Here is Mike Zacchio’s report from Spring Valley:
Spring Valley coach Ryan Marcus is well aware of what’s ahead of him this year.
He’s well aware that the majority of his offense — 51 goals from Karlyl Simon, Kevin Quito and Rooben Michel — is gone. He’s well aware that the majority of his current team is comprised of sophomores. He’s also well aware that many area teams won’t see the Tigers as the threat they were last year as a 13-4 squad… and that’s OK.
Marcus, who is entering his sixth season with the Tigers, sounded extremely optimistic about his team, not just for the future, but for this season, as well. He said he expects Spring Valley to be in every game and to compete for the league title.
“I think, as young as we are, this one of the most talented groups that I’ve had in my six seasons here,” he said. “There’s guys that really have the heart and the passion; they work hard every practice, they keep getting better and they love the game just as much as I do.”
• One player who will look to pick up most of the offensive slack is junior striker Lugeuni Desrosiers, who was called up from JV for the section tournament last year and scored the team’s lone goal in a 4-1 loss to Port Chester. Desrosiers said his focus won’t necessarily be scoring goals. “For me, it’s not about scoring goals, it’s about what I can help with for the team to get the win,” he said. “Win or lose, we need to play as a team.”
• Desrosiers: “People might underestimate us because the top scorers and assisters left last year; (opponents) are not expecting people coming from JV to just be as good, but they’ll be surprised.”
• Last year’s back-up goalie Jon Marquez and junior Gilson Aguiar will vie for the team’s starting position this year after four-year starter and three-year captain Maycoll Marroquin graduated. Marcus said that since Marquez didn’t see much playing time in goal last year, he also served as a fullback in the field. Marcus said that if need be, he could put Marquez in the field and Aquiar between the pipes.
• Marcus said that sophomore Jesus Vazquez will step in as the team’s center midfielder. “Really has great field vision,” Marcus said of him. “He’s really going to pick up on some transitioning into our attack.” Alvin Chinchilla will be on the right side of the midfield this year. Both Vazquez and Chinchilla were brought up for the section tournament last year.
• Although just a freshman, Jackson Chinbe will likely start for the Tigers this season after playing with the junior varsity as an eighth-grader last year. “I think he’s going to be one of the top guys on our team, up top,” Marcus said.
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