NEWTON, NJ—The Newton High School boys soccer team is ready to play this fall season and is already looking ahead to the championships.

According to Brian Martin, head coach of Newton for the past eight years, he is confident that the team will win the league.

“Our goal is to compete for any championship that the state offers," Martin said. "We have many tremendous returning players and I believe this will be a significant year."

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Newton High School alumnae and current teacher Paul Filan and Class of 2010 alumnae Kevin Churchill will be returning to the Braves' field as assistant coaches.

The five returning starters are Brian McKeowan, Donovan Thomas, Remy Ivaldi, Toby Woolridge, and Robert Giordano.

“The players are self-motivated given the circumstances and every player has been utilizing this time to improve physically and mentally,” Martin said. It is too early to predict which players are expected to step up as “we have a tremendous pool of motivated talent," he said.

The biggest surprise of the off-season for coach Martin was seeing how resilient the players are and their understanding the importance of sport during difficult times. 

“We are a program based upon a winning attitude”, said Martin, “regardless of what the season looks like, we aim to win.

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