Going for three in a row
Central welcomes challenge
From left are Keegan LaBerge, Head Coach Chris LaBerge, and Sam Binogono, during Central High School soccer practice at Livingston Park in Manchester on Thursday. (Thomas Roy/Union Leader)
Two-time defending state champion and the winner of three out of four Division I titles, Central will attempt to secure a third consecutive plaque. Only Exeter (from 2001 to 2003) has ever done that in the large-school ranks.
“We want to be prepared for the intensity of our season. Every team is going to give us their best,” LaBerge said. “If we’re on the road, they’re going to have their biggest crowd. It’s a lot more pressure, but it’s exciting.”
“We don’t want to approach it as a negative. It’s more exciting for us. Every game is almost a tournament game. It has that feel,” LaBerge said. “It’s a benefit for us because by the time that tournament rolls around, we’ve been tested throughout the year. I think it makes us stronger in the long run.”
All-State picks Sam Binogono and Keegan LaBerge (coach’s son) will return for their senior seasons looking to win their third state title.
Central opens the season a week from today against Merrimack at Southern New Hampshire University.