Shoreham-Wading River Wildcats was stopped short in its bid for a second straight New York State Class C title this past spring.
The Wildcats fell to Bronxville 14-13 in overtime in the state semis at Marist College to end the year 18-2. SWR’s only other loss was a 10-9 overtime regular-season setback to Garden City on May 11.
Since the close of the 2013 season, there has been uncertainty regarding the status of coach Tom Rotanz, we have been reporting on.
Though Rotanz’s status for 2014 is still unresolved, SWR is busy preparing for the start of a new season, one in which the Wildcats will be back in Class B. (SWR fell to Garden City 9-4 in the 2011 Long Island Class B title game before moving up to Class C the last two seasons.)
For more, we turn to Ryan Bray.
Bray, a junior, is an aggressive attackman who has committed to Ohio State.
Now, here are Ryan’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
Since last season ended, my team has played in a few tournaments over the summer and fall games at Farmingdale. We will begin to get together and practice soon to get ready for the season.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
Shoreham has always looked forward to playing Comsewogue. It is a good game every year. In the past, we have scrimmaged teams like Smithtown West, Fairfield Prep, Darien and West Islip.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
I think Alex and Zach Makoske, twin midfielders who always play with a lot of energy, will surprise some other teams.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
I think our strength as a team every year is being unselfish and making the extra pass.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
Being in Class B this year every team is going to be closely competing for a playoff spot. Teams like Miller Place, Comsewogue and Huntington are always tough games for any team.
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