Last year, Scarsdale Soccer ended their season with a 1-0 loss in the state semifinals. Undeniably, the road back is a long one, but no matter how they finish 2011, Captain David Alemany and his teammates know overall success must come at an incremental pace.
"We're taking it one step at a time," he says. "First we'll try to win the league, get through the sectionals and then go from there."
At 6-4 so far and with only two returning starters, the captain isn't making any excuses, and wins this week against White Plains and Mamaroneck, make his case. "We can compete with any team in the league," he says.
On the attack at Forward, his right foot is behind finding the back of the net nine times in ten games, but there's no statistical measure for what gives him the most satisfaction. "I like being part of the attack and supporting my teammates," he says.
Of course, if they play ends in an assist he'll certainly let the statistics tally. Although he and the team are on the same page with its coaches when it comes to honing in on the difference between winning and losing. "It's not about talent, it's about playing together and how hard you work," he relays the sentiment of Coach Cipriano.
The lessons obviously extend beyond the field and he'll use soccer as a vehicle to apply them in real life. "I won't get a soccer scholarship but I'm using soccer to get into a good academic school, he concludes.