THOMASTON - “It seems hard to believe, but here we go again!”
While marveling at the passage at time (and who doesn’t these days?), Thomaston High School boys’ soccer coach Martin Giroux is eager to go for this, his 16th season at the helm of the Golden Bears, who begin the season at The Gilbert School on Friday, September 13 at 3:45 p.m.
Giroux certainly hopes the Bears get off to a faster start than they did last season, when they battled their way through a 2-4 September before putting on one of their patented October pushes which saw them go 6-3-1.
Their overall 8-7-1 record earned the Bears a spot in the CIAC’s Class ‘S’ tournament, where they were eliminated by Cromwell.
Some growing pains may be necessary this season before the locals hit their stride.
“We have a very young team this year,” said Giroux, as we have only four seniors, whom we’ll be leaning on to get the younger players acclimated to the Berkshire League.”
This year’s will be a Berkshire League which will be minus Lewis Mills High School, which handed the Bears two of their losses last season.
“Our seniors this year are all experienced, and I believe they’ll provide solid leadership and be ready to help the younger players,” said Giroux of goalie Shawn Galeski, Ian Bethin, Chet Pierce, and Sal Treglia.
For the team to meet it’s goals (no pun intended), Giroux is hoping a goal-scorer emerges to step up and set up the offense.
“If that happens, I’d like to believe we’ll qualify for the tournament and finish in the top half of the league,” said Giroux, pointing out to Litchfield, Northwestern, Housatonic, and Nonnewaug as the teams who’ll be among the best of the B.L.
Giroux looking to juniors Ryan Bethin, Brendan Fainer, Nathan Scarola, goalie Alex Mentone, David Treglia, and Tyler Miller, as well as sophomores Enio Dauti, Connor Brody, Dylan Walmsley, James Bothroyd, and John Reeser to log major minutes.
“What I believe are major strenghts for us are that we have outstanding goalkeeping and a good number of players who are eager to secure spots in the everyday lineup,” Giroux said.
Here we go again, indeed.