Somers senior Luke Bugoni is a team captain and starting defender on the varsity boys' soccer team, which won the Section 1 and regional titles in Class A. The Tuskers advance to the state semifinals this weekend.
How old were you when you started playing soccer and how did you get started?
I was 5 years old when I began playing soccer and I started with the AYSO program.
What personal goals have you accomplished and what are you continuing to work on this season?
I tore my ACL at the beginning of my junior year and I worked extremely hard to get back into soccer shape for the start of this soccer season. A goal of mine is to win a section title this year.
How have you led the team this season?
I have led the team from the back line this year and I am always communicating with my team. I have also had great support from Evan Kieltyka, Alex Elconin, Alex Piazza and Kenny Kurtz.
What has it been like being a part of a team that has been so successful this season?
It has been a great experience being part of the team this year as we have really exceeded expectations. After we lost in the first round of sectionals last year, many people doubted us this year, but we believed in ourselves and have proven that we are a quality team.
What was it like winning the sectional championships?
It felt amazing to win the section! We are all still numb! We have all worked so hard all season starting with the captain practices in June and ending with the state tournament this weekend. We truly deserved to bring home the section plaque.
What has gone right this season?
Everything has gone right this year. We have really bonded as a team on and off the field and we have really bought into coach’s new system. We also have tons of young talent this year and we seniors have done a really good job of welcoming them into the program.
What are the differences between last year and this year?
The biggest difference between this year’s team and last year’s is that we are having a lot of fun. Everyone loves coming to practice and it really is an amazing atmosphere. The team also has great camaraderie and dynamics.
What has coach Brian Lanzetta brought to the team this year?
Coach Lanzetta has been an excellent coach this year and he has brought a new approach to the Somers soccer program. We had captain’s practices led by coach Lanzetta throughout the summer and we had great turnouts. He also knows when we have to focus and work hard and when we can kick back and have some fun.
What are his strengths as a coach?
I believe coach’s biggest strength is that he is able to get the best out of everybody. He spends a great amount of time prepping for games by watching several hours of game film. His dedication allows our team to match up well with our opponent. Coach knows the game very well and knows how it should be played.
What is your favorite team activity, pregame or postgame ritual that you share with your teammates?
Before each game, we get together in the locker room and blast music while coach goes over the game plan.
Who has been your biggest role model over the years and what have you learned from them?
My biggest role models are my parents as they have driven me to countless practices, games and tournaments. Without their support, I wouldn’t be the player that I am today.
Tell us one thing about yourself that not a lot of people know?
One thing that people don’t know about me is that I am afraid of heights!
Do you plan on continuing to play soccer in college? If yes, have you committed yet, where are you going and why did you choose that school?
I do plan on playing soccer in college but I have not committed yet. I am currently looking at a few schools.
Do you know what you want to study in college? If yes, what and why?
Yes, I would like to study sports broadcasting/communications because of my passion for professional sports.
Who is your favorite professional athlete and pro or college sports team?
My favorite professional athlete is Gareth Bale and my favorite sports teams are the New York Mets and the Dallas Cowboys.
What is your favorite music to listen to warming up for a game?
I enjoy listening to anything before a game such as pop, rap or rock.
If you could have one super power, what would it be and why?
I would want to have the power to teleport so I can visit anywhere around the world.
If you could pick one place to visit on vacation that you’ve never been to, where would you go and why?
I would want to visit London because I have never been there and I would love to watch a Premier League Soccer game.
What is your favorite food to eat before or after a game?
I really enjoy eating a cheeseburger with French fries after a game.
Best place to eat in Somers and why?
The best place to eat is at my house because of my mom’s delicious cooking!
Facebook, Twitter or Instagram? Why?
Instagram, because I enjoy seeing what other people post.
For a young athlete growing up in Somers, what would you tell them about the experience of being part of the soccer program and why should they go out for the team?
Being part of the Somers soccer program has been a great experience for me and it is a great opportunity to meet new players as well as play with your friends. It’s also a great privilege to play under first year head coach Brian Lanzetta as he has brought a new outlook to the program.