Boys Falcon soccer begins new season, looking for fifth state championship

After bringing home the state title last year, Boys Falcon Soccer has entered the spring season with high expectations as they not only return return many players, but have high hopes of adding  another state championship to their accolades.

Former Head Coach Eric Blackmore transitioned to Ocean Lakes High School as their athletic director earlier this year, leaving the team with ‘new management’ and a positive outlook for the future. The new head coach and former assistant coach Santo Ripa, was on staff throughout their latest state championship year.  Ripa plans to keep the main objectives for the same, but brings a different type of coaching style to the field.

The Falcon boys, as of this week, are ranked #14 in the state, #5 in the region, and #2 in the Beach District. After proving themselves early on in the season, defeating opponents such as Grassfield High School and Warhill High School, they still plan to move up in the ranks with wins against long-time rivals First Colonial High School and top-ranked Kellam High School later in the season. Thus far though, the boys have suffered losses to both Princess Anne and Ocean Lakes High Schools.

“I believe we can go all the way this year, we have talent, confidence, and a great coaching staff. The only thing that can stop us is ourselves,” sophomore Grayson Brazukas said.

The Falcons Soccer program, both the boys and girls teams, will hold their annual senior night send off at their home field on Tuesday, May 2. All graduating seniors will be honored in between the girls and boys games for their contributions to the soccer program throughout the years. Senior Night is a special moment for all the seniors as they cherish their last few home games at the school.

Graduating seniors that will be honored include Robbie Reynolds, Jace Arcona, David Hartwell, Alex Mausser, Owen Comeyne, Trey McDonald, Everett Bugg, and Ryan Bessey.

The Falcons will continue their season on Thursday, April 27, as they hit the road to take on Salem at 7:00 p.m.