BEAVER FALLS, New York (WWNY) – We continue our preview of area soccer teams gearing up for the upcoming season by taking a look at the Beaver River Beavers, a team with high expectations heading into the upcoming season.
Coach Matt Lyndaker’s Beavers struggled in 2021, posting an overall record of 2-6, 0-3 in the ever-tough Class D Northwest Division.
But with solid numbers and several returning veterans from last year’s team, Lyndaker says he’s optimistic his team will have a turnaround year this season.
”The guys are working hard, the numbers are good. Are they better than last year. Now we have about 29 children, a good group of older adults, returning 16 children, so the experience is there. I hope to do some good things,” Lyndaker said.
The players are also hoping to do some good things this season.
The Beavers lost their last 4 games of the season last year, but returning players say experiences from last season have made them work harder in the off-season and feel this will be the year the Beavers will find themselves competing. by a Section 3 Class. Championship D.
”This year’s team, I have a lot of faith in them. I see a lot of people working hard and I am very proud to see most of my friends doing the best job possible. My expectations, I really hope we get to the playoffs and go as far as we can. nice, people work hard and that makes me want to work harder,” said Logan Clement.
“My team. I think we look pretty strong. We have strong connections with each other, we see each other as a kind of family. My expectations, obviously, everyone’s expectation is to go to the Dome, but I could really see us going there this year,” he said. Skyler Steiner.
“I want to say we have a great group of guys. They’ve been working hard all offseason. My expectations, I think we’re going to make the playoffs and I think we have a real shot at playing in the Dome this year,” Derrick Zehr said.
Class D is once again packed with talented teams this year, and Lyndaker knows that each and every one of his team’s games will be a battle in the upcoming season.
”It is always hard. Dolgeville is back, they’re out of the division, but they’re coming to us in week 3 and they’re going to give us a big test to see where we stand. Sandy Creek is always tough, Onondaga, Cato, it’s a battle every week,” Lyndaker said.
The Beavers open the 2022 season with road competition on Saturday, September 10 as they travel to Utica to take on Utica Notre Dame at 1 p.m.
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