The 2013 season will present Clarkstown South with some new challenges, particularly on the offensive end. Last year’s leading scorer, Nick Laurent, is now playing for FC Westchester, which leaves the Vikings with a gaping hole up top. Coach Michael Ludwig is stressing a more team-oriented approach to scoring goals, with a handful of other key player’s from the 2012 having graduated. South will surely have some growing pains with an increasingly young roster, but the Vikings hope to improve as the year moves along and become a more formidable bunch by the time the Class AA playoffs roll around.
Here are the responses that I received from Ludwig:
What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? 7-10. Lost in the first round of sectionals to Scarsdale.
Who are your key returning players? Chris Valente, senior, forward; Sam Studnitzer, junior, midfield; Ian Danahy, senior, goalie (pictured to the right); Adam Gloskin, sophomore, midfield.
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Hunter Quilty, Bradley Studnitzer, John Kukura and Keith Stampfl.
Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? Yes, Nicholas Laurent.
What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? It is still very early on. I foresee us being a tough, gritty team of unselfish players who are going to do whatever it takes to win. The key will be how our solid core of returning players blends with our newcomers to the team.
What are some areas of concern? Putting the ball in the back of the net. Looking to develop multiple weapons instead of relying on just one player to do so.
Which formation do you anticipate using? I will be experimenting with many formations during our three scrimmages.
What is your goal for your team in 2013? Win the league and then make some noise in the sectional playoffs.
Who is your biggest rival(s)? Clarkstown North and North Rockland.
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