YORKTOWN, N.Y. – It’s been a long wait for fall sports teams to get on the field, but that wait for Yorktown will finally end shortly.
That’s because the Huskers’ first practice is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 29. That will give them two weeks to prepare for their first game, which is at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 14, at home, against Brewster.
Helping the Huskers prepare for the season are their senior captains, Marco Landicino and Teddy Kozera.
Landicino plays all around the field, mostly at central midfield, or center back, while Kozera plays defense.
Landicino said he is grateful, for the opportunity, to play on the pitch one final season for the green and white.
“I’m extremely excited to get the chance to play with all my brothers one last time,” said Landicino, who added that a third Husker captain, may be named later. “I feel fortunate that we got the chance, and now we feel it’s time to show everybody the individual work we have been putting in.”
For Kozera, the opportunity to compete is something he has longed for.
“I’m very excited to get back to playing soccer; it’s what I wait for all year long, so I’m very ready,” Kozera said.
Landicino is confident that his teammates have been doing whatever they can to prepare for the season.
“I trust every single guy has been working to the best of their ability, whether that’s playing some club soccer, or individually working and training on their own,” Landicino said. “We know coming into the season in shape is important every year, but this year it might be the most important thing.”
That’s because the regular team activities, like participating in summer league at Lakeland, weren’t held because of COVID-19.
“Usually during the summer, we have practices and summer league to help get us in shape,” Kozera said. “This year, what I’ve been doing is running on my own, and up until gyms opened back up, I was lifting weights in my house.”
Both Kozera and Landicino have put their leadership skills into good use in making sure that their teammates are doing all they can to get ready for the season.
“Marco and I have been staying on top of our returning players and up and coming players looking to make the team by making sure they are running as much as they can and keep the ball on their foot,” Kozera said. “I believe, we are well prepared for when the season starts.”
Landicino concurred with Kozera.
“Teddy and I have been on top of the guys as much as we possibly can,” Landicino said. “We have been making sure they come into the season, as prepared as possible, because there can’t be a single day wasted once the season starts.”
Besides their leadership skills, Landicino and Kozera will also help the Huskers on the pitch by the simple fact that they are two talented players who enjoy playing with each other.
“Teddy is one of the best guys to play with,” Landicino said. “He’s not only a leader off the field but, on the field, he’s a commander. With Teddy playing behind me, I feel safe to venture forward because I know I have an absolute work horse like him behind me.”
Kozera said that the best thing about playing with Landicino, is his field awareness.
“He is a very smart player, and knows exactly where he should be and what to do at all times,” Kozera said of Landicino.