1981 Suffield High School Boys Soccer Team
​​ ​Inducted in 2008
Back Row: Coach Tom Ferreri,Kurt Knoefel,Dave Sisk,Mark Burton,Dave Merrill,Tim Geary,Steve Quaqliaroli,Brian McEwan,Tim Cannon,Jim Danise, Jeff Osowiecki,Rob Psholka,John Bertolini
Front Row: Bob Butler,Russ Fricke,Greg Stagg,David Sullivan,Danny Sullivan,David Simmons,John Gallant,Richard McCarty,Chris Mellilo,Mike Scully
The 1981 Suffield High Boys Soccer Team was one of only two undefeated State Champions in Suffield’s athletic history. This team finished their season with a 17-0-3 record. With only four starters, all on defense, returning from the 1980 team, expectations were not high as the 1981 season began. But the 1981 team had speed, toughness, and a strong defense, and above all, a strong tradition of soccer success.

The 1981 season began with two easy wins before the first game with archrival Windsor Locks, a perennial soccer power. This game ended in a three all tie, but it proved to the Suffield team that this could be more than a rebuilding year. The team quickly extended their record to 7-0-1. The offense was led by Dan Sullivan, John Gallant, David Merrill, Rick McCarty, Russ Fricke, Bob Butler, Greg Stagg, and David Sullivan. The outstanding defense was anchored by John Bertolini, Brian McEwan, Rob Psholka, Dave Simmons and goalies Steve Quagliaroli and Tim Geary.

A mid-season slip ending in two more ties got the Wildcats attention for an end of season push to the NCCC Championship. The team now entered the state tournament ranked number one. Playing in the program’s seventh consecutive state semi-finals, Suffield beat Windsor Locks to avenge the early season tie. In a defensive struggle in the finals against Valley Regional, David Sullivan stole an errant pass with nine minutes left and scored the winning goal.

Dan Sullivan and Bertolini were named to the All-State and JI All-Area teams, while Simmons also made the JI All-Area Team and all three were joined by McEwan on the NCCC All Conference Team.