5 questions with Jory Gemignani
Bear River’s Jory Gemignani, one of the Bruin soccer team’s captains, is in the thick of his senior season of competition in Pioneer Valley League play.
Gemignani, who is surrounded by underclassmen in the starting lineup on a young Bruin squad with only four fellow seniors on the roster, took five questions from Sports Editor Brian Hamilton following Tuesday night’s 2-0 loss to rival Colfax.
Q. How long have you been playing soccer now?
A. “I started playing when I was 5 years old, so that’s 13 years now. I started to get good when I started playing Metro (travel soccer) at age 10. Then I played Metro until my freshman year and then I started playing in high school.”
Q. What do think was the difference in tonight’s loss to Colfax?
A. “The difference was they had good dribblers in the center, and that’s how they scored their first goal. The second was a lucky shot and goal off a deflection. We had at least five or more opportunities to get a goal. So, really, we could have won that game.”
Q. You’re also a member of the Bruin wrestling team. Which do you prefer more, soccer or wrestling?
A. “I like soccer a lot, but I might be better at wrestling, just because I’m a senior now and some of the other guys (top opponents in the 119-pound weight class) are gone after graduating.”
Q. You’re one of five seniors on this team. What’s it been like working with the younger guys in the lineup after having 10 seniors to work with last year?
A. “We have three sophomores and a freshman out there. They’re all really good. We’re just not as tall, because we haven’t grown up yet. It’s really tough for us to get a lot of head balls and things like that, I guess.”
Q. What would make your senior soccer season a successful one?
A. “Through the rest of the year, I’d like to win at least three more games. There’s Lincoln, and I think we can beat Center and I think we can beat Colfax, too. So there’s three wins right there for the rest of the season.”
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