Hoping to build on last season, Huns men’s football ready for 2022 campaign

Notably different: Tyler Stark, a Hun School boys soccer player, dribbles during a game last fall. Senior guard Stark will lead the defense against the Huns this fall. The Raiders, who went 1-1 with an 8-2 win over Kiski School (Pennsylvania) last Sunday, will host Scottish Church College (Pennsylvania) on Sept. 15 and then face off on Sept. 18. Malvern Prep (Pennsylvania) at the mainline Mardi Gras at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania. (Photo by Frank Wojciechowski)

Bill Alden

Last fall, the Hun School boys soccer team made some important breakthroughs, winning both the Mercer County Championship and the State Prep A Championship and taking its share of the Mid-Atlantic Prep League (MAPL) championship.

Looking ahead to the 2022 campaign, Huns head coach Pat Quick believes the success has energized his team of returners.

“There’s 12 or 13 kids coming back and they all have great experience here,” said Quirk, the Hun coach who led the Raiders to a 10-7 record last fall. “They both played at the varsity level last year. Winning a few games and getting close in some bigger games gave them more confidence, but we know it’s a brand new season.”

The trio of senior Massagliano Verducci (5 goals, 1 assist in 2021), junior Joey Butcher (2 goals, 3 assists) and junior Zachary Stark at the forward for Hun The position provides some high level play.

“Mass Verduci is going to be our key man in a 4-3-3 formation with Joey and Zachary on the wing,” said Quirk, who scored from Bucchere in Hun’s final 8-2 win over Kiski School (Pa.) It took three balls to improve to 1-1 on Sunday.

“He’s getting stronger, he’s been in the weight room a lot this summer. He’s got a really good ball at his feet and he’s shooting faster. He just wants to play. He said I could play guard and I said no, we need you Goals. He’s had some success in the summer and he’s been named to our captain’s committee again this year. He’s going to be a strong leader up front.”

Senior Zeng Jiang (6 goals and 1 assist) should also be a strong offensive threat for the Raiders.

“I do expect Will to score some goals, he might get into midfield a little bit and be more of a passer,” Quick said. “He has a very good view of the pitch. He’s definitely someone we can push on the wing and become dangerous.”

Quirk thinks Hun has the potential to score a lot of goals this fall.

“Our goal is to win in the danger zone and attack from there,” Quick said. “I think we have the people who can do that. We’ve been trying to finish offense and be creative.”

Huns have some good talent in midfield, senior Aditien
Tamilselvan (8 goals, 5 assists), junior Connor Frykholm (4 goals, 7 assists), junior Michael D’Aulerio (1 assist), freshman Christopher Meehan, senior Tyler Arthur

“I want Adhiyan to score a lot and be a guy with a lot of assists,” Quirk said. “Connor’s got two years of playing experience. He’s gotten better in the air. He’s looking to create and wreak havoc for us. Michael might go into midfield a little bit. Christopher might play a little bit there. Taylor in We’re in our second year here and he can come off the bench in that position.”

On the defensive end, senior Taylor Stark (2 goals), Dallerio, junior Alden Hill and senior Joaquin Parez will support the backline.

“We put Taylor back there last year, even though he didn’t play centre-back very often, and he did grow in that position,” Quick said. “He’s our leader now. We’re looking for someone to match Tyler. There’s experience between Michael and Alden. If Alden isn’t there, he’ll probably slide right back. We have Joaquin in Defending the flanks, but he’s dangerous offensively. He’ll fill that spot on the left.”

When it comes to goalkeeping, sophomore Diego Pena, who was selected to the Dominican Republic’s U-17 team this summer, has shown a lot of potential.

“Diego has one game for them and they’re eligible for the next one, but it’s not until December,” Quick said. “We’re happy he’s back and we think he’ll have a big voice there. He’ll be very good.”

If the Raiders can tactically agree, then their ability is excellent.

“I think the most important thing for us is to be ourselves, figure out our style of play and stick with it, not try to change too much,” said Quick, whose team will host Scottish Chapel College (Pennsylvania) on Sept. 15. ) before facing Malvern Prep (Pa.) at the Mainline Jamboree on Sept. 18 at the United Sports Training Center in Downingtown, Pennsylvania.

“We’ve found a good match now. We’re not really comparing ourselves to anyone else, we’re just doing our best.”

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