M-W Looking To Continue Boys Soccer Legacy
The 2020 Madrid-Waddington Boys Soccer ranks shows some exceptional potential that is going to take some hard work on everyone’s part to attain. This is especially true for the coaches and parents of the players. Everyone is living in a historic time during this COVID- pandemic and it has created challenges.
"Our Section 10 athletes have not competed in high school competition since March of 2020 and it has been hard to get going. We lost some great players who had great high school careers and now we are looking for players to fill their roles and legacies they left behind. John McCall, Brennan Harmer, Lucas Ryan, Cade VanBuren Gabe Murphy, Nick Burns, Joey Green, Will Murphy, Jacob Murphy and Trent Lashua were all starters and they left big shoes to fill," said M-W Coach Ryan Robinson.
The large senior cast of a year ago enjoyed an outstanding experience in a race for the NAC East Division title with Parishville-Hopkinton and followed by repeating as Section 10 Class Championships. M-W won Class D Championships in 2017 and 2016 and suffered a double overtime loss to Chateaugay in the 2015 Class D finals.
Because of the COVID 19 Pandemic there will be no Section 10 or New York State Championships this fall leaving the Jackets to mount another run in the NAC East Division. Last season M-W finished at 11-2-1 for 23 points and just one point behind 11-1-2 Parishville-Hopkinton. Chateaugay followed at 9-4-1, Colton-Pierrepont finished at 8-5-1 and Brushton-Moira posted a n 8-6-0.
Coach Robinson feels that the Jackets can develop an excellent leadership core as the season progresses. M-W will begin a new season with a 10 a.m. Saturday morning start at St. Lawrence Central
"We have three seniors returning that all benefited from last year’s team. Brody VanBuren returns to the offense and will look to close out a great soccer career that started as a sophomore where he made an immediate impact and contribution and he will now be a team leader. He is joined by Kyle Stoner and Ethan Bailey who will both be in the starting lineup playing offense and defense. Kyle will look to build from his experience last year and Ethan Bailey is going to be in the all-purpose role," said Robinson.
"Matthew Robinson will be joined by fellow juniors Graham Hill, Luke LePage, Logan Cordova, Drew Harmer, Tanor Harvey, Connor Arquiett and Jacob Morgan. Matthew Robinson will be looking to have a breakout year after learning the past two years of being moved up to the varsity ranks. Graham Hill, Luke Lepage, Logan Cordova, and Drew Harmer all got valuable experience by moving up last year as well. Harvey, Arquiett and Morgan enjoyed very successful JV seasons and will be put into starting roles."
Four sophomores in Silas Kent, Joe White, Kaden Kingston, and Matt Reed are excited to take on the challenge of varsity soccer.
"We lost our entire defense and all but two starting offense players from last year. We will be looking to Matthew Robinson and Brody VanBuren who have the most experience to help develop the team and reach our full potential. They both have scored great goals and contributed to our past teams’ successes. They are now in leadership roles that they have learned from past teams’ successes," said Robinson.
"With a solid supporting cast of juniors and sophomores this team has great potential. We are limited only by how much hard work and dedication we put in each day."
The fact Section 10 has been able to have a season with all 24 schools is major victory for everyone involved in athletics according to Coach Robinson.
"It is going to be a truly unique season and we must take advantage of every day that we have. Having the ability to play and compete is a true privilege that other athletes in the state are not allowed to have. This season truly is about the players and the experience they get to have. I feel bad for so many of the departed seniors in our section that did not get a chance to end their athletic careers by playing. We will work, practice, and play for as long as we can and enjoy every game and memory that we make for our current seniors," he said.
"The Madrid-Waddington Yellowjackets are looking forward to playing. Special thank you to all of those that made this season happen."