Tonawanda News — Helping protect the goal line are defenders Shaun Laper and Nick Clay, and Stefanucci sees three players as key to his offense: Grayson Dolota, Trevor McCabe and Peter Wilson.
"(Peter's) pretty crafty with the ball," said the North Tonawanda coach. "He has good feet. The last couple years he was tentative but he's really come around. He sees the field really well."
Last season saw the team lose in the first round of sectionals to Starpoint. Stefanucci saw a lot of good faces graduate, but the team he found waiting for him at the first practice of 2013 was deeper than he thought.
"I thought we lost a lot more players than we did and we showed up the first day and I thought, 'Oh, I forgot about him. I forgot about him,'" Stefanucci joked.
Judging by the first few matches, opposing teams cannot afford to forget about NT.
— Nick Mendola
With numbers there comes depth.
As the Kenmore West boys soccer team marches into the new season coach Todd Marquardt feels his roster will have not only skill, but that all-important ingredient of depth.
Leading the way for Ken-West will be tri-captains Brian Cotroneo, Casey Morgan and Chuck Pfohl.
Reliable, consistent players, Marquardt feels that all three of his captains have an approachable style in their leadership that puts teammates at ease. Which is very important when you consider the Blue Devils open the year with eight sophomores on the roster.
"They're respected because they're good kids," said Marquardt. "And kids that are young always look up to leaders. The respect is there because my captains are (approachable). They're just nice kids and good role models for the younger kids."
Also back this season for the Blue Devils are seniors Nick Daigler and Moustapha Diaoune.