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Fúbol Preview 2018

After going 11-11-1, being bumped from the first round of the playoffs by the eventual state champions, and losing leading scorer and points leader, Frankie Sacco, the 2018 Fútbol Cats have a lot to fill. Lead by a core group of seniors and a strong underclass presence, the Cats are poised to have a very successful season.


Any good team starts in the back with the Goal Keeper, and the Cats have a good one in Senior Joey Keane. He will be entering his second year as the starting goalie, and coming off of a solid season last year. Keane held opponents to 15 goals in 14 games with a .91 save percentage.


“Joey is one of the more vocal leaders on the team,” said senior forward Thomas Arndt, “He’s not afraid to get on people who are coasting through games and get them fired up.”

However, Keane will need some help from the defense in front of him. One of the biggest questions entering the season will be how the defense is going to play. In the past, untimely mishaps and miscommunications have been the Achilles Heel of the Cats.


But this year, lead by 4th year varsity player and captain, Zach Cancilla, the Westminster defense hopes to cut down on mistakes and give be the Cats a chance to win every game.


“We have some new guys filling a few of the roles, “said Cancilla, centerback, “So it may take us a little while to get comfortable with each other, but the talent is there.”


And last but certainly not least, the Westminster offense is crucial to the teams success. Although their offense is one of the stronger parts of the team, headed by captain and 4th year midfielder Nathan Laughlin, and senior forward Luke Linam, there are some underclassmen who could push the Cats to the next level.


Freshmen Jack Lemp, and Sophomores Liam Lloyd, and Andrew Smith are some of the younger players looking to make a serious impact on the team this year.


“We’ve got a solid team this year with lot of skill, “said Laughlin, “It’s been a lot of fun getting to play with the younger guys and see what they can do.”


The Cats went 1-1 during the MSSAH Preseason Tournament and open up the Regular Season September 1st against John Burroughs.