The Fitch boys soccer team is pumped up for a great season as they prepare to take on Niles McKinley Aug. 19. The team is coming off a tough year, often coming up short.
“Last season we were pretty good, but we just couldn’t close out the games,” said head coach Tim Walsh.
In 2009, the guys finished seventh out of eight Federal League teams. The season record was 3-13-3. The team lost five seniors from that season, but has a lot of talented younger players filling the roster this year.
“We are looking great,” Walsh said. “We’re returning more than 10 letter winners and five starters.”
On July 27, the team tested their skills against Cardinal Mooney for a scrimmage that ended in a 2-0 Falcon victory.
“It was the first time in six years that we beat them,” Walsh said. “It was the first time in five years that we were able to score on them.”
Another good indicator of how the 2010 season will go was the annual alumni game when past soccer players took on this year’s team. Forty-two past players came out for the game and were divided into two teams. The 2010 Falcon guys lost one and won one, which Walsh said was a lot better than in past years.
Walsh, who is in his fourth year as head coach, said things look good for a great season and a winning season.
Photo by J.T. Whitehouse, Town Crier
Fitch senior soccer players Brandon Jankowski, Adam Justice and Joe Soriano are gearing up for a season that they hope to be one of the Falcons' best in several years as a lot of experienced players will take the field this month.