Written by Vinny Messana Thursday, 12 September 2013 00:00
Last season was the first year that Manhasset boys soccer did not reach postseason play during Head Coach Nole Gish’s tenure. He had previously led the Indians to the county semifinals in 2010 and a postseason berth the following year.
He’s hoping that last year was a mere blip on the radar.
“I look at last year as a rebuilding year,” said the fourth year Head Coach. “We had a bunch of younger players that can now use that as experience,” he added.
Even in a so-called rebuilding year, the Indians still only missed the playoffs by one point. After a dismal start, losing their first six games, they roared back by finishing 4-1-1 in the latter half of the schedule.
The team will be led by senior captains Chris Ferraro and Gabe Mielefzko as well as Will McNamara, who is also a captain. Despite having only two seniors, the team will be returning “six or seven starters depending on how you look at it,” said Gish.
They will be relying on some steady goaltending by Tyler Dunn, who is playing his second year of varsity ball. Gish noted that he has been more known as a lacrosse player during his high school playing days, but will play a pivotal role on this squad. Devin Smith and Kurt Wesch will also play key roles. The latter played Varsity as a freshman this year, and will certainly be more comfortable in his second season.
One challenge that Gish pointed to is the new alignment of the conference, which features 12 teams. The Indians will play each team only one time now, which could pose a challenge with the depth of talent in the conference.
The team will open up their schedule on September 9, at home against Port Washington.