Local talent featured on Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s men’s soccer team

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s soccer team has been busy preparing for its upcoming 2016 season.

The Raiders will hit the pitch with a 16-man roster this season – including several local standouts – and will participate in its first scrimmage of the season today.

“I feel like we are in a really good place right now. The team has come together nicely, even with all the new faces,” Coach Cory Leggiero said. “Fitness looks pretty good, most of the guys came back ready to go. I see a tremendous competitive spirit. Everyone is starting to find out their role and identity within the team, training has been a joy to be at.”

The Raiders return David Vandenabeele from Gloversville, who started every match for the Raiders last season. Leggiero said he is looking for a lot out of Vandenabeele again this season, as he brings size and a great work ethic to the team.

Northville’s Wolfgang Reinke is back for his second season and hopes to stay healthy as he battled some injuries last season. Amsterdam’s Greyson Mullins rounds out the returners and will be one of the keys to the Raiders offense.

Coach Leggiero is looking for key newcomers Austin Heroth of Johnstown, Justin Marek of Broadalbin and Justin Estremera of Schenectady to make an impact this season.

“Heroth is versatile at his position and very quick; with a high work rate. He is a tremendous talent and fits in to the FM style of play.” Leggiero said. “Justin [Estremera] has been, in our opinion, one of the top players in the area for the last few seasons, we are thrilled to have him. Justin Marek will also play a major role on the field as he brings a great combination of size and quickness on both sides of the ball.”

Vandenabeele and Heroth will captain the Raiders this season.

Northville’s Shane Smith, Dustin Buyce, Jacob Coupas and Jordan Monette join the Raiders this season along with Fort Plain’s Aiden VanLoan, Broadalbin’s Cameron Monks, Mayfield’s Jack Albertin and Marc Radnai, Amsterdam’s John Capovani and Yauza Arauz of Honduras.

Leggiero is excited and ready to see what the new and improved Raiders can prove in Region III play.

“We are young, some may say this is a weakness however I see this as a strength,” he said. “The boys are looking to really turn this program around. We are focusing on not being on an emotional roller coaster, we never want to get too low or too high. Like I said, when I was first hired here at FM, our goal for this season and every season is to win one more game, score one more goal and concede one less.”

The 2016 season will kick off Sept. 3 when the Raiders travel to Onondaga Community College to take on the Lazers at 1 p.m. The Raiders first home contest will be Sept. 4 when they host Cayuga at 2 p.m.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College Mens’ Soccer

Sept. 3at Onondaga Community College1 p.m.

Sept. 4CAYUGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE2 p.m.

Sept. 6HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE*4 p.m.

Sept. 10HERKIMER COLLEGE*1 p.m.

Sept. 11at Clinton Community College*1 p.m.

Sept. 17at SUNY Broome Community College11 a.m.

Sept. 18JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE1 p.m.

Sept. 21TOMPKINS CORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE4 p.m.

Sept. 24NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE1 p.m.

Sept. 28at Mohawk Valley Community College*4 p.m.

Oct. 1at Erie Community College2 p.m.

Oct. 5at North Country Community College4 p.m.

Oct. 12at SUNY Adirondack*4 p.m.

Oct. 15CORNING COMMUNITY COLLEGE1 p.m.

* Conference match

Local talent featured on Fulton-Montgomery Community College’s men’s soccer team

TOWN OF JOHNSTOWN – The Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s soccer team has been busy preparing for its upcoming 2016 season.

The Raiders will hit the pitch with a 16-man roster this season – including several local standouts – and will participate in its first scrimmage of the season today.

“I feel like we are in a really good place right now. The team has come together nicely, even with all the new faces,” Coach Cory Leggiero said. “Fitness looks pretty good, most of the guys came back ready to go. I see a tremendous competitive spirit. Everyone is starting to find out their role and identity within the team, training has been a joy to be at.”

The Raiders return David Vandenabeele from Gloversville, who started every match for the Raiders last season. Leggiero said he is looking for a lot out of Vandenabeele again this season, as he brings size and a great work ethic to the team.

Northville’s Wolfgang Reinke is back for his second season and hopes to stay healthy as he battled some injuries last season. Amsterdam’s Greyson Mullins rounds out the returners and will be one of the keys to the Raiders offense.

Coach Leggiero is looking for key newcomers Austin Heroth of Johnstown, Justin Marek of Broadalbin and Justin Estremera of Schenectady to make an impact this season.

“Heroth is versatile at his position and very quick; with a high work rate. He is a tremendous talent and fits in to the FM style of play.” Leggiero said. “Justin [Estremera] has been, in our opinion, one of the top players in the area for the last few seasons, we are thrilled to have him. Justin Marek will also play a major role on the field as he brings a great combination of size and quickness on both sides of the ball.”

Vandenabeele and Heroth will captain the Raiders this season.

Northville’s Shane Smith, Dustin Buyce, Jacob Coupas and Jordan Monette join the Raiders this season along with Fort Plain’s Aiden VanLoan, Broadalbin’s Cameron Monks, Mayfield’s Jack Albertin and Marc Radnai, Amsterdam’s John Capovani and Yauza Arauz of Honduras.

Leggiero is excited and ready to see what the new and improved Raiders can prove in Region III play.

“We are young, some may say this is a weakness however I see this as a strength,” he said. “The boys are looking to really turn this program around. We are focusing on not being on an emotional roller coaster, we never want to get too low or too high. Like I said, when I was first hired here at FM, our goal for this season and every season is to win one more game, score one more goal and concede one less.”

The 2016 season will kick off Sept. 3 when the Raiders travel to Onondaga Community College to take on the Lazers at 1 p.m. The Raiders first home contest will be Sept. 4 when they host Cayuga at 2 p.m.

Fulton-Montgomery Community College Mens’ Soccer

Sept. 3at Onondaga Community College1 p.m.

Sept. 4CAYUGA COMMUNITY COLLEGE2 p.m.

Sept. 6HUDSON VALLEY COMMUNITY COLLEGE*4 p.m.

Sept. 10HERKIMER COLLEGE*1 p.m.

Sept. 11at Clinton Community College*1 p.m.

Sept. 17at SUNY Broome Community College11 a.m.

Sept. 18JEFFERSON COMMUNITY COLLEGE1 p.m.

Sept. 21TOMPKINS CORTLAND COMMUNITY COLLEGE4 p.m.

Sept. 24NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE1 p.m.

Sept. 28at Mohawk Valley Community College*4 p.m.

Oct. 1at Erie Community College2 p.m.

Oct. 5at North Country Community College4 p.m.

Oct. 12at SUNY Adirondack*4 p.m.

Oct. 15CORNING COMMUNITY COLLEGE1 p.m.

* Conference match