Lisbon Boys Look To Continue Vaunted NAC West Run
BY DAVE SHEA
Lisbon Central left the field deeply disappointed but highly undaunted as they walked off the field last season after dropping a 1-0 loss to Section 7 Chazy which moved on to the New York State Class D Final Four in Boys Soccer.
The Golden Knights would return 10 of 11 starters and they set their goal to return to the regional finals in 2020 and gain a berth in the state semi-finals.
But their plans have been altered by COVID-19 pandemic which cancelled the Spring sports seasons including Lisbon's hopes to secure a second straight Class D baseball championship and Final 4 appearance. The effects of the pandemic have been catastropic and prolonged.
Soccer teams returned play this fall but the season will be restricted to the regular season with no sectionals or state tournament. The pandemic also delayed Lisbon's season-opener when Edwards-Knox went virtual only when positive tests in the school's staff.
Lisbon will open its season on Tuesday.
The Knights went 12-0 in the NAC West last season, went 19-1 and did not lose until the regional game with Chazy.
"It is too bad that there will be no sectionals or state tournament because our guys were really looking forward to unfinished business. But we feel very lucky to be playing and we just hope that we can get the season in and repeat as league champion." said Lisbon Coach Diky Marcellus who will once again be assisted by Kelley Geary.
"We have the bulk of last year's team back but we have two replace two key players in center middie Karter Jordan and goalie Hayden McBath who is playing for a club team in Pennsylvania."
Senior Matt Robinson and sophomore Caleb Richardson are the two goaltending candidates while Coach Marcellus looks to returning First Team All-NAC selection Jack LaRock to move into the central midfielder post and combine fellow first teamers in sweeper Ben LaRock and striker Miles Gendebien and second team all-stars in stopper Teagan Jordan and striker Griffin Walker to control the middle of the field from endline to endline.
"We definitely have a lot of talent and I thought we had a lot of nice buildups in the scrimmage against OFA where we gave all 25 guys some good playing time. We have a lot of returning players, and some good young players who will give us some nice depth." The Knights' returning cast also features junior midfielder Chase Jacobs, junior midfielder-forward Rowan Rishe, junior halfback Coop Davison, senior Tyler Gravlin (striker), junior midfielder Storm Walker, junior halfback Alex Vesel, senior forward Kaiden Mussen, senior fullback Greg Wood, senior fullback Jordan Carr and sophomore halfback-striker Issac LaRock.
First year varsity players are: sophomore midfielder Griffin Wert, junior midfielder Colin Parmeter, freshman midfielder-forward Lucas Gravlin, sophomore forward Matt Bleau, sophomore fullback Eric Parmeter, freshman midfielder Truman Gendebien, freshman fullback Caleb Hayden and sophomore forward David Jewtra.