By MICHAEL LETENDRE
PLAINVILLE – Both the Plainville boys and girls soccer teams should be competitive seasons this year with one of the squads possibly contending for the CCC South title once again.
The boys team is certainly a Class M contender and there’s some talent there that could lead the Blue Devils to another successful campaign.
Plainville’s win total should be in double figures again and the squad has a boatload of talented seniors and juniors.
This will not be a rebuilding year for the program.
Offensively, the team will turn to senior Shane Pugliese and junior Quentin Lux.
The duo are tough and offensively proficient and both tallied two goals apiece in Plainville’s opening day win against Hall.
Last season, the crafty Pugliese tallied 18 goals while Lux went for 10 and piled up 14 assists to lead the Blue Devils.
Already on the season, Pug has tallied three goals and could be the leading scorer on this talented Plainville club before things are said and done.
Others also know how to put the ball into the net includes junior Nick D’Amico
Expect some excellent play in the net as well thanks to senior keeper Alex Bawol.
Bawol might be the best goalie in conference play and will the Blue Devils every chance to stay even in games this year.
Seniors Andrew Rottier and Nico Christy should also have big final years for the program.
For the girls team, the Blue Devils are coming off a three-win campaign but should be significantly better once things are said and done this year.
Offensively, expect the team of Danielle and Danielle – Angelillo and Dixon that is – to shoulder the scoring load.
Plainville had so many near losses last season that one or two additional goals would have made all the difference.
In fact, four of the Blue Devils first seven games were one goal losses and that’s a trend the squad wants to reverse in 2013.
Junior Sarah Grosse will also man the midfield and will also be a scoring option as well as Lexi Lopez.
Sophomore Stephanie Martino should also be part of the offensive mix.
Defensively, Plainville will have answers in the form of senior speedster Shea Echols, junior Meagan Cameron and senior Shaylas Beausoleil.
Tuesday’s 4-0 loss to Simsbury was a tough setback to open the season but the Trojans are a a very good squad for the Blue Devils to gauge themselves against.
But last Friday, Plainville got by Maloney 7-5 so all the pieces for Plainville are now in play.
This team has some returning talent and expect Plainville to double its win total from 2012.
By MICHAEL LETENDRE