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2016-08-24 / Sports

Sweet Home boys soccer returns scoring punch

by PATRICK J. NAGY Reporter


Sweet Home senior forward Noah Keem recorded 22 goals and nine assists in 16 games in his junior year. He is a returning ECIC II and All-Bee First Team all-star, and a team captain. 
File photo by Nick LoVerdePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Sweet Home senior forward Noah Keem recorded 22 goals and nine assists in 16 games in his junior year. He is a returning ECIC II and All-Bee First Team all-star, and a team captain. File photo by Nick LoVerdePurchase color photos at www.BeeNews.com Sweet Home’s boys soccer team has been a model of consistency, reaching the Section VI Class A-1 semifinals seven consecutive times.

Some key players graduated, including three-time All-Western New York and four-time ECIC Division II First Team all-star Joey Keem and attacking center midfielder Aidan Callahan.

The good news is the Panthers return some strong players led by senior forwards Noah Keem and Aaron Robinson, who combined for 31 of the team’s 55 goals last year.

Keem recorded 22 goals and nine assists in 16 games. He is also a returning ECIC II and All-Bee First Team all-star, and a team captain.

“He’s in the conversation for the front runner for Player of the Year in Western New York,” Panthers coach Scott Martin said. “He’s an explosive player.”

Robinson, a three-year starter, posted nine goals and five assists and is an ECIC II Second Team all-star.

Also back for his third year is junior center midfielder Patrick Hayter. Hayter is also a team captain.

“I refer to him as a throw- back,” Martin said. “He’s a workhorse and does the little things right. His conditioning is unbelievable.”

Senior Matthew Gemshine returns at either outside midfielder or outside back.

Senior captain Mack Blumen, a three-year starter, and returning junior Dan Lund will anchor the Panthers’ defense.

Martin said senior center midfielder Nicholas Peters has “improved more in the last 12 months than anyone he has coached.”

“He’s one of the top guys in the league that nobody knows about,” he said.

Junior Dan Danko returns at either outside defense or outside midfield.

Juniors Corey Jackson (outside back), Yousef Alhorebi (attacking midfield), Matt Ciminelli (goalie) and Matt Johnson (goalie) and sophomore Lucas Marshall (attacking midfield) make their varsity debuts, although Alhorebi was called up to play in the playoffs last year.

Sweet Home opens its season when they host North Tonawanda at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Niagara-Wheatfield at 7:30 p.m. Monday on its new turf field in the Coaches vs. Cancer Tournament.

All of Sweet Home’s home games will be played at night.

“It’s the largest soccer field in Western New York,” Martin said. “We have had a number of semi-pro teams reach out to us, not only because the field is so nice, but because there are no other fields around here that are that size.”

Sweet Home will also host the Class AA, A and B semifinals, finals and regionals.

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