Green Wave girls' soccer
Published 6:15 pm, Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Coach: Bill Kersten, 3rd season.
Assistant: Wayne Thrall, varsity assistant and JV.
2008 record: 7-8-1, qualified for the South-West Conference playoffs and the state tournament.
Coach's outlook: After starting last season 7-3-1, we had a key injury to our one true scorer, Kendall Adkin. Although we tried many different players up top, and different formations to improve our ability to finish, we had very little success late in the year finding the back of the net. This year, two-time all-South-West Conference player Brittany Klein, Taylor Fitzpatrick and keeper Jane Thompson will anchor our defense. We have a number of sophomores and juniors who are vying for a spot in the midfield, an area we need to strengthen if we want to compete with the upper echelon teams like Newtown and Masuk. As always, qualifying for both the SWC playoffs and the state tournament will be one of our goals again this year. We have to replace eight starters, so many players who saw limited playing time last year will have to step in and fill those voids. Our goals early in the season will be to find players who can finish and do a better job of playing possession soccer. The key returning players are sweeper Brittany Klein, fullback Taylor Fitzpatrick, midfielder Ellie Lamb, stopper Jessica Fusco, midfielder Stephanie Palumbo, strikers Morgan Gallagher and Katelyn Kirkwood and goalkeeper Jane Thompson. Among the key newcomers are midfielders Nikki Barrett, Marissa Branco, Claire Curtis and Haley Mahoney, defender Alexis Perri, midfielders Faith Eherts, Michaela Edmond and Lindsay Guptill, defenders Patrizia Grob and Allyson LaPorte and striker Jessica Rodrigues.
Seniors: Taylor Fitzpatrick, Brittany Klein, Ellie Lamb.
Juniors: Nikki Barrett, Marissa Branco, Claire Curtis, Jessica Fuswco, Alexis Perri, Arieta Lekaj, Haley Mahoney, Stephanie Palumbo.
Sophomores: Michaela Edmond, Faith Eherts, Morgan Gallagher, Marissa German, Patrizia Grob, Lindsay Guptill, Katelyn Kirkwood, Allyson LaPorte, Elizabeth Morin, Tia Persons, Simone Pizzonia, Jesica Rodrigues, Jane Thompson.