The Niskayuna boys soccer team got hot at the right time last season. As a result, the Silver Warriors won the Section II, Class AA title.
In order for them to do that again this year, the Silver Warriors will have to rely on a new crop of players following the graduation of several key seniors including Jake Johnson, Tyler Gansfuss and goaltender Luke Citrinitti.
There's an expectation when you're a champion, and the younger guys want to keep it going, said second-year head coach Jeffrey Ormsbee.
Ormsbee got his first official look at his team Monday when the Silver Warriors held their first practice behind Niskayuna High School.
"The first three days, we've got to sort out where our varsity players are from our JV players," said Ormsbee.
The coaching staff also has to get the players back in soccer shape after they spent much of the summer dodging raindrops from a series of storms that drenched the region.
"A lot of guys, their touch (on the ball) is a little bit off, a little bit heavy," said Ormsbee. "So, we have to go over a lot of technical stuff before we start getting into strategy.""