MINT HILL, NC – The Stallions from Queen’s Grant High School are in a rebuilding mode this season. The team is young and they will compete in a new conference.
Coach Mark Guercio is beginning his tenth season at the charter school and is looking forward to the upcoming season. The newly formed realignment placing the Stallions into the Metro 8 1A Conference will present some new challenges and opportunities.
The team who is expected to be the favorite to win the conference is Corvian Community School, who is returning a solid group of seniors and juniors. However, this is the level of play the Stallions are seeking to achieve so they can compete.
“The biggest challenge is the kids have bought into the program, the fact that this is a two-year process, and the hard work begins now,” said Coach Guercio. From a coaching perspective, Guercio is more interested in player and team development. “We want to be the best team we can be,” he added.
As a young group of players, the team’s top player is junior midfielder Anthony Armas, who is expected to take on the primary leadership role. Other players who are expected to make a major contribution are junior Connor Trakas, junior striker Gabe Massey, and junior Thaeden Guskiewicz. This is the “core four” of the team, and the other juniors – Liam Lorenzotti, Warren Lewsader, and goalkeepers Glenn Rogers – and sophomore Bryson Dills along with the other underclassman will need to step up and fill their expected roles as the team matures and develops.
The team is focused on hard work, improving individual skill sets, and developing teamwork. This takes practice, patience, and commitment. It appears this team is dedicated to achieving their goal.