Boys soccer defeat Plainville 4-2 in season opener


Ricky Podgorski

— Senior Evan Pescosoldio (center) checked the alignment of his teammates seniors Timmy Arnold (right) and Ben Ferreira and Konrad Sroka (left) during their game against Plainville on Thursday, September 12. The boys beat Plainville 4-2.

Frank Fishman, Sports Editor

The boys soccer team kicked off their season with a 4-2 victory over Plainville on Thursday, September 12, at Tunxis Meade.

The team, finishing 2018 with a 15-4-1 record, lost 16 seniors from the year before. Meanwhile, Plainville is fresh off winning a Class M championship trophy.  

“We approached the Plainville game like we approach every other game. We pressed hard, possessed, and played Farmington soccer not worrying about the opponent. Last year a lot of kids graduated, so the style has changed a little. This year we will have to focus on the details a little more and work together as a unit rather than relying on individual talent. My goal is to do anything I can do add another championship to the Farmington soccer dynasty,” senior Grayson Herr said. 

The Indians got off to a quick lead, with junior Andrew Van De Mark scoring within the first 10 minutes of play, propelling Farmington up 2-1 at halftime. Goals by juniors Joe Maye and David Coello and a second from Van De Mark capped off the 4-2 win. 

“I felt great, the guys came out here and did a really great job. We scored four goals, so our attack is pretty nice. We have a lot of stuff to improve on, but I’m really stoked for the season,” Van De Mark said.

After 28 years of Steve Waters, Farmington will be coached by Nicholas Boorman. After 537 victories and nine state championships under Waters, Boorman takes over an Indian squad with veterans and youth.

“We got a team full of really high character gentlemen. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of guys; they work hard every single day. We played against a very good team, a team that won the state championship last year, and my guys played smart, with class and integrity, and left everything on the field. I’m very proud of every member of the team,” Boorman said.

The boys take on Edwin O. (EO) Smith away, today, September 17, at 3:45 p.m.