SCOTCH PLAINS/FANWOD, NJ -- The fall high school sports season is being given a new look due to the COVID-19 pandemic and the time has come for the boy's soccer team to being preparing to take the field for their 2020 season.

TAPinto Scotch Plains- Fanwood had the chance to speak with the team's head coach Alex Passucci about the upcoming season and his thoughts as the first game day is steady approaching.

In his first season as head coach, Passucci is working with many players for the first time (after previously serving as an assistant).

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"I'm not sure what to expect from the team. We have been together for a short period of time and due to COVID-19, we may face other challenges, but we are keeping our fingers crossed and staying positive." he said.

Looking at the team roster, Passucci notes some key losses to the squad as goalkeepers from last year, Owen Murphy and Danny Coyle.When reviewing the team's schedule, Passucci says they have every game circled as a key matchup for their success this season.

"We are not looking ahead.  We have every game circled as a key match up," said Passucci, a star for the Raiders during his high school days and for Farleigh Dickinson University on the collegiate level. "We will have our hands full with all of our opponents, but we are looking forward to the challenge."

Because the pandemic has brought a new angle to the training preparations and mental challenges to the year.

"I haven't prepared any differently. At the moment, we are taking it one day at a time," Passucci explained. "The boys are motivated and coming into every training session with a good mentality. We are very excited to be back on the field."

Team Roster:

  • Kieren Adams, Senior
  • Gabriel Bachman, Senior
  • Chris Colasanti, Senior
  • Matthew Dembiec, Senior
  • Dylan Dombrowski, Senior
  • Ryan Eng, Senior
  • Dylan Fei, Sophomore
  • Joseph Gale, Senior
  • Luke Jones, Senior
  • Sean Kennedy, Senior, GK
  • Graham Kois, Freshman, GK
  • Ethan Koseoglu, Junior
  • Joseph Linder, Senior
  • Vincent Milano, Senior
  • Rory Moser, Junior
  • Calum Murray, Sophomore
  • Nkem Okorie, Junior
  • Roman Perrelli, Senior
  • Thomas Rodriguez, Junior
  • Noah Sadler, Junior
  • Nicolas Sbordi, Sophomore GK
  • Nick Tittanegro, Senior
  • Jason Trivisonno, Junior
  • Isaac Tu, Junior
  • Eric Watt, Senior

Tentative schedule:

  • Thursday, 10/01/2020, 4:00 p.m. @ Plainfield, @Plainfield High School (CANCELED)
  • Tuesday, 10/06/2020, 4:00 p.m. vs Westfield, Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field
  • Thursday, 10/08/2020, 4:00 p.m. vs Summit, Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field
  • Tuesday, 10/13/2020, 4:00 p.m. @ Union, @Union High School - Conlon Field
  • Thursday, 10/15/2020, 4:00 p.m. vs Elizabeth, Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field
  • Tuesday, 10/20/2020, 4:00 p.m. @ Summit - Memorial Field
  • Thursday, 10/22/2020, 4:00 p.m. @ Elizabeth - Mattano Park
  • Tuesday, 10/27/2020, 6:30 p.m. vs Union, Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field
  • Saturday, 10/31/2020, 2:00 p.m. vs TBA Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field (UCIAC 1st Round)
  • Tuesday, 11/03/2020, 6:30 p.m. vs TBA Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field (UCIAC 2nd Round)
  • Thursday, 11/05/2020, 4:00 p.m. vs TBA Scotch Plains-Fanwood HS - Wexler Field (UCIAC Quarterfinal Round)
  • Saturday, 11/07/2020, vs TBD, TBA (UCIAC Semifinal Round)
  • Tuesday, 11/10/2020, vs TBD, TBA (UCIAC Team Finals) is Scotch Plains-Fanwood’s only free daily local news source. Sign up for our free daily eNewsletter and “Like” us on Facebook and Twitter @SPF_TAP. Download the free TAPinto App for iPhone or Android.

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