MORRISTOWN, NJ - For the Morristown boys soccer team, experience will come in big numbers this season: 19 seniors are on the Colonials roster.
Winning the Section 1, Group 4 title with a largely junior cast last year, Morristown has high expectations again in 2016.
In a Monday afternoon scrimmage, Morristown defeated Kinnelon, an upper-tier Group 1 program, by a 4-0 count. The Colonials will launch the campaign on Sept. 8, when they host Whippany Park at Harter Road.
“It’s been a couple of weeks of preseason now, so the varsity squad has been selected and now it’s just a matter of just gelling and getting that chemistry,” explained Morristown coach Brian Kiernan.
In the attacking third, Morristown has a wealth of players that they can turn to for goal scoring. Aaron Castillo, Joel Espinal, and Edwin Hernandez—a trio of seniors to watch—are a handful of players to keep your eye both on the field and in the box score.
Senior Mike Storch, who saw limited time in net last season, will be the goalie for Morristown.
In front of him, Ethan De La Cruz, Chris Matzuk, Alex Ramirez, Phil Tani, and Kyle Flynn are all defenders that will see big minutes on the field this season. Flynn, a junior, is the only non-class of 2017 player on the field.
In both the United Division and in Morris County, Morristown will have to contend with Delbarton, who has finished as the #1 ranked team in New Jersey in 3 of the past 4 years. The section that Morristown will defend is always one of the deepest in the state, one that includes the likes of traditional powers Kearny and Montclair, along with solid squads like Randolph and Union City.
“We’re blessed to play as difficult of a schedule as we do,” said Kiernan, “it prepares us very well for states because there are other teams in the section that do not play as difficult as a game-in, game-out schedule.”