In his 26 successful years as the Pinkerton Academy varsity boys’ soccer coach, Kerry Boles has faced just about every kind of scenario a coach can face at the beginning of a season.
The fact that Boles’ Pinkerton contingents have posted 289 wins, lost just 135, and tied 25 contests while snaring five state titles during that lengthy span shows that the Londonderry High graduate usually gets the very best out of his athletes.
As he and his Astros step into their 2017 campaign this fall, Boles looks at a roster which features quite a bit of battle-tested talent along with a bunch of newcomers who are aiming to adopt roles within that fold while getting their first tastes of varsity soccer competition.
Key returnees from the 2016 Pinkerton squad which tallied the seventh seed in Division I last fall but had its hunt for a state title end with a humbling 5-0 quarterfinal loss to Timberlane are seniors Cole Perry (a midfielder), Joe Palmer (defender/ midfielder), Brian Castle (MF/forward), and Ashim Gurung (F/MF), and junior Jon Tremblay (defense).
Other returning letter-winners from that 2016 contingent are seniors Cory Jones (forward) and Stryker Coyle (defense) and juniors Alex Rust (MF/F), Conrad Demers (MF), Max Fairbank (goalie), and Mike Puchacz (defense).
The list of promising newcomers includes juniors Henry Andrews (MF), Rob Douglas (defense), Hunter Rathburn (D/MF), Terence Coyle (forward), and Alex Beaulieu (MF), and sophomore Trevor Demers (MF).
When asked what his team’s keys to 2017 success are and what opposing squads he sees as the front-runners in Division I, Boles responded, “First and foremost, we need to stay healthy. We have multiple new faces on the varsity roster who do not have varsity experience. The faster those kids can get acclimated to the speed of play at this level, the better we will be. This will be a work in progress, and we can only strive to get better each day if we expect to reach the Final Four, which has eluded us for a couple of years now. I expect that the usual suspects will be at the top of the division, including Hanover, Exeter, Bedford, Central, Concord, and Timberlane.”
Boles and his bunch got their new campaign officially under way this past Tuesday, August 29 – after Nutfield News press time – out on the road at Merrimack High School against the host Tomahawk soccer team.