Valley Stream leaning on experience
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At the other end of the field, the team boasts an interesting mix of attackers. Junior Malik Talbert, who scored five goals in the season-opening 9-1 win over Glen Cove, is a returning starter. Senior Victor Huezo moved from midfield to the front line, and freshman Rory Carey is new to varsity altogether. Talbert, said Achatz, knows how to operate in tight spaces and is a strong finisher. “Malik knows how to get open and is an accurate shooter,” he said. Huezo’s leadership qualities was something the coach wanted to add to the attack, and Carey’s skill set will be an asset. Carey, described as the quarterback of the offense, scored twice in his varsity debut.
In the midfield, Achatz is looking for the team to develop some depth as the season unfolds. Junior Chris Roberts will play a major role on the offensive end and on faceoffs. He has good size (5-foot-10, 210 pounds) and strength, and a heavy shot. “We’re looking for him to score consistently,” Achatz said.
Junior Ryan Milano was called up from JV midway through last season and performed well. He’s fast on his feet and strong with the ball in his stick, Achatz said, and understands what it takes to get the job done at both ends. Senior Chris Dinko is a strong defensive-minded middie with tremendous clearing ability.
Valley Stream plays four of its first five conference games away, starting April 10 at Freeport at 4:15 p.m.