Hudson Valley Sports Report


Stockade FC Is An Opportunity For Red Foxes To Grow

By Philip Sanzo
Special to HVSR

POUGHKEEPSIE – Despite a heartbreaking 1-0 loss to the Brooklyn Italians SC on Saturday night, the Kingston Stockade FC is off to a terrific 5-2-1 start in its second year in the Hudson Valley.

And playing a role in this season’s success is its ‘Marist Connection.’

With school out and the collegiate soccer season still a few months away, five members of the Marist men’s soccer team have decided to take their talents across the river to Kingston for the summer months.

Kevin Kappock, David Nkansah-Siriboe, Ernest Mitchell, Brandon Curtis and Bruce Jeter all primarily heard about the Kingston Stockade FC from their coach at Marist, Matt Viggiano.

Being a semi-pro league, the Marist players agree that the National Premier Soccer League is more physical than what they face at school.

For Mitchell, 2017 will be his sophomore season for the Red Foxes and having the opportunity to play with the Stockade over the summer is helping prepare him for that. While there are specific things that he is looking to improve such as his physicality and footwork, the biggest benefit is being surrounded by veteran soccer players.

“I think that might be the biggest impact that I’ve taken so far,” Mitchell said. “A lot of guys who play my position, I see how they move off the ball and with the ball and look to bring that into my game because it just looks like a better way to play.”

While Mitchell and Siriboe entered this season for Stockade with only one year of Division I soccer under their belt, Kappock and Curtis will be seniors and have been playing together since they were freshmen.

Already having that chemistry has proved to be beneficial with the Stockade.

“One hundred percent it brings a lot of chemistry,” Curtis said. “I play on the outside left and Kappock plays on the outside right so we kind of know how we play because you usually have three guys back. So he’s staying back most of the time and we were both on the same page with that. So it’s not like one person is going up and I’m not sure if he is going to come back, I know he’s always going to be back there which is nice.”

For Stockade coach David Lindholm, having that chemistry already built amongst the Marist players has made his job much easier.

“I think more than just having five Marist guys, it’s these five specific guys from Marist because they are good players,” Lindholm said. “The worry with five guys from one team is that they might stick to themselves and be their own unit inside the group. But these guys have really made a good effort at getting to know everyone else on the field and being a part of this team.”

While many members of the Stockade are currently in college and are using Kingston as an opportunity to get work during the summer, there are some whose college days are behind them. Lindholm agrees that having the opportunity to play with older and stronger players is beneficial for those in college.

“There is always a difference playing with men,” Lindholm said. “College is a really high level but the game can get a little frenetic because you’re allowed to sub pretty much constantly. So here you’re playing with guys that are a little savvier sometimes, they are a little more experience. You look at a guy like Michael Creswick, who is our center-forward, who has played the game all over the world at a really high level. And so when they see a guy like that, how he plays and the runs that he makes, the movement he makes on the field they can pick up on that. Bruce Jeter, David Siriboe can look at that say that’s how you play that position and pick things up from that guy.”

The Stockade is right in the thick of things in the Atlantic White Conference in the NPSL, and drew nearly 1,000 fans at its last home game at Kingston’s Dietz Stadium. The practices twice a week at Our Lady of Lourdes High School in Poughkeepsie.

“There is a reason why these five great players from Marist have decided to join the program,” Lindholm said. “It’s local to them but also it’s fun, it’s fun to play in front of a crowd like that and they see that and can get up for it.”


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