FMCC men’s soccer opens season at home

Fulton-Montgomery Community College men's soccer coach Cory Leggiero watches his team during a recent practice. The Raiders open their season today at home against Jefferson Community College. (Photo submitted)

JOHNSTOWN — After coming off a 6-7 season and a regional tournament berth, the Fulton-Montgomery Community College men’s soccer team has been busy preparing for its upcoming 2018 season.

The 16-player roster is a week and a half into their pre-season and coach Cory Leggiero’s squad is looking forward to getting their season started. 

“Practices are tough on the guys with high expectations. The guys are giving great effort and came in to preseason in pretty good shape,” Leggiero said. “With less than two weeks of preseason, we have pushed hard to be ready for our first game.”

This preseason, the squad has been working on technical skills and positioning for the team. A big emphasis on fitness has been crucial as well in order to last through the rigorous season.

The Raiders return two key players from the 2017 team in Cameron Biche and Jefferson Jurado, and will rely heavily on the newcomers.  

“With only Cam and Jefferson as the two returners from last year, there are big expectations on the new players this year,” Leggiero said. “For the first time, the majority of the team lives on campus this year. We have some dynamic players and look to see it all come together as a cohesive group.”

Rounding out the roster are sophomore Michael Friguletto, as well as freshmen Jonathan Mendoza, Lawrence Durudogan, Evan Luck, Abdullahi Gedow, Jean Horacius, Amaury Garcia, Ahmed Mourad, Kevin Maldonado, Patrick Palmer, Yasser Mourad, Evan Wieczenski, Victor Valenzuela and Tyler Benton.

The FMCC squad looks to finish out their preseason focusing on the team and utilizing the new class of very talented athletes and focus on one game at a time, one play at a time and playing smart soccer. 

Coach Leggiero, who is in his fourth season at the helm, is excited for the season to start. “Our goals have always been to win one more game, score one more goal and concede one less goal than last year.”

The 2018 season will begin today at home.

The Raiders will host Jefferson Community College at 1 p.m.