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September 14, 2013

Jean DePlacido column: Peabody's Mahoney expects to contribute at St. Anselm

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.

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