It wasn\u2019t unusual for Ridgefield High boys soccer coach Phil Bergen to substitute three or more players at a time last season. That\u2019s what happens when your varsity roster has 34 players, including 19 seniors. Keeping track of the Tigers\u2019 substitutions won\u2019t require a panoramic view this fall. \u201cFor the first time in a while we have a small varsity roster (19 players),\u201d said Bergen. \u201cThere will be movement between the three (program levels), so we can call up players from either the JV or freshman teams. \u201cWe had too many players on varsity last year and it wasn\u2019t productive,\u201d said Bergen. \u201cOur practices looked more like a clinic because there were so many players out there.\u201d Gone via graduation are 10 of Ridgefield\u2019s 11 starters from last season\u2019s team, which finished with a 14-5-1 record. The most significant departure was that of striker JT Siano, who scored a team-high 21 goals and earned All-FCIAC, All-State, All-New England, and All-American honors. The lone starter returning is junior goalie Ray Dearth, who is backed by seniors Robert Buthorn and Ryan Sheafe. The defense includes senior left back Alex Holder, senior right back Ben Riek, and senior centerbacks Andrew Masciotti and Nicholas Gasparo. Fellow seniors Miles Tullo and Connor Broderick are also vying for playing time. Leading the midfield are seniors Charles Poremba, Andrew Conte, Owen Cherner, Nick Yulo, and Ian Ferguson, along with junior Tim Vanni. Senior Ruben Mendoza and junior Ben Ragland (a transfer student from Minnesota) are expected to start at forward in Ridgefield\u2019s 4-4-2 formation. \u201cBen Ragland scored our goal during a 1-1 (preseason) tie against Newtown,\u201d said Bergen. \u201cRuben Mendoza has a great left foot and could help us replace some of the goals that JT Siano scored last year.\u201d Seniors Tristan Brandt and Cole Blackwell will also get playing time up front for the Tigers. \u201cI think we might have more balanced scoring this season,\u201d said Bergen. \u201cWe relied on JT (Siano) for most of the goals last year, so it would be good to have more people contribute to the scoring.\u201d Notes: Poremba and Conte are Ridgefield\u2019s captains this fall. Lost for the season due to injuries are senior midfielder Jack Shickell and sophomore midfielder Will Baker. \u201cThose two would have helped a lot,\u201d said Bergen. \u201cWe are going to miss them.\u201d In addition to Siano, Ridgefield\u2019s graduation losses also included central defender Ben Sasse, an All-FCIAC first-team selection last year. After winning the FCIAC regular-season title, Ridgefield lost to Danbury in the conference quarterfinals and to Norwalk in the Class LL state quarterfinals last fall. The Tigers open the season on Saturday (Sept. 8) at home against Trinity Catholic. Kickoff is scheduled for 4 p.m.