While North Rockland is clearly the big dog among Rockland county Class AA teams after last season’s run to the section final, it wouldn’t be wise to sleep on Spring Valley. The Tigers return more starters than any other team in the county, which has them poised to contend for a league title — and perhaps more. Coach Ryan Marcus has a skilled group that showed flashes last year, and he’s hoping that they’ll take a step forward in 2013.
Here are Marcus’ words:
What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? 6-7-3 (second place in league standings). Lost to John Jay-East Fishkill in first round of playoffs.
Who are your key returning players? Karlyl Simon (third year captain, 2012 All-League); Maycoll Marroquin (Captain, 2012 All-League); Guerson Jocelyn (second year captain); Rooben Michel (2012 All League); Kevin Quito; Emmanuel Anyane-Yeboa.
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Anthony Quintana and Jorge Vazquez.
Are you anticipating losing any players to the U.S. Soccer Federation season? No.
What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? Our biggest strength is our chemistry. We are returning eight starters from last year and a total of 10 players from the 2012 roster. We have strong senior leadership, including two members of our last league championship team — captains Karlyl Simon and Maycoll Marroquin. Karlyl and Maycoll have been starters on the varsity since their freshman year. Along with Guerson Jocelyn, the trio of captains set the team’s tone with their work ethic, enthusiasm and passion.
What are some areas of concern? Finding someone to replace Anthony Quintana’s production, last year’s leading goal scorer (2012 All-League, All-Section team selections).
Which formation do you anticipate using? 4-5-1.
What is your goal for your team in 2013? Win our league.
Who is your biggest rival(s)? Ramapo.