All it takes is a walk out to the Saint Andrew’s practice fields at 3:30 pm on a weekday, to see exactly how important soccer is to the SA Community. Third year coach Lolo Abarca was thrilled to see over 50 Scots trying out for this year’s squad and he was even more impressed with the level of play he saw.
“We have a lot of new freshman and sophomore players that will have a huge impact on our program this season. We also have a new Goalkeeper, and it's always a plus to have two goalies. We’ve added three new field players too, who definitely are going to help us this season.”
The Scots lost some firepower to graduation last year, and the remaining members from last year’s Regional Semi-Finals team will need to pick up the slack. These upperclassmen will be forced not only to step it up on the field but also as team leaders.
“We’re without a few very good players who were with us for the last four years and as the process continues we’re seeing some of the young players stepping up very well this year like Joseph England, Timothy Martin, Bobby Lomax, Bradley Steinfield and Lucas Fernandez. I think this nucleus of players is going to be crucial this season in order to achieve our goals.”
And just what are the Scots goals for this season? Coach Abarca has set the high bar for his team. “Our goal is definitely to be better than last year. Of course we are going to plan game by game and hopefully, if we stay healthy, we will make it out of Regionals and be able to compete for the Florida State Championship!”
A non-profit, independent, co-educational school for grades Pre-K - 12, Saint Andrew's School is a private day and boarding school located in Boca Raton, educating the best students from across Palm Beach County, Florida, the United States, and throughout the world in the Episcopal tradition.