Team preview: Yorktown

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One year after earning the top seed in Class AA, Yorktown took a step back in 2012. The Huskers failed to make it out of the outbracket round, losing to a Carmel team that turned out to be the Cinderella story of the tournament. That ending has fueled a new hunger for the 2013 season, but there is much work to be done. Seven starters were lost to graduation, so Yorktown has some holes to fill. We’ve seen this program have success in the recent past, and this year will be all about reclaiming their status as a force to be reckoned with.

Here are the words of coach Ed Polchinski:

rocheWhat was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? 9-7; lost to Carmel in the Class AA outbracket round.

Who are your key returning players? All of my players that make varsity will be key to our success. No outstanding players. I want them to buy into teamwork, and everybody is important to our success. I’d rather not mention individuals.

Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Lost 10 players to graduation; seven of them starters and four of them college-bound (or hope to play for college): Luke Saljanin, Ryan Roche (pictured above), Michael Orodonez and Henry Mora.

Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? No.

What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? Defense.

What are some areas of concern? Scoring.

Which formation do you anticipate using? 4-4-2 or 3-2-3-2.

What is your goal for your team in 2013? Win our league and go to the section finals, which is a little bit of a stretch, but it’s a goal everybody dreams of. Why not shoot high and hope for the best?

Who is your biggest rival(s)? All of our opponents are rivals, but if you had to pick one, I would have to say our neighbor and good friend Lakeland.

Up next: Section 1 practices open up on Monday (coverage plans to come).

Photo by Nancy Haggerty/The Journal News

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VINCENT Z. MERCOGLIANO has been with The Journal News and LoHud.com since March 2010. He graduated from New Rochelle High School in 2005 and from Hofstra University in 2009 with a degree in broadcast journalism. He currently covers boys soccer, wrestling and baseball, while assisting with LoHud's Yankees coverage.

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