Mashpee JV Soccer Players Aim To Fill Varsity Shoes Next Season
By: Rich Maclone
Soccer in Mashpee was a big deal this year. The Mashpee High School varsity squad had one of its best seasons ever, winning the South Shore League championship, and went into the state tournament as one of the top teams in the Division III south brackets.
While the varsity was rolling teams all season, the junior varsity showed that it could be sending up some successful players to try to fill the departing seniors’ shoes. The Falcons posted a record of just 5-8-2, but head coach Peter Langler’s team held its own against every team that it went up against. Only one of the eight losses would fall into the lopsided category. Langler said with more development on the offensive side of things, the Falcons will be just fine going forward.
“We just didn’t have anyone that put the ball in the net very much, but defensively, we were outstanding. Most of our games were 2-1, 3-2, types of games. If we get better on the scoring side, we’re going to be pretty good,” Langler said.
Langler said that he was not only pleased with the team’s progress as players, but as people. “We’ve got a bunch of really nice kids. They worked well together, and they were fun to be around,” he said.
The coach said he’s very excited about the future of his team’s goalkeeper, an 8th grader that played on the JV team, Jordan Pinhack. The athletic goalie played fearlessly and is on his way to being a regular at the next level. “He is going to be an outstanding goaltender,” the coach said. “I think that he’ll eventually make a huge impact at the varsity level.”
Stephen Ross, a sophomore, was one of the team’s energy players. The defender improved over the course of the season and was reliable. He teamed with freshman Ryan Sander, who also rarely left the field, to make up a big part of the team’s defense. “They were a nice combination, and they both have boundless energy,” the coach said.
Sophomore Justin Lorig was another defender that rarely saw the pine. “He’s steady, he has a nice shot and it’s accurate.”
Mack Burton, a sophomore, played in the midfield and also served as one of the JV team’s captains. “He’s a really, really good player. He’s great with both feet and has solid field vision.”
The other captain for the JV Falcons was sophomore midfielder Tommy LeFavor, who favored the left side of the field. “He’s a lefty and he just goes 110 miles-per-hour. He’s a natural leader, and a great kid,” said Langler.
Eighth grader Chris Perrone played both forward and midfield for the Falcons. “He’d come off the bench for us and just go all-out. He’s a strong player and he moved the ball well.”
Another 8th grader that saw a lot of playing time was Felipe Batista. “He was a little workhorse out there, he’s got a big heart and he’s a great ball-handler.”
Gunner Ahearn saw time on the right side of the defense for Langler’s team. Ahearn proved to be tough for his age, and the coach feels he will continue to be an important player in the years to come. “He’s just not afraid to mix it up,” Langler said.
Sophomore Brendow DeSouza missed half of the season with a leg injury. When he was able to be on the field for the Falcons, he helped them a bunch. He scored a game-winning goal early in the season and plays with strength. Another sophomore, Cameron Ferola, is an unselfish ball distributor that can get to the net with “blinding speed.”
Liam Brosnahan, a sophomore, played in the midfield and came off the bench to support the squad. Alex Storey, an 8th grader, showed good ball skills throughout the year. Ryan Boyd, an 8th grader, did well in the midfield and at forward. Eighth grader Austin Grey works the ball well and classmate Kyle Wunder also showed promise.
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