Tonawanda News — Both have great natural skill and a nose for the net that makes them both scoring threats. Sophomores Sean Mcdonough and Corey Sikora will both likely see time in net this season.
Senior Imran Ahmadi shifted from football to soccer and, at least early on, appears to have won a starting job.
Nathan Fisk, Robert Kirsitis, Tom Todaro and Joe Andalora are also part of the opening day starting lineup.
— Dave Ricci
Balance is key.
As the Kenmore East boys soccer team moves into the new season coach Rolfe Friedenberg is optimistic that his team has that blend of skill and toughness that can help rack up wins.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs in 2013 will be tri-captains Jeremy Wood, Jeff White and Richie Brinkman.
All seniors, Brinkman (midfield) made his name as one of the premiere scoring threats in the league last season. Wood and White return to lead the defense.
"I'm relying on Jeremy and Jeff to really anchor our defense," Friedenberg said. "Not only with their presence back there, but also with their mouths. Being able to take control and telling guys what to do."
Going 0-1-1 in the Coaches V. Cancer Tournament at Sweet Home High School on Aug. 30-31, the Bulldogs were trailing 2-0 at the half against Starpoint in the opening game.
Friedenberg loved the way his team fought back to tie it up and said that kind of drive and determination will make the difference between a win and a loss in tight games.
Ken-East fell to Hamburg 2-0 on Day Two of the tournament. But once again, Friedenberg liked the spirit of competing and the effort his squad showed.
Junior Connor Hoar will be a player to watch as he takes over as No.1 goalie, following the graduation of John Becker who one of the best keepers Ken-East has ever had.