Four months ago, Beacon announced that she was moving from Section 1 to Section 9 this coming school year.
And when the game resumes in the fall, the boys’ soccer team won’t be completely overwhelmed.
The Bulldogs compete in Goshen’s inaugural Summer League, giving the team a chance to play against some of the new Section 9 competition they face this fall.
The Summer League in Goshen is not only an opportunity for the Bulldogs to get a glimpse of what they will soon have to face, but also allowed the group to get in shape and build some chemistry. team.
There are plenty of college Beacon players participating, but one notable absence is goaltender AJ Lucas, who played for the Kingston Stockade this summer. He also participated in a number of university identification camps.
From section 1 to section 9: Beacon makes the switch, expecting to be more competitive
Still, coach Craig Seaman said it gave him the opportunity to assess some of the young talent, with the junior college season being reduced to four games last year and the modified season being canceled amid the pandemic of COVID-19.
“It serves a few purposes for us,” he said. “On the one hand, seeing some of these teams, acclimating to the style of play and the quality of play, and just developing a certain familiarity. And also, it’s good for us because we have guys who can develop a certain physical form, they can create a certain chemistry. … And then we also assess some children.
The league features 12 teams, including Beacon, Monroe-Woodbury, Warwick, Ellenville, Washingtonville, Newburgh Free Academy, Cornwall and Gladiators hosts, among others. Matches are eight-on-eight instead of the traditional 11-on-11, and the league began on June 28, with competitions held on Mondays and Wednesdays.
The game will end on July 28, and Seaman has stated that by the end of it, Beacon will have played 10 summer championship games. A new member of Section 9, playing in the league has helped the Bulldogs adjust to what their new opponents have to offer.
“It was great for us. I think it’s been great for the boys in general getting used to playing together again, getting to know some of the competitions in Section 9, ”said Seaman. “It helps to familiarize yourself so you don’t go blind in September. “
Seaman added that it helped his team get in shape ahead of pre-season training in August, and for the players to get acquainted again, perhaps creating a quality relationship.
“A lot of them play for different clubs so it’s a chance for them to get back together,” he said.
The Bulldogs have brought in several young players to compete in the league, including their backup and junior goaltenders – Lucas having competed this summer with semi-pro Stockade in Kingston. Lucas has also attended college identification camps, including one at Lakeland in Shrub Oak.
“I probably have a handful of key college comebacks that have mostly played out. These are known amounts, and we’ve looked at a few youngsters, ”Seaman said. “We can see some of these budding freshmen and sophomores and they’re playing varsity players, so it’s super valuable that way.”
Beacon cited potential financial benefits, a potential reduction in travel, and a more favorable competitive balance as reasons for moving from Section 1 to Section 9. The Bulldogs plan to participate in the Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association, one of the two leagues in Section 9, along with the Hudson Mid-League Track and Field.
In their final hurray in Section 1, the Beacon boys’ soccer team came out the winner. The Bulldogs won the Dutchess County regional title in November, with a 2-1 loss to John Jay-East Fishkill. The pandemic forced the cancellation of traditional section tournaments, and regional tournaments based on team geography were held instead.