The Princeton Day School Boys Varsity Soccer game celebrated its Senior Day on Friday, October 9, before what turned out to be a thriller against Hun School. With a senior-laden squad and the support of family and friends scattered at socially distanced locations around Baker Field, the team came into the day ready to create a lasting memory. And they certainly delivered! After a pregame ceremony celebrating each senior, the Panthers prevailed 2-1 in overtime, with both goals coming from leaders Will Sedgley '21 and Aidan McChesney '21.
Here are highlights from Head Coach Ollie Hilliker's remarks about each senior during the pregame ceremony:
Hector Capeilleres: In his first year with the varsity this year, Hector brings an unmatched level of commitment and determination every day; his favorite memories revolve around team building and chemistry.
Chima Chukumba: Three-year member of the varsity team, Chima is a natural forward who loves to run at defenders and create goals for himself or teammates; he broke the JV scoring record as a freshman as part of an undefeated season.
Bruno Cucchi: A Team Captain and vocal leader on and off the field who works to motivate and inspire his teammates every day, Bruno always puts his team first and has been a vital member of the program as the starting goalkeeper; his favorite memory involves team-building exercises during the pre-season.
Jacques Hughes: Four-year member of the varsity team, Jacques is a force to be reckoned with on the team's defensive line, a great memory he savors is scoring a goal in the first varsity game of the year as a freshman.
Trevor Kunkle: In his second year as a varsity member, Trevor is a significant member of the team on the field and an irreplaceable character off of it; he made his first start as goalkeeper last year in a matchup against rival Pennington School.
Aidan McChesney: Team Captain, Aidan is a solid defender who helps the team from the back and who also has a knack for finding the goal; he is a great role model for the underclassmen.
Alex Liu Nowakoski: A Team Captain who leads by example on and off the field, Alex is a vital member of the program; his most memorable moment was getting his first assist and scoring a goal against Blair Academy during his sophomore year.
Mark Santamaria: A first-year varsity member, Mark made an immediate impression on the team this year; he scored an amazing goal vs. Gill St. Bernard's School last Monday.
Will Sedgley: A three-year starter and four-year varsity team member, Will's game understanding and unmatched competitiveness will be missed upon graduation; his most memorable moment was beating Hun School this year.
Fabio Yales: In his second year as a member of the varsity team, Fabio is a naturally gifted left-footed player; he has become a regular starter and team contributor.
View our Flickr album of photos from the recent Boys Varsity Soccer Senior Day ceremony.
Photo: Senior jersey display created for Senior Day