Team bond makes decision easy for Holmdel pair

Team bond makes decision easy for Holmdel pair

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Team bond makes decision easy for Holmdel pair

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For some, the notion of being a team player can get lost in the many years that go into playing a sport.

It’s been argued that the purest form of a sport can be found at the high school level, with only the opportunity to win for your school and team, and possibly a scholarship for a better education.

Holmdel seniors Zach Bond and Mitch Walier showed how much being a part of their team means to them this 2012 season.

Both Bond and Walier were given an ultimatum by their respected Academy team. They would have to give up playing for their high school this year if they wanted to continue to play for Academy.

It was an easy decision for both seniors.

“Zach and I have been here from the beginning,” Walier said.

“With the Academy, you don’t really have that tight knit group of friends on the team like you used to.”

For Walier, it would have been hard to walk away from his teammates this season.

“This sport is at its best when you come out and work hard everyday with your friends,” Walier said.

“When they want it just as much as you do, there is nothing better then that.”

It was the same for Holmdel striker Bond who was an All-Shore first team selection last year. Bond and Walier were both practicing together during the summer, when they first discussed their decision.

“For me it was a no brainier, I’m close with every single guy on this team,” Bond said.

“I played with all these guys last year and it was great, we have that feeling this year that everything is going to come together for us.”

Although there is confidence heading into the season for the Hornets, as a team, they still acknowledge that they have to go out and prove that they are a top team in the Shore.

“In the game of soccer, any team can go out and beat anyone,” Walier added.

“We are going to push every practice and every game, and go out and give it our all.”

Holmdel fell last year in the NJSIAA Group II finals to Barnards 1-0, and its clear the players are using that as motivation for this season.

“That is any person’s dream, to get to that group final and win it for your school,” Bond said.

“It’s going to be a hard task, but I think we can do it.”

Holmdel head coach John Nacarlo has liked what he has seen so far from his Hornets early in this season.

“The one thing that hit me right away was how hard they worked, and the leadership they have had so far,” Nacarlo said.

“Zach and Mitch deciding to play this year for us was definitely a big boost.”

According to Nacarlo, his seniors have really stepped up this year, as they look to possibly end things with a state title. Senior Eric Bulvid also returns for the Holmdel this season after suffering a leg injury last year.

“They are a confident group heading into this season,” Nacarlo said.

“They know they have to earn that respect, and I’m sure they will go into each game and give it their all.”

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