MIAA B champs have devoted their season to a fallen teammate
by Joe DiBlasi
After winning their first MIAA B Conferrnce soccer championship since 1999, the Friends School Quakers are poised to make a run at two in a row.
Head coach Phil Greatwich, now in his sixth year with the Quakers, led by senior Liam Cullen, one of the top keepers in the B Conference last fall.
In addition to Cullen, Greatwich said he will rely on senior center-midfielder Sean Sewell, and junior Christian Barnes to lead the team.
They will be joined by six or seven players up from the junior varsity, which also won the championship in their conference last season.
The team will also be motivated to perform on behalf of former teammate Stephen Bogusky, a 2018 Friends School graduate and a starter on last year’s title squad, who was killed in
a tragic automobile accident the week before practice.
“Stephen Bogusky was very likeable,” said Coach Greatwich. “Everyone flocked to him. We find ourselves in a very difficult situation.”
Bogusky was set to leave for Sewanee Univetsity in Tennessee on Sunday night, where he was recruited to play lacrosse.
“We won middle school soccer championships in the seventh and eighth grades,” said Cullen of Bogusky. “I’ve known Steven ever since he came to Friends. It’s hard to be on the field today without him. He was easy to talk to and always there when I needed a friend.
“I’m trying now to keep thinking of what he has done for us, for our team and for our school. His memory will live on with us. There’s a lot of hope in this; it will bring our team closer together. Stephen will always be in my heart.”
Twin brothers Paul and Jack Benzer, who graduated in 2018 with Bogusky attended Thursday’s practice.
“Everybody loved Stephen,” said Paul Benzer. “I met him in the 8th grade and always loved just seeing him.”
“Stephen always gave us a lift,” added Jack Benzer. “No matter what happened, he would always help us through the hard times. In the semifinals against Severn last season, he almost had a hat-trick. He carried us into the championship game. He was the most important player on our team in most of our games.”
Coach Greatwich said that the school will retire Bogusky’s No. 7, and that the season will be dedicated to him.
The entire Varsity Sports Network joins Friends School and the entire high school sports community in mourning Bogusky’s loss.
Pictured above: (from left) Jordan Barnes, Sean Sewell and Liam Cullen will take up the leadership mantle for Friends boys’ soccer team in 2018.