BRATTLEBORO -- Dal Nesbitt’s senior year at Twin Valley High School is going so well, the only thing he’s really worried about is waking up.
The center midfielder leads the school’s boys soccer team with 11 goals and 11 assists. And oh by the way, the Wildcats weren’t defeated or even scored upon in all of September.
"He can hit the ball as hard as anyone I’ve ever coached," said Buddy Hayford. "He’s a finisher."
Nesbitt, who also plays basketball and baseball at the varsity level, was named the Brattleboro Reformer Athlete of the Month for what he’s done on the pitch this fall.
"Dal is pretty unselfish. He’s willing to pass, as you can tell by his team-high 11 assists. I had to get on his case, because that’s all well and good but when you have the shot that he has, he needs to score," added the Twin Valley coach.
The Wildcats began the season by beating Green Mountain, Otter Valley, Windsor, Fair Haven (twice), Arlington and Springfield by a combined 37-0. Nesbitt had a hat trick versus the host Eagles in the first round of the 5th annual John Werner Tournament and then scored the game-winner in the championship game against the Cosmos on Sept. 27.
"He’s deceiving. His motor isn’t always running like Colin Lozito’s is. He’s the type of player that’s lurking in the shadows," stated Hayford, who noted that Dal and Colin work really well together in the middle.
And the athletic ability seems to be in the genes. Dal’s brother Cade and sister Savannah -- they are triplets -- are also very talented booters.
When asked what his leading scorer and assister is like as a person, Hayford responded, "Dal is very chill, he’s laid back, he’s just a great kid. He’s the type of kid that will do whatever you ask him to do. He doesn’t say a whole lot...he lets his actions speak for him."
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