Saints reached the MIAA B final last fall after a C Conference crown in 2016
by Joe DiBlasi
After moving from the MIAA C Conference to the B conference last season, Concordia Prep coach Adauto Neto marched the Saints all the way to the conference championship game.
Prep lost to Friends in the finals 4-1.
Neto said, “It was unfortunate to lose in the championship, but it’s part of the game.”
Neto, now in his fifth year at the helm, knows a lot about winning.
Like a few other MIAA coaches, Neto played professional soccer for the Baltimore Blast, where he won three MISL championships. He also won the 2016 C Conference crown with the Saints.
Prep, which proved a competitive in a scrimmage with No. 19 Calvert Hall last week, has 12 returning seniors on this year’s squad.
Neto said that the Saints will count on seniors Connor Wright, Carlos Ventura, and Andrew Schnaack, and Junior Taylor Calheira
“Connor is a great defender and Carlos, Taylor, and Andrew are tremendous assets, offensively and defensively,” said Adauto.
Adauto has some good players up from the JV, as he continues to build the program at Concordia.
“Our goal, as with all the coaches in the league, is to win the championship. We were just one game away last season, and we are working hard to get there again.”
Pictured above: (from left) Concordia Prep stars Connor Wright, Carlos Ventura, Taylor Calheira, and Andrew Schnaack.