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Quakers Looking to Improve (Boys Soccer)

The Orchard Park Quakers Varsity boys soccer team is looking to improve in 2017 and then some now that the new season gets underway. The Quakers did fairly well last season with various new and old faces.

OP finished 2016 ranked 1,569 nationally, 120th in the state, 12th in the section, and 4th in the section division. Another notable fact would be that last season, the Quakers had 40 goals for, and only 13 goals against.

This season, like every other, will prove to be different as some players have graduated while others step into the spotlight for the first time. Star player Zach Blodgett graduated and is now playing with the Saint Francis University Red Flash in Loretto, Pennsylvania.

One newcomer, junior Everett Ulsrud, had this to say about the expectations for this season, “We hope to have a winning season that will carry us into the playoffs with a lot of momentum and we have a great group of players to do it”.

The roster includes juniors Michael Mosey William Barsottelli, Mike Walker, Mark Nemec, Chase Eagan, Erik Wojcik, Jaren Hulce, Ulsrud, Evan Grucela, Evan Kasper, Dan Suffoletto, Cole Blodgett and Ben Stuhr. Seniors include Zach Passarelli, Bryce Mateer, Ben Wagner, Jimmy Doran, Max Carbaugh, Jack Valtin, Dominic Abbatessa, Casey Mosher, Adrian Mangino, Hunter Anderson, and Jared Stanton. There is one sophomore as well, Dan Mahany.

Josh Dannecker is still at the helm as head coach, and stresses communication and effort as the keys to a successful season. The Quakers always prove to be a tough matchup, and as always, it will be interesting to see what the 2017 season has in store.

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