The biggest upset of the 2012 playoffs came from Carmel, which shocked third-seeded White Plains in the first round of the Class AA playoffs. After upsetting the Tigers, Carmel nearly did the same to Mahopac in the quarters, eventually losing in double overtime. The Rams came into the tournament seeded 19th, but they sure didn’t play like an outbracket team. They saved their best soccer for the end of the year, which provided a glimpse of how dangerous this team can be, but the goal for 2013 is to play that way from start to finish. Coach Mike Gizzo has talked a lot about “continuing to improve the reputation of Carmel soccer,” and the way they finished last season was a step in the right direction. Now, we’ll find out if that momentum carries over.
Here are the responses that I received from Gizzo:
Who are your key returning players? Every player is equally important, but it is always fun to watch senior Justin Dorazio (MF), and juniors Ryan Langkafel (DEF) and Sebastian Lopez (FWD) play.
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? I will miss all graduating seniors (eight starters) including: All-Section MF Austin Mayhew and two-time All-League GK Ederson Medina (pictured above).
Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? Possibly.
What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? Too early to say.
What are some areas of concern? All areas are a concern at this time of year.
Which formation do you anticipate using? Not sure at this point, but we like variations of the 4-3-3.
What is your goal for your team in 2013? Two more wins in sectionals.
Who is your biggest rival(s)? To me, next game on the schedule, but things are always a little different for the players when we play Mahopac.
Up next: Yorktown
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