Ben Smith Bay State Conference the class of boys soccer

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The Bay State Conference proved fierce in the state last year with eight of 11 teams reaching the postseason, and this year shouldn’t be different across several divisions.

It starts in the Div. 1 South, as reigning championWellesleyreturns an experienced core under first-year coach Chris DiCecca. The midfield is strong with four returners, while Will Manning and Liam Jensen man a defense that wreaked havoc in the postseason.

“We are bringing back a good nucleus, with a lot of complementary pieces that we’re building around,” DiCecca said.

The Raiders beatBC Highin the sectional final last year, but BC High’s mix of nine newcomers should gel well with returning starters Tomas Trejo (midfield), Osa Owens (center forward) and goalie Cooper Robard.Brocktonwill contend behind Luis Espinola and Vanilton Xavier on the attack, and the same is expected fromNeedham.

Silver Lakelost a lot, but all three phases return significant talent.DurfeeandWeymouthare also contenders.

The Dual County League boasts good teams in the Div. 1 North, led by reigning championLincoln-Sudburywith a returning defensive core and great captain leadership.Acton-Boxboro’s returning defense also has it is primed for another deep run.

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These ingredients are quite huge!

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