Friday, November 16, 2001
Carlisle boys soccer develops into a competitive team
The 2001 Carlisle boys soccer team exhibited excellent spirit while playing its first year in the tough Middlesex soccer league. Playing much larger schools, the Huskies struggled at first, but developed into a competitive team. Though the team managed just two ties in its twelve games, it earned respect from opposing players and coaches.
The leaders were this year's eighth graders. All of these players displayed fine leadership ability and team spirit. Fullbacks who became tight defensive stoppers were Kenny Hwu, Nick Lunig, Kirill Shubin, and Marcus Widell. Alex Ivanov was spectacular all year in goal, and also contributed to the midfield at times. Nick Chehames played a strong midfield, and scored on a powerful free kick against Lexington-Clarke. Bobby Koning and Mike Luby helped to stretch defenses with their outside midfield play. Walter Woodward, as a front-running forward, scored the team's most exciting goal of the year in its tie against Lexington-Diamond.
Carlisle's sixth and seventh graders showed a lot of promise this year. Seventh graders Andy Brown (midfield and defense), Alex Ostrom (midfield), Jacob Dweck (midfield), and David Tobin (defense), all were starting players for much of the year. Eight players from this year's team were sixth graders. David Grean played well in goal, especially in the final game, where he made several excellent saves. Michael Bagshaw, Tim Kirk and Patrick Fantasia filled in at defense and midfield and competed hard against much larger players. Jason Mestancik started each game at midfield and scored a last-minute tying goal against Acton. Parker Schweer and Dan Gentile each played the forward positions well and look to be big scorers in the next two years. Jon Levine played in goal, where he had the team's best goals-against average, and also at forward.
Facing stronger competition, the Carlisle Middle School boys soccer program will need to compete hard and improve in the coming seasons. Next year's returning players are looking forward to the challenge.
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