Here we go! The 2010 regular season is just around the corner, which gives us a chance to look back on the pre-season.
First, we want to say thank you to those young men who tried out but did not make the 2010 teams.
Just as soon as tryouts were over it seemed we were on our down to the Eastern Shore for the Pocomoke Soccer Day. A training session Friday evening (led by Anthony Welch) and three games on Saturday gave us a good opportunity to see where this year’s group was starting from.
After a 5:30 am wake-up call (or three if you were in Luke Verdi’s room… he kept trying to pick up and speak to the alarm clock!) the players grabbed a quick breakfast at the hotel, which graciously set up an early breakfast just for us, and we were on our way to the Somerset County soccer facility.
Our first scrimmage against J.M. Bennett (Salisbury) ended in a 0-0 draw. It was the kind of sleepy first scrimmage at 8am that typically defines the early morning match.
Match two was against Montgomery County’s Winston Churchill. Churchill conceded only two shots on goal but the Knights made those moments count. Luke Welch got in 1v1 against the keeper and finish coolly for a 1-0 lead. Just minutes later, Eduardo de la Riva’s deft chip doubled the lead. Team defense and in particular a poised backline shut out Churchill for a 2-0 win.
In the third match, played under blazing heat, the Knights took on St. Vincent Pallotti and finished strong, with a 3-0 win. Luke Welch, Caleb Demas and Scott McMunn had the goals. For the day, the Knights took two scrimmage victories and a tie. Most encouraging of all, they did not give up a goal the entire day.
As if the weekend was not already a success, Jeff Meek and a group of supporting players were able to win a stuffed toy from the claw game at Golden Corral!
The coaching staff wants to thank Coach Welch for his time Friday evening and all the parents who drove and chaperoned (Jennifer Falcinelli, Darrell and Ginny Wolf, Tom Springer, Jay Remsberg, Anthony Welch). Thanks to the Higginbothems, and others, who came down to watch Saturday and special thanks to the Wolf family and Sadie Wolf who helped with water, Gatorade, and other assorted tasks. Together your help makes our scrimmage day work, thanks again!...
Just as soon as we were done recovering from 5:30am wakeup calls, we were back on the MHS Stadium turf Tuesday evening against Clarksburg (defending 3A State Champions). Both the JV and Varsity teams ran into great competition and came away with losses, but many positives. Thursday evening, both Knights teams turned the lessons of Tuesday into victories in a tri-scrimmage against Catoctin and Mountain Ridge.
Now, we begin the countdown to Friday evening and the beginning of the season at the East/West Challenge. Friday evening’s match will be 8pm in Salisbury against host Parkside. Saturday is a quick turnaround, 12pm kickoff, to face last season’s 1A State Finalist Pocomoke. MHS is the defending champion of the East/West Challenge, winning last season’s by virtue of a 2-0 win over Pocomoke and a 1-1 tie (shootout victory) over Parkside. The fourth participant in the tournament is Walkersville. Defending our title won’t be easy, but the Knights are ready for the challenge. Go Knights!