It was a long and exhausting preseason for the Hawken Boys Soccer team. A typical day would include one and a half hours of fitness training followed by a training session on the pitch with coaches Dani G. Giulvezan, Marius Giulvezan, and Paul Reed. But this was not all. More often than not, the boys would take a dip in Holtrey Pool where they would tread water, swim laps, and do other water aerobics. Led by captains Aidan Bobrow, Nick Degennaro, Devlin Chambers, Anderson Clyde, and goalie Adam Wisneski, hopes are high going into this coming season.
Even after being moved up to D-II from D-III, the Hawks finished with a strong 7-7-2 record last year making it all the way to the District Final against Lake Catholic, who were undefeated at the time. This year, Coach Dani believes that the team can go even further. He even went as far as calling this year’s team the “best team on paper he has ever coached.” The only major player losses this year were center defenders Tommy Dell and Anton Salem, which initially brought doubt to the stability of the backline for the coming year. However, the new backline put a hush to the rumors as they posted a clean sheet in their 3-0 opener win against Geneva.
Captain midfielder Aidan Bobrow also believes this year’s team has major promise. Although this team is not the most athletic in the CVC, he believes they more than make up for it with their top-notch soccer IQ and ability to execute their technical skills. As a freshman, Bobrow was part of the team that made a serious run at the state title, and he postulates that this year’s team also has a shot to do the same as he says, “Anything can happen in the playoffs. We definitely have the players and the skill.”
Leading the back line, Goalie Adam Wisneski shares the same views as his fellow captain, but thinks it will only be possible if everyone puts their hearts into the season. He says that in order to live up to the potential of their team, “everyone must really buy in.” Once the season is in full effect, everyone must be willing to give it their all and leave everything on the field. Adam is playing his third year as starting varsity goalie, and he is hoping this is the year they go all the way.
Clearly, hopes fly high for the boys as they embark on the beginning of their season. Plus, Lake Catholic has already suffered a loss, so the path to win districts and go to States is open for the taking. It seems the Hawken Boys’ soccer team can control their own destiny. The question becomes: will they have the venom and ambition to take it? #BeLoudBeProud and follow Hawken Boys Soccer on Twitter with live updates of games.