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Boys' Soccer - Varsity

Record: 1-0-1

Overview

Overview

2017 New England Semifinalists
2016 Founders League Champion
2016 New England Semifinalists
2016 WNEPSSA Class A Runner-Up
2015 New England Quarterfinalists
2011 New England Semifinalists
2011 WNEPSSA Class A Runner-Up
2005 Western New England Sportsmanship Award

Taft has a great tradition for soccer and provides committed student athletes a setting to take their game to the highest possible level. With four boys' soccer teams, each having its own schedule, field, and coaches, Taft soccer is truly a developmental program where players work their way through the system. The program is known for its camaraderie and places tremendous value on hard work and sportsmanship. Taft's varsity team has enjoyed decades of winning seasons, highlighted by a Founders League Championship in 2016 and Class A New England Tournament berths in 2011, 2015, 2016, and 2017. Taft was also honored with the Western New England Sportsmanship Award in 2005. Taft soccer is an extraordinary experience. Within one of the finest academic high schools in America, Taft Soccer offers its players the chance to play a rigorous schedule, which includes matches against the biggest and best programs in prep soccer. Taft soccer players will have the opportunity to play with and against college level athletes from all over the country and world, the privilege to play and train on one of the finest fields in New England, and the chance to train with experienced coaches that have played the game at the collegiate level and beyond. Taft's soccer program provides players with considerable exposure to college coaches, and many of our athletes have continued their soccer careers at prestigious colleges and universities, including The Air Force Academy, Amherst College, Colgate University, Cornell University, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, Middlebury College, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI), St. Lawrence University, University of Virginia, Wesleyan University, Williams College, Yale University, and several others. Taft soccer is the complete package for an aspiring student-athlete and a unique opportunity to gain exposure to the game at its highest level.

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Schedule

Schedule

Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Type Details Result Score Status
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Brunswick School
Brunswick School Away View Recap Tie 1-1
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Westminster School
Westminster School Away View Recap Win 6-1
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Avon Old Farms School
Loomis Chaffee School Away Details
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Deerfield Academy
Home Details
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Phillips Academy Andover
Phillips Academy Andover Away Details
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Gunnery
Home Details
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Suffield Academy
Home Details
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Berkshire School
Berkshire School Away Details
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Trinity-Pawling School
Trinity-Pawling School Away Details
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Canterbury School
Home Details
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Williston Northampton School
Home Details
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Cheshire Academy
Home Details
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Salisbury School
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Kent School
Kent School Away Details
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Choate Rosemary Hall Away Details
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Loomis Chaffee School
Loomis Chaffee School Away Details
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Hotchkiss School
Home Details

Roster

Roster

# Name Position Class Hometown
0 Christopher Murphy GK 2021 Southbury, CT
1 Shayan Karimi GK 2019 Beaconsfield, QC
2 Micah Umeh B 2019 Bronx, NY
3 Marvin Sibanda M 2019 Victoria Falls
4 Nick Kenerson B 2021 Watertown, CT
5 Zayn Daniels B 2019 London
6 Kharym Florvil M 2019 Lake Worth, FL
7 Daniel Yen F 2019 Hong Kong
8 Aaron Skeene M 2019 Trincity
9 Kelvin Baffour M 2022
10 Sammed Bawa F 2020 Old Akrade - Eastern
11 Nur Adhikarie M 2021 Cape Town
12 James Donaldson M 2020
14 Jordan Miller B/F 2020 Rochester, NY
15 Peter Denious M 2020 Wilton, CT
16 Cole Torino B/F 2020 Dobbs Ferry, NY
17 Jayce Fraser B/F 2021 Sandys
19 Diky Izmirlian B 2020 Nassau
20 Charlie Werner B 2019 Boca Raton, FL
22 Ethan Hindle B 2020 Ashburnham, MA
24 Benas Babenskas B 2021 Klaipeda
25 Rex Riefler M 2019 Vero Beach, FL
28 Taj Salawu B 2019 London
30 Brooks Reed GK 2021 Santa Barbara, CA
Alex Gunton 2020 Park City, UT
Lizzy Carlson Manager 2020 Bedford, NY
Quincy Morgan Manager 2019 New York, NY
Jack O'Donnell Manager 2019 Watertown, CT

Coaches

Coaches

About Head Coach Ozzie Parente

Ozzie Parente took over as the head coach in 2013 and has led Taft's varsity soccer team to five straight winning seasons. During those four years, Taft has compiled a record of 61-18-10, and in 2015, 2016, and 2017 the team earned berths in the Class A New England Tournament. In 2016, Ozzie led the team to a Founders League Championship and was named the 2016 Connecticut Large Prep School Coach of the Year. Ozzie currently holds a U.S. Soccer "E" Coaching License. Ozzie came to Taft in the fall of 2009 after graduating from Wesleyan University with a Bachelor’s Degree in molecular biology and biochemistry and later earned a Master's Degree in science education from Columbia University. While at Wesleyan, Ozzie was a four-year letter winner for varsity soccer and the team captain his senior year. During his freshman year, Wesleyan men’s soccer won the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship, and in both his freshman and sophomore seasons, the team earned bids to the Division III NCAA tournament. Ozzie earned Second Team Academic All-American and Academic All-NESCAC honors in both his junior and senior years. Ozzie played high school soccer at Hopkins School, where he was a four-year letter winner and the team captain his senior year. He was also named to the All-State Team for Connecticut during both his junior and senior years at Hopkins. He played club soccer with South Central Premier and with the Olympic Development Program (ODP) for the state of Connecticut. In addition to coaching soccer at Taft, Ozzie is the Dean of the Upper Middle Class and teaches chemistry. He has also coached basketball, softball, and track and field at Taft. Ozzie does dormitory duty in the ISP dormitory, and lives on campus with his wife, Lisa.

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Record

Record

Year Record Year Record
2010-11 9-6-2 2011-12 12-3-1
2012-13 7-5-3 2013-14 9-3-4
2014-15 8-6-3 2015-16 11-4-3
2016-17 17-2

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