Now, it’s Connecticut’s turn.
After Long Island and CHSAA teams got varsity practices rockin’ and rollin’ back on March 10, the Hudson Valley and New Jersey teams followed the next week.
Connecticut teams traditionally start their practices — and seasons — later, and this year is no exception, with the start date being Monday, March 24.
The Greenwich Cardinals, who will be starting things off tomorrow, hope to be there at the end.
The Cardinals, who won the FCIAC title in coach Scott Bulkley’s first season as head coach in 2010, advanced to the state title game in 2012.
GHS went 15-6 last season, falling to New Canaan in the FCIAC championship game and to rival Staples in the state tournament.
We continue our preseason look at the Cardinals by checking in with one of Connecticut’s top midfielders, Kyle Foote.
The senior committed to Loyola after his sophomore season. The 6-foot-1 Foote is a speedy and athletic dodger who is strong with either hand.
Now, here are Kyle’s perspectives on the upcoming season.
What have you been doing to get ready for the season?
I worked out with the team at Wells Fitness in the fall season, run by trainer and our JV coach Frankie Wells. I played basketball in the winter but the team still works out three days a week.
Along with that, we go to clinics at Chelsea Piers in Stamford and played in a fall box league, then a very competitive full field winter league.
How does your schedule look, what games are you looking forward to most, and who are some of your scrimmages against?
I am looking forward to playing Chaminade at home, along with Bronxvile and New Canaan. We will be scrimmaging teams from upstate like Newtown, Simsbury and Weston.
Our schedule is looking very competitive as usual. Playing Bronxville and Chaminade add competition to our out-of-conference schedule, and both teams have a lot of talent up and down the roster.
What players on your team do you think will surprise some people this season?
Our team returns a ton of offensive and defensive talent. Offensively, Ryan Flippin is going to be a strong two-way midfielder, along with Sam Saleeby. They’re both looking to have breakout senior seasons.
Defensively, we return everyone besides a new face in cage with junior Tommy Rogan.
What do you think the strength of your team will be this year?
Our teams biggest strength this year is our experience on both ends of the field.
Jack Harrington, Jack Nail, Griffin Tiedy, Cole Perry, Nick Schepis and Ed Larkin will be playing in front of Tommy and all return to the defensive side of the ball.
Offensively, James Paradise, Luke Finneran and Decker Curran return to the attack unit, along with myself, Ryan Flippin and Sam Saleeby in the midfield.
How do you view the race in your league and who do you think some of the contending teams will be?
The FCIAC is very competitive every year so its really hard to predict the the final four teams.
I believe it will be something along the lines of us, New Canaan, Darien and Ridgefield.
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