Lockport Union-Sun & Journal Online

September 4, 2012

Cream of the crop

Hulshoff's soccer Lions will be formidable yet again in 2012

By John D'Onofrio
Lockport Union-Sun & Journal


Strap on your seat belts Lockport boys varsity soccer fans, because this fall promises to be yet another exciting Niagara Frontier League season for head coach Jeff Hulshoff’s Lions.
Despite the loss of the some outstanding players to graduation, including Bubba Ralyea, Alex Secord, Jordan Senay, Connor   Dry and Tyler Chapman, Hulshoff said he’s optimistic his team can defend it’s 2011 NFL title — the team’s fourth in Hulshoff’s   seven-year tenure.
Lockport opens its league season at 4:30 p.m. today at Niagara-Wheatfield. Their home opener is a non-league contest at 5   p.m. Friday against Nichols at the 2012 Lockport Boys & Girls Soccer Tournament.
The Lions finished an impressive 15-2-1 overall a year ago and went as far as the Section VI Class AA semifinals, losing 1-0 to the eventual VI champion Lancaster.
With the return of the team’s top two goal scorers, senior co-captain Alex Reid and junior Joshua Beshaw, Hulshoff said expectations   are even higher for his 25-man roster in 2012.
“Yes, we’ve got very high expectations,” Hulshoff said. “I like this group’s attitude and their intensity. They pay attention   to details and like to listen.”
Reid, who possesses both lightning speed, great footwork and a lethal shot, led the blue and gold in scoring last season with 18 goals. Beshaw, who has complimented not only Reid well, but all his teammates on the varsity the past two seasons, had 13 tallies and multiple
assists in 2011. Joining them up top is another natural goal scorer in senior striker Mike Ford.
The Lions’ other three senior co-captains this year are Kurtis Maloney, Nick Sammarco and Jerry West. Maloney will anchor the defense, while West and Sammarco will start at midfield. All three are experienced, disciplined two-way players and good   leaders.
Other top returning seniors include Dave Pollock, midfielder Sam Greco and Andy Reid, who missed last season because he was   an exchange student in the Netherlands.
Lockport’s two keepers this year are senior Anthony Pellicano and junior Bailey Reid. Hulshoff said both have good hands and   plenty of experience and will share duties in goal throughout the season.
Rounding out the LHS roster are seniors Yves Luginbuehl, Mike Bouchard, Quinn Colville, Matt Strassel, Derek Dunlap and Felix   Heinzl; juniors Chris MacDonald, Sherman Hunter, Connor Evans, Dillon Olear, Nicholas Deuil, Nse Obot and Lukais Sciandra;   and freshman Andrew Sakowski.
“Lew-Port and Grand Island should be among the better teams, but I expect us to be at the top again by the end of the season,” Hulshoff said.
Assisting Hulshoff this year will be“Judge” Bill Watson.


Today     @ Niagara-Wheatfield        4:30 p.m.
Fri.     LHS Tourney        5 p.m.
Sat.     LHS Tourney,      1 p.m.
Mon     @ Lewiston-Porter        6:30 p.m.
9/12     NORTH TONAWANDA        4:30 p.m.
9/15     @ Niagara Falls      11 a.m.
9/18     KENMORE WEST      4:30 p.m.
9/21     @ Grand Island     4:30 p.m.
9/24     KENMORE EAST     4:30 p.m.
9/27     LEWISTON-PORTER     4:30 p.m.
10/3     NIAGARA-WHEATFIELD     4:30 p.m.
10/6     @ North Tonawanda     11 a.m.
10/9     NIAGARA FALLS     4:30 p.m.
10/12     @ Kenmore West     4:30 p.m.
10/15     GRAND ISLAND     4:30 p.m.
10/18     @ Kenmore East     4:30 p.m.


NO.     NAME     GRADE
01     Bailey Reid     11
1     Yves Luginbuehl     12
2     Anthony Pellicano     12
3     Joshua Beshaw     11
4     Jerry West     12
5     Michael Bouchard     12
6     Kurtis Maloney     12
7     Mike Ford     12
8     Quinn Colville     12
9     Nick Sammarco     12
10     Matt Strassel     12
11     Sam Greco     12
12     Chris MacDonald     11
13     Sherman Hunter     11
14     Connor Evans     11
15     Andrew Reid     12
16     Derek Dunlap     12
17     Dillon Olear     11
18     Andrew Sakowski     9
19     Nicholas Deuil     11
20     Felix Heinzl     12
21     Nse Obot     11
22     Alex Reid     12
23     David Pollock     12
24     Lukais Sciandra     11