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September 11, 2013

Area 2013 soccer preview

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Tonawanda News — Gabor will rely on seniors Bobby Liebel and first-year player Ben Stich to score goals. So far Gabor said he's been impressed with both players' leadership and ability to create chances.

On defense, Chuckie Richards is back and will shift to sweeper, and Jared Simmons is also expected to play a large role on the back end for the Warriors.

The Warriors are off to a tough 0-5 start but hope to turn things around when they host Alden on Sept. 17.

— Matt Parrino

NORTH TONAWANDA

The Lumberjacks have some learning to do, but it's going to be a fun road to success. That's the message from NT boys varsity head coach Thomas Stefanucci, whose charges already have a pair of impressive results on their early season slate.

"I talked to the team the other day about just being confident," Stefanucci said. "They need to learn how to win. We talked about having some passion when they play."

When the passion meets the talent, the Jacks could be chopping through the Niagara Frontier League. They opened the season with an impressive draw at Williamsville South and then upset a strong team in their first NFL contest.

"We beat Grand Island our first league game and everybody said they were going to be at the top of our group," Stefanucci said. "When we can put it all together, we're a pretty good team."

There's still work to do despite the results, as a strong Frontier team beat the Jacks soundly and Kenmore East used home field for a 1-0 win Saturday.

Stefanucci says the team is aiming for the top half of the NFL and will be paced by a number of players including goalkeeper Ryan Holovocs.

"He's just unbelievable," Stefanucci said. "He's real unorthodox but he's just a shot blocker. The saves he was making against Grand Island were nuts."

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