With a roster full of experience and perhaps the most dynamic attacking player in the Foothills Council, the Scotia-Glenville boys’ soccer team is aiming high this fall.
“We’re excited about the season,” said Scotia coach Chris Bailey, entering his seventh year with the Tartans after 13 seasons as the head coach at Schalmont. “We have 14 seniors back, nine of them seniors. We’re very strong down the middle of the field.”
“We’re hoping for some good things,” said midfielder Kettrick Bailey, whose flip throw-ins often result in scoring opportunities. “We’ve got a lot of experience. That definitely helps. We’ve played together all our lives.”
The Tartans have gotten into something of a pattern in recent years, alternating strong years with off years.
“We’re all veteran players. We just need to step up,” said senior defender Sam Carmola, recalling last year’s 9-4-1 league record that came via a 3-0-1 finish before a loss to league rival South Glens Falls in the Class A quarterfinals ended the Tartans’ season.
Fingar will be counted on to take on defenders, score goals and get his teammates involved in the offense.
“Owen’s the center piece,” said coach Bailey of the junior.
“We’ve all played together so long, we know each other’s styles,” said Fingar, a first-team league all-star last fall as a 10th-grader. “We read each other well.”
“That should be a big positive for us, because we’ve all played together for so long,” agreed senior Zach Musto, another defender who will play in front of a new goalkeeper after the graduation of Adam Ashcroft.
“We’ve got enough experience back there that it should help make it easier on the goalkeeper,” Musto said.
Senior Billy Bean could be an X factor. Bailey is likely to give the former defender more of an attacking role.
“He can run all day, so he could really help up top,” Bailey said.
Mike Fraoli missed time last year with an injury. He’s anticipating good things in his senior year.
“We have a very athletic team,” he said. “Our offense is strong. We’ve got a lot of experience.”
The Tartans will play in the South Division of the new look Foothills Council, getting home-and-home matches with league newcomer Amsterdam, Broadalbin-Perth, Gloversville and Johnstown. The new alignment means Scotia will lose games against South Glens Falls and Queensbury, two of the other FC teams that have had strong teams of late.
“I like it a lot, because we play that championship game at the end of the year,” said Carmola. “That’s something we’re shooting for, and it would get us ready for sectionals.”
“I don’t think it’s going to make a difference, because we’re expecting to see one of them in the championship game,” said Bean. “When it comes down to it, that one game means even more now, so we’re going to go even harder.”
“Our goal is always the same,” said Fingar, “to try to win the league and take it as far as we can in sectionals.”