September 15 at 4:30 p.m.
What will a successful season depend on? “Our success will depend on how well we press on defense to win the ball back, as well as playing with composure, skill and good tactical awareness in possession.”