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Jon Gerardi on soccer: Montgomery boys building toward the future – Williamsport Sun-Gazette

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The last two years were more than a time of uncertainty in high school athletics. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had only been going on for a few months when the fall season began.

It impacted training for many teams across all sports. From indoor weight-lifting sessions to being close on the field.

Fast forward a year, and while things improved, the threat of COVID-19 forcing cancellations of games still lingered.

It made things tough for players, and more than frustrating. For Montgomery’s current seniors and juniors, it was perhaps even more tough given they were tasked with helping lay the foundation for a varsity program that hadn’t been around since 2015. That group of players were bearing a weight of getting the program up off the ground and running, and even with those uncertainties in the air and COVID-19 lingering, the current Red Raider seniors and juniors did just that and helped get the footing in place.

“This group of seniors especially, they’ve been at it since Day 1. They realize this program is going to be kind of their legacy regardless of if they’re successful or not,” Montgomery coach Mike Sherman said. “They’re the ones responsible for building soccer at Montgomery.”

The record may not be flashy these past two years, but make no mistake about it: the Red Raiders are putting in work.

Montgomery went winless its first season in 2020 before seeing a three-win improvement last year. It’s small steps the Red Raiders are taking to getting to a bigger goal.

“Our current senior class’s record in two years is three wins, 30 losses. That is not a record where you’d think you’d be building a winning program, but we actually have more kids out for the team this year than any other season,” Sherman said. “So I think that speaks volumes. Our roster size is approaching 30, that many kids in a small school for a sport? It’s definitely something kids want to be a part of. We’re pretty excited. Kids are putting in the work and we’re anxious to get on the field.”

Montgomery’s already on the right path to improving as the Red Raiders opened the 2022 season with a 2-0 shutout over Shamokin to start 1-0. It takes small steps to build a winning program up, but Sherman and his team are doing what they can to get there. One small victory at a time.

“We’re optimistic. It’s going to take three times the amount of wins our program has to make the playoffs. When you look at it that way, it’ll be pretty impressive if they’re able to do it and at least go .500 and guarantee a playoff spot,” Sherman said.

The Red Raiders coach summed it up best right before the season started as to what he’s hoping Montgomery’s program becomes.

“We’re not shooting for a flash-in-the-pan, one-year deal,” Sherman said. “We want to build a program that’s competitive.”

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Source: https://www.sungazette.com/sports/local-sports/2022/09/jon-gerardi-on-soccer-montgomery-boys-building-toward-the-future/

The last two years were more than a time of uncertainty in high school athletics. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had only been going on for a few months when the fall season began.

It impacted training for many teams across all sports. From indoor weight-lifting sessions to being close on the field.

Fast forward a year, and while things improved, the threat of COVID-19 forcing cancellations of games still lingered.

It made things tough for players, and more than frustrating. For Montgomery’s current seniors and juniors, it was perhaps even more tough given they were tasked with helping lay the foundation for a varsity program that hadn’t been around since 2015. Th…….

The last two years were more than a time of uncertainty in high school athletics. In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic had only been going on for a few months when the fall season began.

It impacted training for many teams across all sports. From indoor weight-lifting sessions to being close on the field.

Fast forward a year, and while things improved, the threat of COVID-19 forcing cancellations of games still lingered.

It made things tough for players, and more than frustrating. For Montgomery’s current seniors and juniors, it was perhaps even more tough given they were tasked with helping lay the foundation for a varsity program that hadn’t been around since 2015. Th…….

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