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BOYS SOCCER NOTEPAD: Spinelli wants Eagles to go all-out all game
During the fall, Colonial Forge boys soccer coach Adam Spinelli serves as an assistant at the University of Mary Washington.
But Spinelli has the same expectations about how soccer should be played, whether it’s at the college or high school level.
Spinelli is in his first year at Colonial Forge, but he’s had three years of experience at UMW. He also spent five years as an assistant coach at Division II Montana State–Billings.
“My goal is basically to teach the game the way I believe it should be played,” Spinelli said. “I’m not going to lower my expectations between groups. The expectation is we’re going to play a certain way and we’re going to behave a certain way.
“We’re going to put a certain product out on the field. It doesn’t matter what level you coach at you’re trying to get the kids to buy into those ideals.”
Spinelli hasn’t had trouble getting the Eagles to buy in this season. They’re off to a 4–4 start, but the ability to finish contests in a strong manner has been a glaring deficiency.
Spinelli, a 2002 Brooke Point graduate, said he has been a bit surprised by that weakness considering the good mix of sophomores, juniors and seniors on the roster. The Eagles have been ahead at halftime of all but one match this season.
“I can’t really say I envisioned it,” Spinelli said of the late-match struggles. “It’s a talented group here. It’s just the way the games have worked out. It seems like mentally we get switched off and can’t close games out. From that standpoint it’s disappointing.”
The Eagles defeated Mountain View 1–0 on Wednesday to reach .500. They’ll try to surpass the break-even mark on Tuesday when they take on Brooke Point.
—Taft Coghill Jr.