Weekly Feature

2014-09-10 / Sports

Core group returning for Blue Devils soccer

by BRANDON KILIJANSKI
Reporter


Kenmore West junior midfielder Nathan Fisk, left, tries to get around a North Tonawanda defender on Saturday. The Blue Devils earned their first victory of the season by winning 3-1. 
Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Kenmore West junior midfielder Nathan Fisk, left, tries to get around a North Tonawanda defender on Saturday. The Blue Devils earned their first victory of the season by winning 3-1. Photo by Jake FrenchPurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com It’s a positive outlook for this year’s Kenmore West boys soccer team because just about the entire starting lineup from last season is returning.

The Blue Devils had eight sophomores on the team last year and all are returning, with just about all of them in the starting lineup.

Head coach Todd Marquardt said there is no need for him to use any team building activities, because the chemistry and camaraderie is already present.

“I’m excited because a lot of the kids played club for me in their youth. I know them and their families,” he said. “They all like each other and get along. They play for each other and understand their roles.”

Almost 70 percent of this year’s roster is made up of juniors. Leading the squad is a trio of captains in juniors Sam Jung and Kole Marquardt and senior Stephen Phillips. Each of the three is entering their second season on the varsity team.

“Generally I don’t pick juniors [as captains] but at the banquet last year I only had one senior trying out, so I had to have juniors,” coach Marquardt said.

Marquardt added that he chose these three players, including his son Kole, because when they talk the rest of the team truly listens.

“I chose them for their leadership and respectability of their teammates,” coach Marquardt said. “Stephen is a bigger kid and has been around, he can lead the team. Sam and Kole are respected by their teammates and are the most vocal of the group.”

The Blue Devils return many skilled players from last season including juniors Nathan Fisk, George Ciancio, Robert Kirisits and goalie Corey Sikora.

This core group gels together nicely because they share the same style of play.

“Nobody stands out, they col- laborate to create a good nucleus,” coach Marquardt said. “Their style is of possession, focusing on crisp passes and moving the ball. We try to possess the ball and play angles rather than kick and run.”

Between the pipes, Sikora has trained with Black Watch Soccer, one of the premier soccer clubs in Western New York.

“He is just athletic and not afraid of anything,” coach Marquardt added.

On Aug. 29-30, Kenmore West competed in the Coaches vs. Cancer ECIC/NFL Challenge at Sweet Home High School. The first day the Blue Devils lost 4-0 to Williamsville East. Then they followed it up with a 4-1 loss to Hamburg.

Kole Marquardt scored the lone Blue Devils goal against Hamburg.

“I was pleased with our effort. They competed until the final whistle despite the final outcomes,” coach Marquardt said.

On Thursday, Kenmore West started its regular season with a 1-0 loss to Lew-Port. The Blue Devils possessed the ball longer and out shot Lew-Port 17-11, but couldn’t cash in on any of their chances.

But on Saturday, Kenmore West got into the win column by defeating North Tonawanda 3-1.

Goal scorers for the Blue Devils included Kole Marquardt, Jakob Walter and Sal Glosek.

“We don’t have superstars, we have to grind it out and stay on the same page,” coach Marquardt said.

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