The Shepaug boys’ soccer team is in a rebuilding year. Most of the players knew that going into the season. However, no one could anticipate what this year would bring. Everyone knows about the team’s recent struggles, but do they know what is happening behind the scenes? The year was off to a fast start as the Spartans built a respectable 2-0 record defeating Litchfield 1-0 and then having a come-from-behind win against rival Thomaston 3-2. The Spartans were riding high and performing better than expectations. This changed when the Spartans dropped 8 of their last 10 games.
Frustrations have mounted, and the offense and defense struggle to mesh. Bottom line is the team needs to work together to solve the problem.
“Communication is our weakest link,” states senior captain Nick Fleming.
Some suggest better spacing and having the defense move up on the field, supporting the offense. Other suggest having the offense hustle more and moving around starters. Change is needed to pull the team together, and Shepaug looks to their veteran coach James Stinson and volunteer Mike Gorra for inspiration.
“Mr. Gorra comes down twice to three times a week and really works with us on spacing and other things we need to work on” says Senior Captain Nick Fleming.
Mr. Gorra has been a constant bright spot in the team’s season, pushing the team to the edge and working them hard.
The soccer team has potential to win games and be competitive, but are looking for a much needed spark. The question is who will provide it? A young team passionate about the game is something special. Players are excited for what the rest of the season could bring. Shepaug is currently 3-8-1 with 4 games to go, and they hope to gain a spot in the 2017 CIAC State Tournament. All eyes are on the Shepaug soccer team, and we are optimistic about their odds.