BANGOR – For John Bapst boy’s soccer, 2017 will be a whole lot different than 2016.
“Yea it’s going to be rough. We lost a bunch of team players last year but we’re going to try to have to step it up this year and fill the gaps,” senior Sean Adams said.
The Crusaders graduated 13 seniors and only return one starter from a team that reached the Class B North title game last season.
“We didn’t know how many freshmen we’d get and what kind of quality etc. And I mean I probably got the best freshmen class I have seen at Bapst,” first year head coach Yann Dupuy said.
Dupuy spent the previous five years coaching junior varsity, but after an opportunity arose to move and coach at the varsity level he couldn’t turn it down.
“I’ve spent a lot of time with them and I’m on the same ball you know it’s a young team a lot of things to prove, same for me,” Dupuy said.
The first year head coach realizes that expectations are high at Bapst, but he is preaching patience.
“But it’s looking good, I mean there’s a lot of potential I just need to see the first few regular season games to see if everyone can be ready for this kind of level of soccer,” Dupuy said.
Bapst has just over a week to figure it out, the Crusaders kick off the season Sept. 2 versus Presque Isle.