Hudson Valley Sports Report

FALL PREVIEW: ELLENVILLE BOYS SOCCER

Blue Devils Have Special Talent Back, But Division Still Loaded

By Rich Thomaselli
HVSR Staff

Ellenville High School boys soccer coach Maxwell Mead is in a quandary – of the good kind.

Too many quality players, not enough spots.

“Last year we were trying to fill gaps all over the field, but this year everyone has more skill and experience and it’s going to be a different challenge,” Mead said. “This year I have to figure out where each player can contribute the most for the greater good. It is an awkward spot because we may have some seniors who are sitting the bench as role players behind underclassmen, who could be starters and key players on our team.”

The Blue Devils, 9-8-1 last year with a berth in the Section 9, Class C quarterfinals, graduated only three seniors, two of whom were starters. All-stars Justin Guiliano, a junior center-back, and Kawshar Biswas, a sophomore center midfielder, lead the returning players.

Other key players will be senior Kyle Guiney (midfield), senior goalkeeper Christian Stinehour, and sophomore Brandon Gonzalez and senior Roman Hyrnovets, both of whom can play “anywhere” according to Mead.

“This is a team that can be pretty special this year. Some of the right ingredients seem to be present,” Mead said. “They are a great group of kids, they don’t have any real attitude problems, and they all love to play soccer. We are going to have to explore a few different line-ups to see how everything comes together but I am expecting an improvement on our record from the last couple of years and an improved showing in sectionals.”

Dover, which advanced to the sectional finals last year, has left the division after dropping down into the Mid-Hudson Athletic League’s Division 4. But taking Dover’s place in Division 3 is perennial power Rhinebeck. And we haven’t even talked Spackenkill yet.

“That is going to be a great challenge, but I think it will be real competitive and everyone will have a good chance to possibly win the division,” Mead said. “At the very least, all four teams will be well prepared for sectional play at the end of the season.”

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