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Mucha’s a Mainstay for Morgan Boys’ Soccer

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After making the varsity team as a freshman, Tyler Mucha had a solid sophomore season while playing both defense and the midfield for the Morgan boys’ soccer squad last fall. Photo courtesy of Tyler Mucha

After making the varsity team as a freshman, Tyler Mucha had a solid sophomore season while playing both defense and the midfield for the Morgan boys’ soccer squad last fall. (Photo courtesy of Tyler Mucha )

It didn’t take long for Tyler Mucha to impress Morgan boys’ soccer Head Coach Ross Demay. In his first year with the Huskies, Tyler was the only freshman on the squad to earn a varsity letter.

Tyler recently completed a sophomore season that saw him play both center back and midfield for Morgan. Tyler earned All-Shoreline Conference Honorable Mention and was also elected as one of the club’s captains for the 2020 campaign.

The Huskies put together a record of 16-3-3 on their way to earning a share of the Shoreline Conference title and advancing to the Class M state semifinals last fall. Tyler enjoyed being part of another prosperous season.

“I remember a game against Valley Regional where we fell behind 3-0. We couldn’t seem to find ourselves offensively in the first half,” says Tyler. “Once we got it together, we went on to win 6-3. It turned our season around.”

Morgan went 14-straight games without taking a loss following its win versus Valley, including a 2-2 tie with Old Saybrook in the Shoreline Conference final. A talented and versatile player, Tyler proved one of the mainstays in the Huskies’ success.

“Tyler is the type of kid who can play pretty much anywhere on the field,” Coach Demay says. “We needed him to shore up the middle this past year. He’s one of those players who can read the other teams well. He could slow it down, move the ball around well, and organize our game.”

Soccer has been a big part of Tyler’s life for quite some time. Tyler started playing youth soccer in Clinton when he was in 3rd grade and quickly fell in love with the sport.

“I did play Little League baseball and enjoyed it, but soccer had always been the sport that I liked the most,” Tyler says. “It’s filled with action and decision making. You’re always on the go.”

Tyler is happy that soccer continues to get bigger in Clinton with each passing year. In addition to the Huskies’ success at the high school, there are plenty of youngsters hitting the pitch at various levels in town.

“We now have more traveling teams. More kids are playing,” says Tyler. “And our high school team has produced winning teams with Coach Demay. That means more already experienced players are coming here, and they want to play.”

Tyler started off his sophomore year playing defense and was then moved to the midfield during the season. With the Huskies graduating their entire backline from the 2019 team, Tyler will be shifting back to defense as a junior.

“It’s fine with me. I love seeing the field, and you see it well from the back,” Tyler says. “It’s really a two-way position. You need to work the ball and get it through to either the middies or send it long to the attackers. On the defensive side, you’ve got to get everyone to hold the line, to mark up well, and to not leave too much open space. Then you have to worry about long balls over the top to the other team’s attackers. You have to learn when to either come up or to go back.”

Tyler continues to sharpen his soccer skills during the offseason. He’s currently playing indoor soccer and will suit up for his Premier team, Southeast Soccer Club, come springtime.

“We’re indoors now, and then we’ll be outdoors soon,” says Tyler. “It’s always about working hard and learning new things about soccer.”


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