Wolcott Tech boys' soccer looking to improve on good year in 2016 behind new head coach.
TORRINGTON: In 2016, the Wolcott Tech boys' soccer team had a special kind of season, posting an 8-4-2 mark and making the State Tournament.
In 2017, returning a bulk of the talent and a good mix of young players, the Wildcats will look to improve and will do it under a new head coach, who takes over the program 32 years after being a junior varsity coach in 1985.
Vincenzo "Vinnie" Viscariello will be guiding the Wildcats as they look for their third straight appearance in the post season.
Stopping by practice on Monday, a portion of the team was hard at work on drills and it was pretty apparent that the group was comfortable with each other and had several players stepping up from a focal standpoint during the practice.
In 2017, Tyler Akerley and Hunter Seibert will fill the roles of captain with Hunter Miket and Colby Suminski serving as the alternates.
Viscariello is happy to be back at a place he used to call home and is pleased with what he sees out of his team so far.
"Our strength is playing attacking offense and working together," Viscariello said. "Our weakness is inexperience in goal. The kids are working hard and we have some talent."
Johnathan Chimbo, Miket, Marc Rich and freshman Shawn Arrigoni give Viscariello multiple options to utilize on different parts of the field.
Viscariello has had the soccer bug for a long time, playing for the first time when he was just five years old when he played with Torrington Youth Soccer.
The Wildcats open their 2017 season on Friday when they travel to take on O'Brien Tech. Their first home game will be on Friday, September 15 when they host Wilcox Tech.
"The team goal is to make the state tournament for the third straight year," Viscariello said. "I think we have the players to make that happen."