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The Sports Journal

NBHS Boys Soccer Lose in Playoffs

The New Britain High School Boys’ Soccer team had a rollercoaster season, which culminated with a loss in the first round of the playoffs against Newtown High School on Tuesday, Nov. 5. Despite the quick exit from the playoffs, head coach Matthew Denecour is proud of his team. He sees many more positives than negatives.

Coming into the season, Denecour said that their primary goal was to make the post-season and compile a.500 record. This goal was a realistic one and wasn’t set too high due to the fact that quite a few players had graduated and younger players were going to be called upon to fill the voids. They finished the season with a 7 – 8 – 1 record. With the team making the playoffs and only one win away from a.500 record, it’s hard to argue that the season went exactly the way Denecour had projected it would.

The team started off the season 2 – 2, which included a big win over Simsbury. After then losing to Newington, the highlight of the season came when they defeated Farmington in an overtime thriller, 1-0. Farmington was undefeated at the time and would eventually go on to win the Class L Championship last weekend.

After the Farmington game, they would win three consecutive games, knocking off Northwest Catholic, Southington, and East Hartford. After the game against East Hartford, the team went into a slide, losing five of the next six games. They finished the season with a tie against Southington.

When asked what one of the biggest challenges was throughout the season, Denecour didn’t hesitate to answer. “Keeping teenagers focused after a big win is the toughest to do,” he said. “We had a big letdown after the Simsbury win and lost the next game to Newington by multiple goals. After our win against Farmington, we had confidence but still managed to lose several games we should not have.”

Dencour singled out several players who contributed to the team’s success this season and who will be missed next year. They are: Sebastian Swol, Krystian Koszykowsi, Michal Dyrda and Stephon Henry. However, there will be several players who are returning who made an impact this year and hope to make an even bigger one next season. They are: Kuba Kascmeirzak, Josh Mendiettta, Danny Manuele, Dwayne Marshall, and Marcris Webb.

With those players returning and a few moving up from the Freshman and Junior Varsity teams, Denecour knows that he has a lot to be excited about for next season. He said, “Making the tournament this season was great for the program and will help us build on for next year. We are hoping to make the postseason again.”