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Boys' Soccer - Varsity

Record: 16-2-1

Overview

Overview

2018 New England Semifinalists
2018 WNEPSSA Class A Runner-Up

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 and each year from 2015 through 2018. In each of the last three seasons (2016 - 2018) Taft reached the semi-finals of this tournament and has been ranked as a top five prep school team in the country. 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, Bucknell University, Colgate University, Cornell University, Connecticut College, Hamilton College, The College of the Holy Cross, Lehigh University, Northeastern University, 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
Home View Recap Win 5-1
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Westminster School
Home View Recap Win 2-0
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Avon Old Farms School
Loomis Chaffee School Away View Recap Win 3-0
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Deerfield Academy
Deerfield Academy Away View Recap Win 1-0
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Phillips Academy Andover
Home View Recap Win 2-0
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The Gunnery
The Gunnery Away View Recap Win 11-0
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Suffield Academy
Suffield Academy Away View Recap Win 2-1
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Berkshire School
Home View Recap Loss 3-2
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Trinity-Pawling School
Home View Recap Win 3-0
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Canterbury School
Canterbury School Away View Recap Win 5-0
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Williston Northampton School
Williston Northampton School Away View Recap Win 1-0
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Salisbury School
Salisbury School Away View Recap Win 10-1
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Kent School
Home View Recap Win 3-0
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Choate Rosemary Hall
Home View Recap Win 5-2
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Loomis Chaffee School
Home View Recap Win 1-0
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Cheshire Academy
Cheshire Academy Away View Recap Tie 2-2
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Hotchkiss School
Hotchkiss School Away View Recap Win 3-1
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Berkshire School
Home View Recap Win 1-0
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Worcester Academy
Worcester Academy Away View Recap Loss 2-1

Roster

Roster

No players were found for this team

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 six straight winning seasons. During those four years, Taft has compiled a record of 75-21-12, and in each season from 2015 through 2018 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 2017-18 16-3
2018-19 14-3-2

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