Team preview: Peekskill

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Much like beauty, progress is often in the eye of the beholder. That is certainly the case for Peekskill, which won its first playoff game in over 20 years last season. Many would point out that the Red Devils’ win came in an outbracket game and that they were ousted the next day in the first round, but that win is something that they’ll look to build on. Coach Anthony DiCuio is committed to keeping Peekskill moving in the right direction, and his hope is that we’ll see even more signs of progress in 2013.

Here are the responses that I received from DiCuio:

What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? Final record: 4-10-2. Won the outbracket game vs. Panas (1-0) and lost in opening round to Yonkers HS.

Who are your key returning players? Mateo Piragua, Junior, Midfield; Cristian Lazaro, Junior, Midfield/Striker; Axel Castillo, Junior, Goalkeeper; Eric Rodriguez, Senior, Sweeper.

Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Carlos Lopez, Diego Vivar and George Hidalgo.

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

What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? I think we will be strong up the middle this year, starting in the back with our goalkeeper and central defenders, while progressing with our center midfielders and forwards.

What are some areas of concern? I think we will have some adjustments to make on the outside after losing two of our starting outside defenders to graduation.

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

What is your goal for your team in 2013? Last year, we won our first postseason game in over 20 years. Our goal is to advance as far as we can in the sectionals.

Who is your biggest rival(s)? Putnam Valley and Panas.

Up next: North Rockland

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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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