Revere High boys soccer coach Nik Tower greeted a large crew of 45 players for the opening day of the 2012 soccer season last Thursday.
“It was a nice turnout,” said Tower. “I was pleasantly surprised. We have a lot of new faces, but we have strong senior leadership returning. There is a lot of enthusiasm and a great attitude, so we’re very excited about the coming season.”
Tower’s squad finished with a 9-9-2 mark in 2011, qualifying for the state tournament, and then knocked off East Boston, 1-0, in the opening round, marking the first-ever win by an RHS boys soccer team in the state tourney. The Pats fell 2-0 in the next round to Masconomet, a team that went on to win the Eastern Mass. title before losing in the state championship game.
“We’re looking to build on the success we had last year,” said Tower. “But with the realignment of the Northeastern Conference for soccer, we’ll have a bit of a tougher schedule.”
The Pats played well in their first pre-season scrimmage against Wakefield on Monday. They will be back in action for another scrimmage today (Wednesday) at 4:00 on the local field and then travel to Rockport Friday afternoon. The season opener is set for Tuesday, September 11, at Saugus.