For the past two seasons, John Jay has been on the outside looking in once the round of 16 has begun in Class A. There have been some bumps in the road for the Indians, as they continue to try and establish enough continuity to get back on a winning track. Coach Peter Neidell still classifies 2013 as a “rebuilding” year, which tells you that he feels there is much work to be done, but it’s no secret that John Jay is looking to breakthrough and cement itself as a legitimate playoff team this season.
Here are Neidell’s thoughts on the upcoming season:
What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? 2012 record: 5-9-2; We lost in the outbracket game in overtime, so didn’t qualify for the playoffs.
Who are your key returning players? Brendan Ferrara, David Geddes and Brendon Welsh are senior middies and have all been three-year varsity players. Charlie Doany, a junior, is also a three-year varsity player and a middie. Their experience should help lead the team in a rebuilding year.
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Diogo Antunes is playing at Sacred Heart University. Andre Antunes, Angelo Angelino and Sam Burbank were long-term varsity players who had a strong impact on our program.
Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? We are losing three ninth graders to the federation, which does impact our program.
What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? Our team is energetic, has a strong work ethic and excellent team camaraderie.
What are some areas of concern? We are rebuilding this year, so we have several positions we need to fill based on graduation.
Which formation do you anticipate using? Formations vary once the game starts, but what is important is that the players understand their roles and responsibilities within our system of play.
What is your goal for your team in 2013? To be competitive within the league and qualify for the sectional tournament since we haven’t qualified the last two seasons.
Who is your biggest rival(s)? Somers and North Salem are our biggest rivalries, but we have changed leagues once again and are renewing the rivalry with Lakeland and Yorktown.
Up next: Briarcliff