Boys soccer preview: Lewicki optimistic about Wilton's chances

Losing 13 seniors from a year ago doesn’t seem to be cause for concern for Wilton High boys soccer coach Jim Lewicki. 

For one, Lewicki, a self-described “under the radar guy,” doesn’t mind the fact that other teams may be overlooking the Warriors. And secondly, he has a very talented, very deep pool of younger players ready to move up to the varsity level.

“I’m very optimistic about the team," said Lewicki. "We’ve played very well in our first three scrimmages. Great passing. We just haven’t put the ball in the net, but hopefully that will come."

The Warriors also know something about quickly rebuilding. Last year’s team had lost 18 players from the year prior but still managed to go 11-6-3 and make it to the FCIAC semifinals.

Wilton did graduate a lot of talent, particularly All-FCIAC forward Chauncey Allers, who scored a team-high 14 goals, and four other All-FCIAC East Division players in Antonio Galimi, Oliver Quantock, Troy Lamason and Matthew Przybysz, plus several other key players.

Wilton has 10 returning varsity players — five seniors and five juniors.

The seniors feature goalie Will DeSantis (All-FCIAC East last year), midfield/striker Michael Lynch, defender Jack Deneen, midfielder Wyatt Dean and goalie Michael Legaz.

The junior class returnees are centerbacks Patrick Prinner and Matthew Ravichandran, midfielder/striker Jack Brandt, striker/midfielder Josh Reeve and wing midfielder Cole Hawthorne.

Captains of this year’s team are Lynch, Prinner and Ravichandran.

The roster was still being finalized this week, so Lewicki didn’t know exactly what the final lineup would be like — except to say that the 22-strong junior class would make up most of the starting lineup. Lewicki said the team has come into the pre-season fit and ready to go.

“The chemistry and camaraderie they have is great,” he said. “The kids have worked hard.”