Practice stop: Blind Brook


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Hey folks! Dan DeFrancesco reporting in from Blind Brook soccer camp. I got a chance to check out the reigning Class B sectional champions. Here’s what some of the Trojans had to say:

-The Trojans are in an interesting situation as once again they look to defend a sectional title despite having lost major pieces of what got them so far the previous season. In 2012 no one was sure how the Trojans would advance with the loss of one of the section’s premier scorers Lucas McBride. This year it’s the defense that was hurt by graduation, losing defenders Jake Starr and Zach Streichler along with The Journal News Westchester/Putnam boys soccer player of the year, goalie Ben Seguljic. Going forward Blind Brook coach Josef Pomoryn will look rebuild the defense.
“I’m an old-school guy,” Pomoryn said. “I believe you need to build each team from the back.”

-Pomoryn will have a good base to start with as senior defender Brad DeSanctis returns to the squad. Pomoryn has toyed with the idea of moving the left back to the middle, but wants to see how the other players develop. Regardless of where DeSanctis ends up, he wants the three-year varsity player to be more vocal to help the newer players get comfortable in their positions.

-Senior Scott Wurtzel has been given the task of filling the large shoes left behind by Seguljic in net. Pomoryn said he feels comfortable with Wurtzel in the goal, who performed well last season when called upon.

-It wasn’t all defensive talk at practice today. The midfield will also play a key role in how far the Trojans can make it in 2013. Senior Alex Thonnesen and sophomore Mark Streichler are two returning starters that Pomoryn anticipates big things out of. Junior John Argentino, a player Pomoryn considered pulling up last season but eventually decided not to, is also expected to make an impact in the midfield. As if on cue, while I was talking to Pomoryn, Argentino hit a strike from about 20 yards out that seemed to be heading for the upper 90s before pinging off the post. Needless to say it drew quite a few “ohhhhs” from his teammates.

Joe DiBerardino, who had a breakout junior season in 2012 as he led Blind Brook in scoring, will be the go-to guy up top.
“He’s the kind of player that’s a nuisance to the defense,” Pomoryn said. “He’s going to go at you. He’s going to keep pressure on you. He’s going to go for every ball.”

-Blind Brook will once again play a schedule chock full of large school opponents. This season the Trojans scheduled games against Carmel, New Rochelle and Byram Hills, among others. Pomoryn said the difficult games will test his team early and often.
“I think it will be interesting,” said Pomoryn of the upcoming season. “For us it will definitely be difficult and challenging.”

Below are videos with seniors Joe DiBerardino and Brad DeSanctis on the upcoming season.

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VINCENT Z. MERCOGLIANO has been with The Journal News and 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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