2017-09-07 / Sports

New Look for Boy's High School Soccer

Bill Croney
The Northfield News

Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News

The combined Northfield/Williamstown Div III Boy’s team opened up their season with a
1-0 loss to Div. II U-32 thanks mostly to a stellar effort by U-32 freshman goaltender
Max Kissner (left, in blue). N/W’s Colby Gingras(right, in white) tries in vain but Kissner
gets there first to make one of his 17 saves.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News The combined Northfield/Williamstown Div III Boy’s team opened up their season with a 1-0 loss to Div. II U-32 thanks mostly to a stellar effort by U-32 freshman goaltender Max Kissner (left, in blue). N/W’s Colby Gingras(right, in white) tries in vain but Kissner gets there first to make one of his 17 saves.Photo by Bill Croney, The Northfield News The Williamstown and Northfield Boy’s soccer teams have combined this season and Williamstown’s Jacob Tassie (left, #11 in white) figures to be a key player for the as yet unnamed team. The W/N Boy’s bowed to Div II U-32 by a 1-0 score, on the Garvey Field pitch, last Friday afternoon. The team will split their home games between Northfield and Williamstown.There will be a new look for area Boy’s High School soccer this season. The Boy’s teams from Northfield and Williamstown have merged and the team on the field will feature players from both schools.

   This year’s move shadows last year’s combining of the Girl’s soccer teams from Northfield and Williamstown and that combine will continue this season as well.

   The teams will alternate home game locations between Garvey Field, in Northfield and Hayden field at Williamstown High School. There is also a move to schedule a night game at Sabine Field late in the season.

   The Combined Boy’s team (Yet to be named so I am calling them N/W, at least for now.) can put some talent on the field wherever they play. Seven players are back from the Williamstown team that made it to the Div III championship game last year (and almost knocked off 5-time champ Stowe) so they know how to win. This will be a fun team to watch.

   Just prior to the start of the season opener against D II U-32, last Friday afternoon, Assistant Coach John Triano said that whatever the team is called it, will be strong. “We are just hitting our stride and right now we may start out sluggish but by the time the second half rolls around we finish strong,” he said. His words would be prophetic for Friday’s game, at least about the second half effort.

   The bottom line is that U-32 defeated N/W by a 1-0 count but the U-32 Raiders found out that playing this combo team is no day at the beach.

The game had a mid-season feel right from the start with both teams getting attacking chances and both goaltenders being in mid-season form.

   Northfield goalie Bryce Macdougall had a great game with 10 saves while his counterpart at the other end of the pitch, Max Kissner made 17 saves- many of them of the spectacular variety.

   The only goal of the game came on a U-32 penalty kick in the 28th minute. Bryce Macdougall made a great effort to try and make the stop but the blast just beat him.

   The two halves of the game could not have been any more different. Just like coach Triano said. The Combos came alive in the second half.

U-32 held a 9-7 advantage in shots at the halftime break but the Combos dominated the second half. They out-shot the Raiders 10-2 in the second half and kept up the pressure for most of the final 45 minutes. But they couldn’t solve Max Kissner. ”Their kid (Kissner) made four point-blankers in the second half. He was unbelievable,” said Combos head coach Chris Amell.

   This is a team that has had just a few practices but they came very close against a Div II opponent with a hot goaltender and only lost by one goal. “We’re still gelling. We’re trying to put two teams together and we’ve had some bumps in the road for sure. But we will get things smoothed out,” coach Amell said.

   The 0-1 W/N Boy’s Combo team will host Lyndon this Saturday morning at 11 A.M., on the pitch at Hayden Field, in Williamstown.

 

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