South Colchester Academy senior boys open the regular season today vs. Tigers
Wolves look to lead the pack
BROOKFIELD - Rob Adams had some tough decisions to make yesterday.
The head coach of the South Colchester Academy Wolves senior boys soccer team sat on a bench on the sideline, evaluating players during a scrimmage as he prepared to finalize a roster for the new season.
"We have so many guys at the same level," said Adams, who is entering his 15th year as head coach of the team. "It's just going to be tough to decipher between, 'Do I keep the Grade 10 who I have for three years, or take the Grade 12 who is a little physically stronger but the same skill level?' It's just a hard decision. Do you go with youth or do you go with right now? That's the reason I'm having so much trouble because there are so many guys at the same level but at varying ages."
The Wolves open their Nova Scotia School Athletic Federation Division 2 Northumberland region regular season today, as they host the Hants East Tigers at 4:30 p.m.
South Colchester has been the cream of the crop in recent years, having captured six of the past seven Northumberland region titles, including five in a row between 2002 and 2006. Last year, SCA went winless in the regular season but got hot in the playoffs to claim the regional banner.
The Wolves won their last provincial crown in 2003.
"I would say the first goal is to get to the regional final this year," said Adams.
"This team looks stronger than the past two years. We have more balance. In the
other years I've had one or two really good players, but this team is probably the most balanced age- and skill-wise."
"I'm liking what I'm seeing right now," he added. "I'm seeing some good energy and some positive things."
Adams said he will look to Grade 12 players Jordan Wright (striker) and Devon
Duykers (keeper) and Grade 11 midfielders Patton Williams, Connor Fraser and Stephen MacKenzie to lead the pack this season.
"They're leaders and they're skilled," said Adams.
The Wolves also have familiarity on their side, as most players on the team have played together in the past, whether it be minor
soccer or at the junior high or senior high school level.
"Everyone gets along and everyone knows everyone," said Wright, a Stewiacke resident.
"We have good chemistry. We all know how to pass the ball, shoot the ball and do what's right."
The Wolves will play a four-game regular season - home and away games against Hants East and Amherst. They will also play exhibition games against Division 1 schools CEC, Dr. J.H. Gillis and Avonview.