The Revere High boys soccer team will open its 2011 campaign this Tuesday evening with a contest against non league rival Malden Catholic under the lights and on the turf behind the high school at 7:00 p.m.
Coach Nik Tower, who piloted the Patriots to a sterling 11-3-5 mark last season, one of the most successful in the history of the RHS boys soccer program (which ended with a loss in double overtime to Lowell in the state tourney), has been putting his charges through their paces in anticipation of the season opener.
The Pats have played four scrimmages thus far against Melrose, Wilmington, Wakefield, and Rockport, all of whom are non league foes. Tower said he has seen some good signs from his young team thus far.
“We’re heavy with underclassmen, so we know that the first part of the season will be a learning experience for us,” said Tower, whose squad is captained by junior defenseman Steven Pineda-Reyes. “But this is a really great group of boys who clearly are eager to get better. We’re hoping that as the season progresses we’ll work together as a team and improve. Our goal is to make the tourney.”
Buoyed by the success of last year’s Patriots, the boys soccer program continues to grow, with a newly formed freshman team for the first time complementing the JV and varsity squads.
“We have a lot of young players who will be playing together for the next few years,” said Tower. “We’re laying the foundation for success in the years ahead.”
After Tuesday night’s season opener with MC, Tower and crew will host Peabody Friday.