Colin Mahoney is optimistic about his St. Anselm soccer team’s chances this season. The former Peabody High captain is a sophomore midfielder, who is expected to contribute in every game, and thinks his team has a good chance to make the Northeast-10 playoffs.
“It looks good,” he said. “We lost six or seven seniors, but brought in eight freshmen, who look very good. There are five juniors on the team and only four of them play so next year my class will have to take a bigger role. We have 11 sophomores, who play regularly.”
Mahoney saw action in six games as a freshman and expects to get a lot more time on the pitch this season. He is comfortable at center midfield, outside back, and the other midfield spots.
“I really like defensive center midfield the best,” said Mahoney, who is a pre-law political science major with a minor in economics. “I sub in there, but don’t start. To be honest, I really don’t care where I play; anywhere the coach (Peter Ramsey) puts me is fine. I just want to be out there and contribute.
“There are a lot of quality teams in our league. Now that Adelphi is back into the Northeast-10 after playing Division 1 we know they will be tough.”
The Hawks opened the season at the Inaugural Catholic Cup which was held at Stonehill College last weekend. They beat host Stonehill, 1-0 in the opening round before being shut out by Assumption, 3-0 in the finals. Tomorrow they open up at home with a rematch against Assumption.
“We were in a lot of close games and lost two in overtime last season,” said Mahoney. “The Bentley game went to the second overtime, and we lost with six seconds left. That was a real tough one, but we have a solid team back, and hopefully we can pull out some of those close ones.
“In college if you are tied at the end of the game you go into two 15 minute overtime periods. If it’s still tied then it goes into the books that way. There are no penalty kicks. When we play at home we always get a decent amount of students out to cheer us on as well as parents and friends. It’s exciting to play in front of our fans.”
Mahoney is extremely busy during the fall season because in addition to soccer he is also the vice president of his class.
“That takes up a lot of my time, and it’s pretty hectic during soccer season,” said Mahoney. “Once that’s over I have a lot more time. I like to keep busy though.”
Dragon Within Mixed Martial Arts will hold a free bully proof workshop for all elementary school youngsters on Saturday, September 28 from 2-4 p.m. at DWMMA which is located at 11 Franklin Street in Salem. Attendance doesn’t require a membership at Dragon Within, but parents should call (978-745-8511) or email at www.DWMMA.com to reserve a spot.
Bullying is a hot topic that has been in the news a lot, and a high percentage of bullying ends with a physical fight. DWMMA owner Dennis Cregier pointed out statistics show a child is bullied every seven minutes. The workshop will show kids five key concepts on how to avoid conflict with a bully verbally, and how to defend themselves physically without striking their attacker.
The football schedule doesn’t get any easier for St. John’s Prep this week when Brockton comes to town. The Eagles beat the Boxers twice last season, the first time in a tropical downpour at Rocky Marciano Stadium and then again in the Super Bowl at Bentley College, 48-28. Coach Peter Columbo won’t have any trouble getting his team up for St. John’s, especially after seeing Bridgewater-Raynham upset the Prep, 20-14 last week.
With only one starter back, the Eagles’ defense is both very young and very inexperienced. But they shut out BR in the second half, and will have another tough challenge on their hands this week. Sophomore defensive end Jack Lambert had a big second half tackle for a nine yard loss on the Trojans’ leading running back Brandon Gallagher, who gained over 100 yards. That’s the kind of play that fires a defense up, and the Eagles are going to need more of them.
Most preseason polls had SJP ranked No. 1, but after the loss Everett took over the top spot. In two weeks the Crimson Tide will come to Cronin Stadium for another big game.
Jean DePlacido is a correspondent for The Salem News. You can contact her at JMDeplacido@aol.com.