Soccer - Boys 1st Team

Schedule

Schedule

Team Opponent Date Time Location Advantage Details Result Score Status
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
St. George's School
St. George's School Away Details Win 2-0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Belmont Hill School
Brooks School Home View Recap Win 2 - 0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Lawrence Academy
Brooks School Home Details POSTPONED: Rescheduled for 10/26 at 4PM
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Lawrence Academy
Brooks School Home View Recap Win 1-0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Governor's Academy
Governor's Academy Away View Recap Win 2 - 0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
BB&N
BB&N Away View Recap Win 2 - 0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Noble and Greenough
Noble and Greenough Away View Recap Win 3 - 0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Milton Academy
Brooks School Home View Recap Tie 1-1
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
Tabor Academy
Brooks School Home View Recap Win 5-0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
NEPSAC Class B Tournament, Groton School
Brooks School Home View Recap Win 3-1
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
NESPAC Tournament, Suffield Academy
Brooks School Home View Recap Win 2-0
Soccer - Boys 1st Team vs.
NEPSAC Class B Tournament Finals, South Kent School
Northfield Mount Hermon Away View Recap Win 3-2

Overview

Soccer - Boys 1st Team

In 1948, Brooks School was one of eight founding members of the Gummere Cup League. The Gummere Cup is one of the oldest high school soccer trophies in the nation. The Independent School League now includes sixteen schools and the Cup is awarded each fall to its round robin champion. The ISL is generally regarded as one of the most competitive high school leagues in the East and matches are played every Wednesday and Saturday for eight weeks.

The first decade of the new century has represented the pinnacle of the storied history of soccer at Brooks. In the years 2002 – 2005 the First Team's regular season record was 54-6-5. A 2nd place finish (Founder’s Cup) in 2002 was followed by three Gummere Cup Championships. Brooks recorded the first and only perfect 15-0-0 league season in 2003 and capped it with its second Class A New England Prep School Championship. In all four seasons the First Team garnered Class A N.E. Tournament bids. Top of the table play and New England Tournament bids continued throughout the decade and in 2010 the side’s spectacular season ending 9-0-1 run left it one point shy of the Championship and garnered another Founder’s Cup. The 2010 and 2011 seasons were also capped by New England tournament appearances with the brilliant ’11 season ending in a heartbreaking Championship Final loss to South Kent. Brooks returned most of its top players for 2012 and was a favorite for strong Gummere (ISL) Cup and NE Tournament runs. The side outperformed even the high expectations with a 13-1-1 Cup Championship run and a narrow loss on penalties in the New England Semifinal.

Once again in 2016 the side had a fabulous season, nearly running the table in the ISL and capturing another Gummere Cup with three games left in the season. An exciting NE Tournament run with dramatic Quarter- and Semi- Final wins brought the Brooksians to another Championship Final showdown with South Kent that ended with a narrow, yet heroic, loss in the final minutes to what most considered the top team in the nation. The side finished 18-2-0 with fully fifteen of its 18 players returning for 2017. The program is very much back in the forefront of New England soccer. Throughout the last quarter century or more, Brooks has continued to produce sides that play attractive and stylish soccer, numerous championships, a host of players who have gone on to great success at Division I and III college programs, high school and college All-Americans, a few successful professionals, and a U.S. National team star.

Far more important than the superb results the First Team has achieved recently is the longstanding team culture and traditions that are nurtured and upheld. Each year the experience is best measured by the bonds that are formed and the closeness of the team. This process of “team building” is a primary focus from the start of pre-season training through the final days in November. Raising the level of “teamness” is every bit as important as raising the level of play. Though we have had a number of individuals who have gone on to great soccer heights, the team culture has always required that they aspire to be outstanding teammates. We have magnificent training and match facilities at Brooks. Each of the three teams in the program has their own pitch. Additionally, there are three back- to back- to back penalty areas as well as 40 X 60 yards of grids. All of the training equipment necessary for a rigorous daily program is available. The First Team plays on a superb 120 X 75 yard field with a tower for video, electronic scoreboard and covered team benches.

We believe that our training program is unparalleled in terms of player, team and personal development. Four days a week (in addition to the two match days) 90 to 120 minute training sessions are spirited, competitive and fun. Tactical, technical and fitness components are included daily. We prepare specific tactical plans for each upcoming opponent and evaluate each match thoroughly, with individual and team ratings. We aspire to produce fundamentally sound players and teams. We believe in strong collective defending and creative play in the front third. Most importantly, we design training so that players learn to solve problems on the pitch, individually and collectively. The manifold success of our players at the college level and beyond is the best advertisement for our program. We firmly believe that Brooks represents one of the best combinations of a superior academic program and an elite soccer experience for our students.

Coaches

  • Head Coach

    Dusty Richard came to Brooks in 1978. He is a member of the mathematics department and coaches the 1st boys soccer squad. Dusty, who has a B.S. from Union, lives on campus with his wife, Sharon.

  • Willie graduated from Brooks in 2002 and then went to Bowdoin College, where he majored in government and legal studies before graduating in 2006. While there, he captained the men’s soccer team his senior year and played a central role in the school’s perennial status as an elite Division III force. After college, Willie went to Kent School in Connecticut, where he was an assistant director of admissions, history teacher, dorm parent and three-sport coach. He came back to Brooks in 2007 and served as an assistant director of admission for several years before moving into the History Department to teach. His is currently the dean of students. He also coaches soccer and hockey, and lives in Chace House with his wife, Susanna Waters.