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Athlete of the Week for the week November 11, 2016
Will Russell, Sandwich High School
Sandwich High junior Will Russell put on a show Tuesday night at Nauset High School. The keeper on the boys’ varsity soccer team, Russell stopped 16 shots by the top-seeded Warriors, one of the best teams in the state. Russell blocked shots in the air, on the ground, diving, punching, slapping balls away. The Warriors, who have scored 103 goals this season, put forth their best, but the SHS keeper knocked most of them away. “He has kept us in important games,” coach Alfredo Alvarenga said. “ He has been consistent throughout the season. He makes tremendous saves; he’s a great goalkeeper. The boys are really confident with him.” He has played soccer for most of his life and plays year round with the Crusaders-Stingrays United.
Will Russell, Starting Goalkeeper for the Sandwich Blue Knights and has an outstanding record both between the sticks for Sandwich High School as well as various club and league teams on and off Cape Cod Massachusetts.
Will has been playing Club teams for over ten years. Will is currently the starting keeper for the Liverpool International Academy. Russell has been the starting goal keeper for top clubs like:
2016 - 2017 Liverpool FC Academy NEP League, NPL, Plymouth, MA U17 (Current)
2015 - 2016 CSU (Crusaders United) , Plymouth MA, NEP League, NPL. U16
2014 - 2015 Galway Rovers, Maple League, Div. 1 U15
2013 - 2014 Cape Cod Reunited, Maple League, Div. 1 U14
2012 - 2013 Cape Cod Reunited, Maple League, U13
2011 - 2012 Cape Cod Reunited, Maple League U12
2010 - 2011 Cape Cod Reunited, Maple League U11
2009 - 2010 CSU (Crusaders United) , Maple League U10
2008 - 2009 CSU (Crusaders United) Academy U10
Starting his soccer career at age 5, Will has moved from an aggressive player on the field to a leading goalkeeper throughout the league.
LA College Showcase U17 Boys Division Champions January 2017.
2017 - Boys Soccer Varsity Game Schedule
# Day Date Time Location Opponent Score
1 TUE 9/5/17 5:30 p.m. Away Barnstable 1-0 W
2 THU 9/7/17 4:00 p.m. Away Dartmouth
3 TUE 9/12/17 4:00 p.m. Home Barnstable
4 THU 9/14/17 4:00 p.m. Home Bishop Stang
5 MON 9/18/17 7:00 p.m. Home Dartmouth
6 WED 9/20/17 6:30 p.m. Home Marshfield
7 FRI 9/22/17 4:00 p.m. Away Falmouth
8 WED 9/27/17 4:00 p.m. Home D-Y
9 FRI 9/29/17 4:00 p.m. Away E. Bridgewater
10 WED 10/4/17 4:00 p.m. Away Nauset
11 FRI 10/6/17 4:00 p.m. Away Marshfield
12 TUE 10/10/17 4:00 p.m. Home Falmouth
13 FRI 10/13/17 4:00 p.m. Away D-Y
14 WED 10/18/17 3:00 p.m. Away MV
15 FRI 10/20/17 4:30 p.m. Home Nauset
16 THU 10/26/17 3:30 p.m. Home MV
17 SAT 10/28/17 7:00 p.m. Away Bishop Stang
18 MON 10/30/17 4:00 p.m. Home Hingham
2017 - Dramatic Opener: Sandwich opening win over Barnstable
HYANNIS - Alfredo Alvarenga knows the challenges of taking over a boys soccer program. His Sandwich Blue Knights went just 6-11-1 in his inaugural year in 2015, but a year later he led the team to an 11-5-1 record and first-round playoff victory over Westwood.
Barnstable showed enough speed and skill in its first game to suggest a turnaround season may be possible, but Sandwich still came away with the win.
Senior co-captain Robbie Anderson converted a penalty kick midway through the second half, and the Blue Knights’ defense held off the Red Raiders for a 1-0 season-opening win Tuesday at W. Leo Shields Field
“It was a little tighter than we wanted, but when you play long-ball teams, it’s hard to defend,” Alvarenga said. “We just need to keep our shape together better, get support from the midfielders to the outside players that are running the wings.”
Barnstable (0-1) opened the game on the attack, with juniors Charlie Clark and Daniel Kenlyn consistently feeding speedy senior forward Devondre Armstrong. The Red Raiders earned three corners in rapid succession early but couldn’t find the back of the net. Sandwich goalie William Russell, another senior co-captain, came out to deny Armstrong in the box on another scoring chance.
That’d be all for the Blue Knights (1-0), though junior Steve Tanguilig nearly added an insurance tally when his breakaway shot sailed over the crossbar. The Red Raiders tried to respond, earning a couple more corners but never quite recreating the sustained offensive pushes they displayed in the first half.
“We were kind of like a junior varsity team in some respects last year,” Thomas said. “I think we played well (tonight). I think we had the ball in their end a lot. I think we defended well in the midfield".
Cape Cod Times
2017 Post Season Victory: Anderson's goal sends Blue Knights to 2-1 victory
By Bill Porterbporter@capecodonline.com
EAST SANDWICH -- Wind, rain and cold
wreaked havoc, but patience,
Solid goaltending and timely sharpshooting paid off for the Sandwich High boys soccer team in the first round of the Division 2 South Sectional on Sunday.
“The off-and-on rain really messed with things, and our first touches were a little off,” said Sandwich junior midfielder Robbie Anderson, who scored the winning goal with 6:57 left in the first overtime to beat Westwood 2-1.
Sandwich junior goalie Will Russell made several key saves including a few on a trio of Westwood corner kicks one after another midway through the first half to keep the Wolverines from adding to a 1-0 lead.
“Will Russell came up big for us,” Anderson said.
Senior forward Dylan DeBettencourt scored seven minutes into the second half to tie it 1-1, collecting a pass from Anderson that had deflected off a Westwood player and firing the ball in from 18 yards out.
Senior forward Conor Walsh scored his sixth goal of the season with a feed from senior midfielder Billy Wallace. But that was all that the Sandwich defense and Russell would allow the Wolvervines.
“They’re a good team,” Walsh said. “That was a tough break for us at the end, but a good break for them.”
“This team was unknown to us,” Alvarenga said. “We had to discover in the first 10 minutes what they had.”
The Blue Knights managed to apply pressure even when they faced a nasty wind and driving rain at times, elements that the Wolverines also faced and at times were able to overcome.
Alvarenga made an adjustment in the second half to work the ball wide from the battles at midfield and utilize his team’s speed. While the Blue Knights worked to keep the pressure on, Russell stood in harm’s way.
“He was the key to keeping us in the game,” Alvarenga said.
Russell, who became the starter with three games left last season, takes good care of the ball, and his coach said he didn’t allow a single rebound against Westwood.
“He’s very good in the box, and his footwork is great,” Alvarenga said.
Russell also is one of the team’s best at penalty kicks. This skill, along with his experience in goal, makes him a go-to guy for teammates looking for tips on penalty kick.
The Blue Knights next faces unbeaten Nauset, the top-ranked team in New England, which defeated Canton 5-0 Sunday and which shut out Sandwich twice this season.
“If we can score the first goal, that could change things,” DeBettencourt said.
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Varsity Keeper - Sandwich Blue Knights - 2017