Peter Hamasian was determined to change the culture of the West Haven boys’ soccer program. The results so far have been better than expected.
Hamasian has won the first four games of his varsity coaching career, the latest a 2-1 win over Fairfield Prep, both the 2012 SCC champion and Class LL state tournament finalist.
“The guys have taken to the underdog role, that no one was expecting anything out of them after losing Pablo (Perez, last year’s Register Area MVP),” Hamasian said. “We knew once we got into the Quinnipiac Division and got some (winning) results that they would be taken more seriously.”
Hamasian, 25, previously was an assistant with the East Haven boys and the Hand girls programs before replacing Liam Leapley in July. He played at Hamden, graduating in 2007, and at Albertus Magnus College.
The Westies also beat Law, Foran and East Haven. All four wins have been at home.
“It’s been a huge help for how hard they have worked and pushed themselves to see it pay off,” Hamasian said. “If we were pushing them this hard and we started out 0-4, we probably wouldn’t be getting the (positive) feedback we are getting now.”
Forward Salah Oumorou leads the team with nine goals and four assists. Hamasian also noted the play of center-midfielders Sebastian Parra and Blaise Haba as integral parts of this early success.
West Haven gets its first road contest tonight at Hamden before hosting Notre Dame-West Haven on Saturday night.
“I wanted to change the outlook of the program, try to change the work ethic, discipline and expectations,” Hamasian said.