Last season was a memorable one for Irvington on a few different levels. As a team, the Bulldogs followed a strong regular season by reaching the Class B semis, proving to the rest of the section that they are one of the best in their class. And individually, striker Ben Ovetsky (pictured above) was named the Section 1 small school player of the year. Ovetsky, who was the face of the program for the last few years, has taken his talents to Binghamton, but Irvington does return a few other key players. Can they maintain such a high level of play without their go-to scorer?
Here’s what coach Patrick DiBenedetto had to say:
What was your final record last season and where did you finish in the playoffs? 13-2-4. Loss in the semifinals to Blind Brook.
Who are your key returning players? Sam Farman (Senior/MF), Matt Friedlander (Senior/MF), Joao Baretto (Senior/MF), David Silvestre (Senior/MF), Joe Ricciardella (Senior/FW), Ibrahim Ahmed (Senior/FW), Lucas Garcia (Junior/MF), Elliot Plaut (Senior/FB), Toby Clarke (Senior/FB), Brendan Molloy (Senior/GK FB), Ryan Havdala (Senior/GK).
Who are the key players that you lost to graduation? Ben Ovetsky (Binghampton), Scott Eisland, Jake Glantz and Toby Schwed.
What do you consider to be your team’s strengths? Chemistry amongst many returning starters.
What are some areas of concern? Consistency.
What is your goal for your team in 2014? To be consistent with our play and to be very competitive in our league.
Who is your biggest rival(s)? We always have a competitive matches with Hastings.
Up next: John Jay
File photo from The Journal News