July 19, 2019

Boys Soccer Kicks Off Another Season

Boys Soccer Kicks Off Another Season DATE: 10-19-2015

October 18, 2015- The team, despite a dramatic 4-0 start, has suffered injuries this year and has dealt with inconsistency in a fight to a 5-9 record, ending the year on a three game losing streak. Senior Captain Mitchell Kelly says, “We’re very close to being able to play to our full potential and start winning a lot of games.” The Division 2 squad has played almost a full Division 1 schedule, coming away with some remarkable victories. “We still have a really young team and we have managed to play with some Division 1 teams...Going into the Division 2 playoff bracket, I’d say that despite our record, our experience should show.”

Two years ago, the Hartford High School boys soccer team was in the state semifinals. A hard fought game resulted in a 2-1 loss to eventual champion Colchester. Back in Division 1, the program seemed to be on the rise. However, that 2013 team was led by 14 seniors, and also happened to be the last team led by longtime Hartford soccer coach, Steve Sass.

Last year the overhauled team, led by first year varsity coach Kevin Guilbault, rode a solid, unspectacular season to a first round playoff upset over Burr & Burton and a state quarterfinal appearance.

The team, starting five freshmen at times, started hot but couldn’t stay that way, finishing below .500. The team only graduated five seniors, but was filled with players getting their first touches on the varsity level. The program ultimately ended up stepping back down to Division 2.

Fast forward to this year. Coach Guilbault, in his second season as a varsity coach after multiple seasons as an assistant, was back. Under his tutelage were many of the same players as last year, who, despite being fairly young, had already been exposed to this level of play and were ready to make another splash.

-Carter Farnsworth, ‘18