The fall season tested the girls' soccer team tremendously, from COVID-19 protocols and shut-downs to a more competitive division. But at every turn, these athletes proved their determination and resiliency.
"All in all, it was a great start to life in our new division," said Head Varsity Coach Mike Williams. "While we didn't get to play a full season like past years, just being out on the field was an opportunity we cannot underestimate. We got to feel that moment of normalcy, and in a positive way, too, by beating good competition. We had a successful season in what can only be described as one that no one will ever forget!"
By moving up to a higher division, the team played against stronger opponents, ending with a 6-5 overall record and 6-4 for the division. "Finishing up in the top three our first year is a fantastic start and shows we will be a contender for the division every year now," he said.
Playing in the pandemic created new challenges, such as adjusting to individual training and social distancing, quarantining for certain players, and total shutdowns. "Thankfully, we had fantastic senior leaders who helped steer our ship flawlessly through all these new obstacles," said Coach Williams. "The extra work they put in to help our players every step of the way was amazing."
As for breakout players, Coach Williams praised the following athletes: "Kellyn Bucceri '22 took her opportunity in goal and had some stellar performances in our close games. Dana Lotito '24 burst onto the scene as a freshman, finishing as our top goal scorer. Jadyn Mapura '23 cemented herself in the midfield to become a huge creative source. Lauren Rossiter '23 changed positions and solidified her spot in the backline with her aggression and speed."
Heavy-hitting returning players proved their worth on the field as well. "Delaney Yates '23 created the most chances for the team and was the top assist maker because of her efforts," said Coach Williams. "Lea Gnoy '22 was a driving force at the back and became the focal point for us to play out from the back. Both were recognized with post-season honors in the Conference first team. Grace Crimi '23, Caroline Solondz '21 and Dana Lotito '24 also made second team."
Congrats to all on a great season!