by Ken Brown
PLAINFIELD – After back-to-back winning seasons and their first playoff victory in eleven years last fall, the Twinfield-Cabot boys’ soccer team looks even deeper and just as talented heading into the 2021 season.
Head coach Peter Stratman enters his third season at the helm of the Trojan program and the proof is in the pudding. He took over a boys’ soccer program three years ago that was on life support, struggling with participation numbers and results. Two seasons and 17 wins later, the Trojans enter the 2021 season and their challenging new Mountain League schedule with nothing but confidence.
“We lost four really good seniors to graduation in Gavin Fowler, Aiden Morse, Blue Christensen, and Henry LoRe from last year’s team. That is usually a huge setback for small school programs, but we had the fortune of having such a deep and talented freshman and sophomore class last season and they all played well and have playoff experience under their belt. We have a collective group of highly skilled soccer players from Twinfield and Cabot that have bought into each other and the program. In a time where small school athletic programs are falling by the wayside, this collective between the two schools has resurrected this soccer program and formed relationships between two communities,” said Stratman.
Stratman will have speed, skill, and leadership all over the field this fall with seniors Alec Moran, Lucas Roberts, and Brody Moran leading the way. Junior Rowan Cleary will also be a handful for opponents in what Stratman calls one of his deepest and most collectively talented squads he’s ever coached.
“I love soccer and the connections that are created through teaching it. I’ve always been a teacher first and I’ve had the privilege of watching these guys develop from freshman to where they are now. They helped build this program from where it was and they believe in the philosophy and the formula. “Foundationally skill-wise, this is one of the most broadly talented groups across the field I’ve ever coached and it is a lot of fun to be a part of. We still take it one day at a time whether it’s practice, scrimmages, or games. We’re proud to have won a playoff game last season and push Proctor to the limit, but these guys believe now that they could’ve won that match as easily as Proctor did and they are ready to go to start the season,” added Stratman.
Twinfield-Cabot will host crosstown rival Danville in their season opener on Friday.