The Northumberland boys soccer team looks to rebound from a last-place finish in the district last year. And although they did not score against King William in their scrimmage, Head Coach Caleb Smith said the boys were able to do things in the game that evening that they weren’t able to do midway through last season.
“The players are highly motivated. [You can] see that it matters to them. They have the will to win,” said Smith, who added that it was evident from the scrimmage that the players had worked hard in the offseason.
Smith said he’s been working oustide the spring season to foster a soccer community in the area and make year-round soccer available to local players; he pointed to starting up local soccer programs, particularly an indoor soccer season that was held last winter at the Northumberland YMCA.
Smith said they witnessed great local turnout for the indoor program, which allowed younger players to play soccer with a more experience group. Smith added that the program has allowed Northumberland students to play and even become friends with athletes from other local schools such as Essex. With players taking advantage of soccer programs outside of the spring season, Smith said the team was in a better position than they were last year.
“We don’t have to reinvent the wheel,” Smith said, adding that he was thankful to have a surplus of players this year since they were not able to have a JV team for 2014.
Smith noted that the team has a good number of seniors and upperclassmen and that everyone is “on the same page” to start off the season.
“We’re trying new things,” said Smith. “We’re able to have a lot of different options with the personnel [we have] now.”
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