Foran boys soccer blending youth with experience

Bassit Iddriss and Owen Bell provide Foran coach Rick DiStefano with a pair of experienced captains.

Bassit Iddriss and Owen Bell provide Foran coach Rick DiStefano with a pair of experienced captains.

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Foran coach Rick DiStefano hopes veteran talent along with promising underclassmen make for a successful season.

The Lions return seniors Basit Iddriss, Owen Bell and Brayden Young to lead a large class of juniors that all started over the course of the 2020 season.

“We are blessed that way,” DiStefano said. “Nico Agresti, Jack D’Avignon, Liam Young, Christian Boutote and Conlan Deschane, along with sophomore Gianni Troia are back.”

Iddriss and Bell are team captains.

“Bassit is going to have a monster year. He plays club with the ASL Academy (subset to Hartford Football Club). He is fastest kid on any field,” DiStefano said. “Owen is next in a long line of really good center backs (Justin Kouseff, Caleb Tondora, Ben Carlson).”

DiStefano credits youth and club teams for developing players.

“We have a good group of freshmen with Ty Haley, Luke Hackett, Riley Young, John Sudusky, Will Rydell and Vin Hine,” he said. “The difference, and it has gotten generationally better, is that there are so many more kids playing soccer at a high level from a young age. When they get to high school, they have developed skills. If you are good enough you are old enough.”

Foran won its division last year and lost 2-1 to West Haven in the SCC finals. It will play division rivals Law, Hamden, Wilbur Cross, Career-Hillhouse, Hand, Lyman Hall and Sheehan twice. Two games with Amistad fills out the schedule.

“If things break right, we could do very well this year,” DiStefano said. “We will hold a jamboree Friday with Law, Masuk, Wilton, Ridgefield, Old Saybrook, Northwestern and Montville.”

Amistad visits Kelley-Martiin-Tighe Memorial Field on Thursday, Sept. 9, at 3:45 p.m.

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