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Hampton boys soccer team ready to begin road back to playoffs

| Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, 9:00 p.m.
Louis Raggiunti | Hampton Journal
Hampton's Karl Palmer is one of the players the Talbots will lean on as the team looks to get back to the payoffs this season.

Uncharted territory is where the Hampton boys varsity soccer team ended up at the end of the regular season in 2012 … not in the playoffs.

The perennial powerhouse was forced to sit at home in the playoffs for the first time in a long time, and although the team only missed out by one game, the team took no solace in being close.

That miss is the fule for this season.

“We have quite a few players back and that missing the playoffs was a wake up call,” said Chuck Kelley, Hampton head coach. “We have depth at different positions, we have some new faces at different positions and we will have to work hard for 80 minutes.”

The talent begins with the return of Steve Margaria, a solid player who missed the season last year with an injury.

“He will be a big factor,” Kelley said.

“Senior David Schellin is a starting defender who brings a good bit of leadership and Kelley calls him the backbone of the defense.

Schellin will be joined Karl Palmer in the backfield. Palmer can play different positions which will help the team out.

Goalie Matt Williams is a second-year starter and another important player for the Talbots.

Much of the rest of the team is made up of juniors, in what will be a junior-heavy team.

Last year, a lot of younger players stepped up and will be back with more experience and more motivation that never before.

“We have a lot of balance and versatility,” Kelly said. “It won't be one guy winning us games. Everyone will play a big role this season.”

Kelley said that in a section with North Allegheny, Pine-Richland and Seneca Valley among others, there are no easy games and there won't be any blowouts.

Jerry Clark is a sports editor for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at 724-779-6979 or jeclark@tribweb.com.

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