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Soccer teams begin their quests for Sectional titles

Here is a look at area boys soccer teams as they begin their league seasons this week.

Mohonasen Mighty Warriors

Head coach: Corey Gregg

Key offensive players: Trey Jasenski, Ryan Millie

Key defensive players: A.J. Przekop, Matthew DeBiasi

Goaltender: Justin Brousseau

Outlook: Gregg and assistant coach Mark Woodrow are new to the program, but not to each other or Rotterdam soccer fans. The duo graduated from Schalmont in 1999 after playing for Chris Bailey and played together at The College of Saint Rose until they graduated in 2003.

Gregg said he's looking forward to the challenge of turning Mohonasen around after the Mighty Warriors went through several lean years.

It's a team that was ready for a change to say the least, and they understand what it will take to turn things around here, said Gregg.

Turning things around won't be easy in the Suburban Council, where some of Section II's toughest teams reside. But Gregg said he's hoping for improvement from his young team (five seniors, five juniors and eight sophomores) as the season progresses.

"I know we can be very competitive against any team," he said. "The effort that they bring every day " they're not intimidated, and they're very confident."

Niskayuna Silver Warriors

Head coach: Dave Bundy

Key offensive players: Jake Johnson, Scott Rogers, Tyler Gansfuss, Dan McKinney

Key defensive players: Dave Corderman, Nick Johnas, Matt Levine

Goaltenders: Luke Citriniti, Brian Dudek, Pete Trask

Outlook: The Silver Warriors are still considered by Suburban Council coaches as a challenger, despite graduating several key seniors from last year's team including all-league midfielder Alex Johnson.

"We don't have a player who can do the same things he could do, but we have a bunch of players who can do some of those things," said Bundy.

Bundy is carrying three goaltenders for the first time, and he said he plans to rotate them in for now. "They're all good kids, so maybe some of them will get some field (position) time," he said.

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