Gladiators finish as winners this fall


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“The success of the 2017 team and the loss of 19 of 22 players from that team made 2018 a challenging season. Our JV program has always been strong, and we feel that there is sufficient reason to feel confident that 2019 will be a strong return for Goshen boys soccer."
Coach Michael Kelly


By Josh Lashley

— In sports, like life itself, confidence can be difficult not only obtain but to maintain.

But it didn’t take all that long this year for the Goshen High School boy’s soccer program to earn the kind of confidence that can sustain a team for an entire season. In fact, an early season victory over a capable foe proved productive and memorable for the Gladiators.

“We had a few big wins this season,” Goshen head coach Michael Kelly said. “We beat Warwick in overtime 2-1 in the beginning of the season. We also had nice wins against Pine Bush and Delaware Valley (Pennsylvania). However, I would say that our 2-1 win over league rival, Minisink Valley was our most impressive win. They were in first place and undefeated late in the season.”

The Gladiators concluded the season with a solid overall record of 8-7-2, and they were 5-3 in the challenging OCIAA Division III. There was strong leadership from beginning to end for Goshen this fall.

“Kyle Kane was our lone returning starter from last year's team and he was our defensive anchor this season as the center defensive back,” Kelly said. “Offensively, Jacob Lingerman and Ethan Rodriguez led us with hard-nosed play. Off of the field, two of our four senior players, both goalies, Ryan Atkins and Brendan Ingber were strong emotional leaders who were tireless in their efforts to get the team playing better and harder.”

A number of student-athletes on the Gladiators’ roster demonstrated steady improvement throughout the course of the season.

“Some of our surprise players this year were role players who slowly became stronger and more reliable players thus earning more playing time,” Kelly said. “Ethan Zirilli, Aaron Shapiro and Joe Schatz were three young men who progressed through the season and were significant contributors at the end.”

Goshen had an outstanding year in 2017 and proved to be very resilient and tenacious this year. Next season brings with it a new set of challenges and opportunities.

“The success of the 2017 team and the loss of 19 of 22 players from that team made 2018 a challenging season,” said Kelly. “Our JV program has always been strong, and we feel that there is sufficient reason to feel confident that 2019 will be a strong return for Goshen boys soccer.

“We return 20 out of 24 players, 15 juniors and five sophomores, from this year's team. We return eight starters.”





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