WEST ORANGE, NJ - The West Orange High School Boys Soccer Team is coming off a great year, and are ready to do it again. The team went to the Essex County Finals and the New Jersey North I Group IV State Sectional Finals. The team only lost four starting seniors, a small number in the high school soccer world, and plans to make a run for the county and state finals yet again.
Captains practices began in June, every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. They continued up until preseason. Official daily practices began the week of August 12, with night practices from 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm. These practices consist of a mix of fitness, scrimmaging, and technical work. The week of August 19 marked the “two-a-days” which consist of two practices each day. Coach Doug Nevins schedules the first practice in the morning and the second one in the evening. He does this because it gives the players a chance to rest up, so they don’t tire themselves out.
High school teams change each year considering the age and development of players, as well as graduating seniors, but the 2013/2014 season won’t be much different from last year. “Last year we had a very young and inexperienced team" said Coach Nevins. He continued "We had only two players with significant varsity experience. This year we have 10 plus players that started or played significant minutes. The team played a lot of very tough games last year and should be better prepared for them this season.”
Nevins listed these experienced players “This season we have Seniors Michael Vargas, Jonathan Padilla, Ian Faloye, Michael Zarro, Matthew Wilson, and Tyler Fort Foskey. We also have Juniors Bryan Brufau and Jonathan Aristizabal. In goal we have two players that both started last year, senior Alex Goldman and junior Josh Feinblatt. We have a huge senior class this year who should all contribute a lot.”
The style of play will be similar to last year, with high pressure on the other team, a very “scrappy” way to play. “We have a lot of fast, quick, athletic players" noted Nevins. "Therefore we prefer to high pressure and force turnovers in the other teams' end. With the new field surface at WOHS we should be able to keep the ball when necessary and then attack when the time is right.”
Even though the team made it to the North I Group IV State Finals and Essex County Finals last year, Nevins is setting the bar even higher and wants to return to both finals and win.
With the dedication and work ethic that the team currently has, there is a good chance you will be seeing them holding a trophy this season.