St. Paul boys soccer off to terrific start

When he was head coach at the now-closed Chase Collegiate School in Waterbury, Joe Campos had his Highlander boys soccer team challenging for Housatonic Valley Athletic League and New England Prep School Athletic Conference championships.

After a stint with the boys soccer team at the also closed Sacred Heart High School, Campos took over St. Paul boys soccer in 2021. The Falcons have improved each year, and they’re off to a terrific start in 2023.

St. Paul beat Wilby, 6-1, at home on Wednesday and improved to 6-0-1 on the season. The only “blemish” on the ledger, and it’s really not a blemish, is a 2-2 tie against Holy Cross in the third match of the season on Sept. 22.

St. Paul is led by junior striker James Naples, who was All-State last season. Naples has paced a potent Falcon attack that has tallied 28 goals in seven matches. The defense is anchored in goal by senior Tyson Raymond and has allowed just four goals so far.

St. Paul hosts Seymour today at 6:30 p.m. at McPhee Field. The Falcons clash with Haddam-Killingworth (5-1-1) of the always potent Shoreline Conference next Monday, also at home at 6:30. After a road game at Kennedy on Tuesday, St. Paul hosts defending NVL champion Oxford (6-2) in a showdown on Oct. 12 at 6:30.