Each new season comes with its own set of challenges. More often than not teams are able overcome their respective challenges and iron out all the kinks that come along with being on a new club.
It’s not so much about the outcome, but the journey it takes to get there.
That’s why North Shore Tech/Essex Aggie boys head coach Joel Spruance isn’t concerned that his team remains winless heading into tonight’s Commonwealth Athletic Conference matchup against Mystic Valley. Instead the first year coach is focused on helping the team get better every day.
”I can’t ask for players who are more dedicated to the game,” explained Spruance. “As their coach, I look forward to being with them every day at practice.
”We haven’t seen the results yet this season, but our guys have a never quit attitude. We’ve always said that we will let the results take care of themselves. Our work ethic is the one thing that we can control, so we focus on that every day.
The Bulldogs (0-5) aren’t the same team they were a year ago. Spruance took over for Tom Milaschewski this season and is working to rebuild a team that qualified for the Division 3 North tournament just 12 months ago.
“We graduated 12 seniors and we have a lot of young guys who are trying to improve on last season,” added Spruance. “We are a young, ambitious team that is looking to equal last year’s success of making the state tournament.”
While the expectations are still set high for the Bulldogs, they’re still looking for the first win of the season and Spruance is hoping that some of his top player well lead the team in the right direction.
Both senior captains Harrison Asaro and Nathan Espinal act as the defensive anchors on the field and have improved dramatically since the first game. Mark Mishel and Carter Sheehan aim to control the midfield and are also intense defenders in the center of the field for the Bulldogs. Sophomores Josh Zwiercan (midfield) and Sam Cueva (attack) are two of North Shore’s more creative players when it comes to scoring chances and are the top returning scorers on the team.