Wyoming Area Soccer Captains, from left to right, Nathanael Brague, Christopher Bone, Sean O’Malley, and Michael Kohut.Photo by Tony Callaio
For the Wyoming Area soccer team, success this season will be determined by the chemistry exhibited between the three levels on the field - forwards, midfielders and defenders.
After finishing 8-8 in Wyoming Valley Conference Division III last season, Coach Sam Fuller knows that his team can have a competitive and winning season if his team runs like a well oiled machine.
"Last year we finished 8-8 and we lost a lot of close games. Last year could have easily been a 10-11-12 win season," said Fuller. "I think we should definitely finish over .500. That’s definitely one of our lower goals if not to compete for the tops of the division. I think if we get some chemistry on offense we will do some good things."
Offensive success will be much harder to come by after the graduation of Mark Bulgelholl who scored 26 goals, dished out eight assists and was one of the top players in the league last season.
"It’s going to be really tough (replacing Mark Bulgelholl)," Fuller said. "We have a freshman and a sophomore who are playing center mid and I’m hoping they help the two senior forwards get the ball so we can replace some of that goal production that we are going to lose with Mark graduating."
Two players who seem up to the task of replacing such a threat on offense are senior captains Christopher Bone and Nate Brague. Last season Bone tallied six goals while Brague scored an impressive 29 points on 11 goals and seven assists.
"Nate’s a big kid and he’s got good speed," said Fuller. "So I’m sure he will run onto some balls and clean up some balls in the eighteen."
Anchoring the back line are two more senior captains, Sean O’Malley and Michael Kohut. The two will look to keep the ball away from sophomore goalkeeper Aaron Carter, who is young but has a lot of time spent in the net playing in the lower levels and in goalie camps.
"Our defense has been practicing very well, we have two seniors who are working very well together," said Fuller. "I think that if our defense plays well, which I think they will, and as long as our offense gets some chemistry going and we put some goals in the net, we should have a good team.”