Hometown Weekly Sports Reporter
Under the scorching heat of the Medfield turf pellets, the cleats of the Walpole boys' soccer team were heating up as they prepared to charge across the field towards their offensive end. It marked the inaugural scrimmage of the year, a time of new transitions and the assembling of a new team, which is a puzzle piece of every season.
The boys engaged in a fierce competition against the Medfield Warriors, often spending significant time in their offensive zone, challenging Medfield's defense and goalkeeper.
As the game progressed, it became evident that the Timberwolves were growing more comfortable in their roles on the field, seamlessly connecting passes and gaining possession. This demonstrated the resilience and determination that would set the tone for the season.
Leading the Walpole boys' soccer program for over 40 seasons, Head Coach Lee Delaney began coaching the team when he was just 22 years old. His enduring commitment to coaching stems from witnessing the growth and dedication these players exhibit towards the sport. He relishes the process of assembling the puzzle pieces each season to create an exceptional team.
"It's enjoyable every year; it's like putting a puzzle together. Every year brings a different group, and we work hard every day to piece it all together. Our goal is to play our best soccer at the start, middle, and end of the season," said Delaney.
Reflecting on this year's team and their scrimmage, Delaney has high expectations for their performance this season. While the scrimmage served as an opportunity to shake off the off-season rust and nerves, it also highlighted the process of getting acquainted with new teammates.
"We have essentially a whole new crew this year, with fourteen graduates and eight returning players. It's a process of getting to know each other and understanding how each teammate plays. Progress is gradual, but we are on the right track," said Delaney.
To kick off the season, the Timberwolves will be heading to Weymouth High for their first league competition on Thursday, September 7th, at 6 p.m. If you can't make it in person, be sure to check out the team's schedule and support the boys at their upcoming matches. You can find their game schedule at https://www.arbiterlive.com/Teams/Schedule/5645719.