A year ago, the Xaverian soccer team piqued late in the season and lost to eventual CHSAA Class A finalist Fordham Prep, 2-1, in overtime in the intrersectional quarterfinals.
As for his hopes for this season, Clippers coach Carlos Jaguande is simply looking for a repeat from his young squad.
“It’s going to be a tough season, but we’re going to build little by little and hopefully improve and make a run in the playoffs,” the seventh-year coach said. “This is a team that can do something as the underdogs and be a Cinderella.”
Last year, Jaguande had one of the league’s top players in Dominick Parrelli, but the all-city midfielder midfielder is now playing at Division I Adelphi University. Jaguande is hoping Mike Pappalardi, who played as a second forward last year when not sidelined with an ankle injury, can fill that playmaking void in the midfield.
“He has very good ability, very skillful with strong feet and a good work ethic,” Jaguande said. “Starting from the preseason he really wants to prove himself. He’s very talented and smart.”
Two-year starter Steven Boundaris is back in goal and senior Xavier Jimenez will be asked to improve on his goal scoring prowess from last year. Jaguande is also looking for additional leadership from junior Mike Marando, who will play outside wing and forward, as well as senior defender Peter Siuzdak, while Matthew Alessandro, one of the team’s talented sophomores, will be the team’s defensive midfielder.
“We have a very compact team, they’re very united,” Jaguande said. “The seniors have gotten the team together and one of the things over the years is that my teams come to practice and work hard. They keep it together and are working hard. We might not have the talent or the size I had before, but these kids really want to work hard. If they continue to work hard together they can do some damage and so something.”
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