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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Alvirne boys soccer team plays on without Raul Stedile

By TOM KING

HUDSON – Brett Richardson knew one thing he was going to do when he got home early Wednesday evening after the Alvirne High School boys soccer team he captains dropped a 2-1 season-opening decision at the hands of Manchester Central:

Email his former teammate and housemate, Raul Stedile, now in Brazil, with the bad news. ...

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HUDSON – Brett Richardson knew one thing he was going to do when he got home early Wednesday evening after the Alvirne High School boys soccer team he captains dropped a 2-1 season-opening decision at the hands of Manchester Central:

Email his former teammate and housemate, Raul Stedile, now in Brazil, with the bad news.

“Yeah, I’ll be in touch with him,” Richardson said. “He’s keeping up with us.”

Stedile would have been one of the best, if not the best, player on the field on Wednesday, but instead he is back home in Brazil, waiting to see if there will be a reversal of the denial of his application for an academic visa by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services. Stedile was at Alvirne last year on an exchange visitors program visa, and wanted to remain at the school.

The Alvirne players found out just prior to Labor Day weekend that they would be without him.

“We found out he left, and it kind of shocked us a little bit,” Richardson said. “But after that, we’ve got to keep playing without him. We can’t just say ‘He’s gone, we’re going to give up now.’”

Stedile likely would have made a difference on Wednesday, as Alvirne is a different team with his talents in the middle of the field, which Central seemed to control.

“Absolutely,” Alvirne coach Jeff Blackwell said. “We’re playing with short numbers, so a player at his level, with his abilities, makes a huge difference, especially since now we’re pulling other players, moving them around.”

For example, Richardson had to move to Stedile’s old spot, attacking center midfielder, while junior Miguel Llaguno-Rodriguez and senior Anthony Oliviera took turns shifting to Richardson’s forward spot.

“We would have had to find him all the time, and that takes a couple of our boys out of the play,” said Central coach Chris LaBerge, whose team lost to the Broncos 3-2 in last year’s Divison I semis thanks in part to Stedile’s play. “He’s one of those difference makers.”

Blackwell had to keep Stedile’s absence from being a big distraction.

“It happened quickly,” Blackwell said, “so it hasn’t been an issue that’s been dragging out. Right now, we’re not expecting to see him this season. We’ve adjusted.”

“It was hard,” Broncos senior goalie Jake Schofield said of Stedile’s departure.

“We’ve been pushing a while, Facebook, Twitter, tweeting at Congressmen and that sort of stuff, working it. It was hard to see him go. He’s a really good kid, we’re all really good friends with him.

The soccer part of it is one thing, but he’s a good kid. … I think most of us, we got it out of our mind.”

“We’re all thinking the same thing,” Richardson said. “We can’t give up, we have to make it work. … We came in and we worked our butts off.

“Everyone is kind of hoping he can come back, in the back of their heads, but at the moment we have to play as hard as we can to win that game.”