Practice stop: Nyack Indians


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Hey boys soccer fans: It’s Debbie Schechter here and I stepped in for Vince and paid a visit to the Nyack Indians morning session

Coach Hal Stone and the rest of the Indinas realize they have a task ahead of them. After finishing the 2012 season with  a record of 11-6-1, the Indians hope to take the next step and contend for the Section 1 title.

But in order to get there, they need to figure out how to fill in the hole left by Anders Fleming, who was the league player of the year last year.

“It’s a huge hole to fill,” Stone said about losing Fleming. “Anders was a four year starter and the heart and soul of the team. The thing is not one person can fill those shoes. We have a couple of kids Kayode (Taylor), Gabe Rivera and Mike Sullivan. All three of them I think will make good leaders for us.”

-Taylor believes that the large group of seniors will be the driving force of this team going forward, having had the experience of success last year. “That’s going to be the core of the team,” Taylor said. “We need to build off of last year. Other teams lost a lot more than we lost. We can put it together.”

-While Taylor maybe looked at as the top scorer on the team, Rivera maybe considered the team’s best defender. Here’s what he thinks the team needs to do to get to where they want to go: “Me and the other captains need to set an example for the others,” Rivera said. “We have a relatively young team this year. I think taking the leadership to the next step is what’s going to get us to the next level.”

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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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