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Balance a Strength for BVT Soccer

The Blackstone Valley Tech boys soccer team made a run to the sectional tournament and captured the Colonial Athletic League title in 2013. The Beavers return for this fall with eight returning players, and a well balanced attack.
"We are really more well rounded and versatile than we have ever been," head coach Jim Bird said. "Our fullbacks are halfbacks, our halfbacks can be forwards, no one plays just one position, which gives us a lot of flexibility out there."
Not that the Beavers lack star power. Charlie Brodeur returns for his senior season after registering one of the top 10-point totals in the league last year. Bird believes he can be even better this year. "I think he has the potential to lead the league in goal scoring," Bird said. "He might move from striker to midfield to balance our team a bit more, but he can be effective from anywhere on the field. He is going to do big things this year."
Bryce Demers returns in goal after a season that saw him rank at or near the top in most categories among CAL goalkeepers. Bird believes Demers has all-league potential, provided he remains healthy. In front of Demers, BVT graduated a pair of defensive stoppers from last year's team. In their place, Bird is looking Brett May to be able to lead the defense.
"Brodeur, Demers, and May are our three stars," Bird said. "But everyone else should be able to hold their own and then some."
Valley Tech will have 21 players on the varsity roster this season, including some impact sophomores. Dan Wotton saw time as a freshman last season and should be able to provide some scoring this year. Junior Teddy Floyd figures to be among the team leaders in assists.
Senior Daren Kofske is another potential impact player on the defensive end. "He will provide defensive strength for us, no doubt about it," Bird said. "He has been with us for four years and is working through some ankle injuries now, but he will help us win through his defense and his leadership on and off the field."
BVT finished first in the Colonial with a 9-1-2 league mark in 2013, barely edging Parker Charter and Keefe Tech. Bird expects the league to be equally competitive this season with those two schools along with Assabet and Bay Path challenging the Beavers for a spot on top of the standings.
"The thing I like about our league is that nobody is a pushover, they are all good teams and even though it is cliché to say it, anyone can beat anyone else on any day," he said. "It's going to be a tough schedule, but I think we can come out on top again if we work harder than anyone else."




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