By Mikey Brady '20
Preseason started for the 2019 St. Albans soccer team with a grueling three-day tryout and the annual trip to St. Timothy’s School the following week. With eleven returning seniors and fourteen total returning players, the team came into the season with high hopes and expectations. The addition of eight strong new players boosted this confidence even more. In addition, Coach Velli, who was previously a part of the soccer program for nine years, has returned and joined as an assistant coach to coach his son Zach Velli (’20) through his final year of high school soccer.
After three tough, but rewarding, preseason scrimmages, the team is primed for another successful run at the IAC and DCSAA championships. The regular season kicked off this Tuesday with an emphatic 4-0 away win against GDS.
It is common knowledge that hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard, but the grit that this team has shown throughout up until now destroys any questions of complacency.
Mark my words, the 2019 St. Albans Soccer team will be a force to be reckoned with this Fall.