RYE BROOK – He has been Blind Brook’s coach for 19 seasons. But many years he has been more like a magician.
This year, he might need an extra-powerful wand.
Blind Brook coach Jozef Pomoryn, who has led the Trojans to three straight Class B Section 1 titles and before that to two Class C crowns and one in Class D, is saddled with almost an entirely new roster.
Thirteen players graduated from last season’s team, including nine starters.
Blind Brook has had a knack of rebounding from graduation. But couple this year’s inordinate number of graduates with the loss of Matthew Streichler. The junior, whom Pomoryn describes as tremendously skilled and “basically fearless,” has opted to play only for the club team FC Westchester.
Streichler’s absence leaves a huge hole at left outside mid, a position Pomoryn considers crucial.
“That’s my main headache,” he said.
Pomoryn, who’ll rely on a strong senior group that includes middie John Argentino, center back/middie Doug Popper, outside middie Ethan Trokie and defenseman Bo Fishman, said, “It’s really a rebuilding year for me.”
But with strong goalies in senior Daniel Rosenbaum and junior Noah Lubin and a potentially high scorer in sophomore Joao Souza, who got some playing time last year, he’s not writing off the possibility of competing for the section crown again, saying, “There is always the possibility.”
Fishman, for one, is a believer.
Blind Brook coach Jozef Pomoryn talks to his players during a water break at soccer practice, Aug. 21, 2014 in Rye Brook.
“Coach Joe always finds a way to win if there’s all talent or no talent,” he said.