With age comes experience. And for the Wilmington boys soccer team, with experience comes victories.
A young Wildcat team earned a postseason berth last year, and head coach Steve Scanlon said he has high hopes for this year’s team that brings back several key players.
“We’re a more mature team,” said Scanlon. “They’re physically bigger. The first year you adjust to the physical play of the varisty level and it’s a bit of a growing year. They’re past that now. They’re learning to play the game a little quicker, and that comes with experience.”
So far the team’s growth is paying off. Wilmington opened the year with a 2-2 draw against Woburn, surprised Lexington with a 1-0 victory, worked past Reading in a 2-0 tilt and earned a draw against Stoneham to start off the year at 2-0-2.
Colin Doherty, a Middlesex League All-Star last year with eight goals and two assists, is among the returning players leading the charge for this year’s Wildcat squad.
returns as well playing center midfield while junior sweeper Kory McGolvray anchors the backfield and utilizes his strong throw-in skills to transition the Wildcats into attacking position.
Goaltender Luke Foley is the team’s starter, bringing an aggressive style between the pipes. Scanlon has seen that style of play first hand in a different venue, coaching the junior on the .
“He’s a courageous kid and he plays the net like a hockey player,” said Scanlon. “He’s feisty like that and brave, and that’s what you need in net.”
Because his team is still developing, Scanlon said it’s possible the best is yet to come for the Wildcats.
“I think now it’s just a matter of getting everyone up to speed at the same time,” said Scanlon. “By about midseason we could be hitting on all cylinders, which would be good.”