By John Torsiello
Boys soccer full of confidence
It could be a momentous season for the Simsbury boys soccer team.
The Trojans will contend for a Central Connecticut Conference title and head coach Ed Lynch (in his 26th season) needs only six wins to reach 300 career victories. Lynch’s teams have compiled a gaudy 294-103-47 over the years. Simsbury finished 12-5-1 last season.
“We’re testing out a new defense but our offense (midfielders and forwards) are strong,” said Lynch. “Our junior class will help solidify what is already a good team and we should contend for the CCC West title. We have two senior goalkeepers, Peter Sconzo and Curt Eustis, and they bring good size to that position.”
Top returning players include Keegan Rice, Jack Sullivan, Sean Gaffney and Mason Burr. All will be captains this season. Other senior standouts include John Flynn and Kyle Robbins. Simsbury did lose All-State and All-CCC player Matt Juliano.
Lynch believes Conard, Hall, Newington and Farmington will also contend in what he calls the toughest division in the CCC.
Girls soccer look to contend
The Simsbury girls soccer team is hoping to contend for a Central Connecticut Conference West title this year and head coach Jim Bayer has some very good returning talent to make a run with.
“We hope to compete for a CCC West championship. We have depth and 14 players returning with prior varsity playing time experience.”
Among those returning to the fold are midfielder and striker Sydney Shugdinis, the team’s high scorer in 2012, and goalkeeper Carly Heintz. Simsbury was 8-8-12 last year, Bayer’s first with the program.
“The CCC West is very balanced this year so it would be wrong to exclude any team,” said Bayer of the projected race for glory. “Northwest Catholic, Hall and Farmington have been the teams to beat for the last several years, with Newington also doing very well last season and returning a talented group.
Field hockey team rebuilding
The Simsbury field hockey team won the Central Connecticut Conference West Division championship last year and lost in the semifinals of the Class L state tournament, posting a sterling 16-3 mark.
But head coach Brooke Bulmer said this may be a bit of a transition year for her club.
“We should be competitive this season but we are rebuilding at the moment. The key to the season will be having a positive outlook the entire year after losing nine of 11 starters from last year.”
Simsbury, which plays a 3-4-2-1-1 style of play, will be led by top defensive players, Alex Clark, a junior, Annabelle Iller, a junior, and Allison Renwich, who was All-NCC in goal last year. Captains will be Allison Woodruff, Austin LaMothe and Renwick. Simsbury will have to find replacements for graduated players Maddi Nicholson, Jamie Matson and Ari Arciero.