Weekly Feature

2014-09-10 / Sports

Expectations are high for Marauders soccer


Eleven players return to the St. Joe’s roster that won the Monsignor Martin Association last season and advanced into the state semifinals.

Of those 11 players, eight will be written into the regular starting lineup.

With that much experience on the field, the Marauders have high expectations for this season to be one of the best teams in Western New York.

“I expect us to be pretty strong this year,” said head coach Mike Thoin. “We seem to be all on the same wavelength. They all want to play in college, so they have the drive to do better and take the next step. It’s always competitive in our league with good teams, so it’ll come down to who stays healthy.”

This year’s group has 25 players who made the roster, and it has a mix of experienced talent with some youth coming up through the ranks. St. Joe’s has four sophomores and one freshman on the team.

Leading the squad are four senior captains, who include goalie Will Boerema, defender Henry Frome, and midfielders Hunter Walsh and Marcus D’Aguiar.

All four were selected as First Team All-Catholic players last season. Frome was also an All-Western New York selection.

“They all lead by example. Even in practice they push everyone to the max,” Thoin said. “And that helps us all around.”

Boerema has been an All-Catholic selection at goalie since his freshman year. According to Thoin, he is one of the best keepers in the area.

“He’s rock solid and doesn’t make any mental errors,” he said. “He’s becoming more of a vocal leader each year. He plays a high level of soccer all year round with Empire United, so he’s got the good club experience as well.”

Offensively, the attack will consistently work through Walsh. It’s a lot of responsibility, but as a senior captain, Thoin said he has a lot of confidence in him.

“I put a lot of trust in him,” Thoin said. “He knows what to do with the ball and runs our combinations effectively.”

On Aug. 30, St. Joe’s walked away with the Clarence Tournament championship after defeating the host school in penalty kicks.

The scored ended in a 0-0 tie after regulation, but the Marauders won 4-2 in penalty kicks. Evan Scales, Walsh, D’Aguiar and Donald Minderler each tallied a goal in the shootout.

“It was key for the kids. They want to have the kind of year they are expecting,” Thoin said. “They got a taste of success last year and want to take another step forward.”

The day prior, St. Joe’s defeated Baldwinsville, a respectable program from the Syracuse area, 3-0.

Scales scored twice in the game while Walsh added the other tally. Walsh also recorded the assist on each of Scales’ goals.

“We play as a unit, possess the ball really well and defend really well also,” Thoin said. “We haven’t given up a goal yet. It’s nice to see when we go to the bench, the kids come on and don’t lose a beat, they just play.”

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