Friday, November 26, 2010
Simonton brothers figure in state soccer title
It’s rare that brothers play on the same varsity team. It’s even rarer when both start on a squad that wins a state championship. Senior Bennett Simonton and his sophomore brother Stowe of Blaisdell Drive both took the field for CCHS this past Saturday in the MIAA Division II boys soccer victory versus Nipmuc Regional, 2-1. And Stowe Simonton scored the winning goal, his first goal of the season.
“I played defense all year, then I switched to midfield just for the state tournament,” said Stowe. The team had experienced injuries to two key midfielders, forcing head coach Ray Pavlik to shuffle his players around. The brothers even played right and left fullback in a game during the season. Although even defenders can score, Stowe was the only player on the squad who hadn’t this season. As Pavlik said immediately after the game, “he couldn’t have picked a better time.”
When Bennett began playing at six, Stowe wasn’t far behind. He remembers kicking the soccer ball around the yard at the age of four. But this was the first time that the two were on the same competitive team.
“We’re pretty good friends,” said Stowe, “and we even sit on the bus together sometimes.” He noted that Bennett helped him out when he made the varsity team. He said the willingness of all the seniors on the team to help out the younger teammates has strengthened the team spirit. His mother Lynda Simonton noted that the best advantage of having two brothers on the same team is that it has really cut down on her driving her sons to practices…especially since Bennett has his driving license.
CCHS goalie Cam McGrory, formerly of Koning Farm Road, understands the need to play wherever is best for the team. Although McGrory played varsity for all four years at CCHS, he willingly played forward for the first two years as the team already had a veteran goalie. In fact, McGrory ended up as the second leading scorer his sophomore year. After the goalie graduated, McGrory returned to goal where he has proven formidable and has held off opposing goal scorers, yielding the Patriots two consecutive state titles. Pavlik said, “make no mistake about it, he is one of the best [goalkeepers] in the state.”
The team roster also included four other players from Carlisle: injured midfielder and senior Will Toczylowski of Audubon Lane, forward and senior Griffin Creighton of School Street, Sophomore Steven Van Siclen of Buttrick Lane, and Junior Brendan Nunan of Maple Street.∆
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