“I work well with them,” Nardella said. “Those are guys I can trust when I’m down one end doing the offense. They’re good coaches and will handle the defense.”
Salem’s defense should be in pretty good hands with captains Alex Veloukas and John Kapnis returning to the lineup. Veloukas, a senior, and Kapnis, a junior, will be joined by senior midfielder Mitch Osgood as captains.
Seniors Matt Wilson, Jack Coelho and Billy Muse will help solidify the midfield crew, and junior Mat Muse should be a weapon on attack.
Nardella has also been pleased with the preseason performance of junior attack Peter Slattery, who transferred from B.C. High, and junior midfielder Craig Denehy.
Christian Costa saw some time in goal last year for Salem and he’ll take over the full-time duty this year as a junior.
“I’ve been looking for student-athletes who compete and leave it all on the field, guys who work hard every single day not only for their own personal benefit but also for the team,” Nardella said.
“I don’t think we have an All-American or a bunch of superstars, but we have a bunch who can compete day to day and if we play as a team, we can win a lot of games.”