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Soccer - Varsity


The Ethel Walker School Soccer program competes in the Women's Western New England Preparatory School Soccer Association, WWNEPSSA, a division of The New England Prep School Athletic Council (NEPSAC). Walkers is a class "C" division competitor, and also competes in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Taft, Miss Porter's, Kingswood-Oxford and Kent. 

Walker's soccer were CISAC champs in 2007 and 2008 and qualified for the New England Tournament in 2009 as the #1 seed. Last year Ella Ross 15' and Veronica Garcia 18' were both named to the WWNEPSSA All Star Team. In addition, as an eight grader!, Veronica Garcia 18' was named to the prestigious "Boston Globe All Star Team".   

The Junior Varsity team is an integral part of the program, where players have regular opportunity to move up to Varsity. Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs. 

Team members participate in premier leagues. Walker's varsity soccer team have been League champions for several years in a row and continue to build momentum, attracting strong players and students with a strong desire to learn and excel.

  • Soccer - Varsity Fall 2014 Roster []

    NameYearNumber
    Austin, Brea'1718
    Ayoubi, Hannah'169
    Beeman, Isabel (Manager)  
    Borreil, Alexandra (Captain)'1513
    Carter, Amber'1512
    Driscoll, Kylie'1823
    Edwards, Kendall'16GK
    Footman, Jianna (Captain)'1511
    Garcia, Veronica'1810
    Gillies, Ams'172
    Hine, Mackenzie'1616
    Naughton, Aurora'166
    Nicholson, Lian'167
    Nodoushani, Gita 
    (Manager) 
    '16 
    Paul, Georgia'1619
    Roach, Liz'181
    Ross, Ella (Captain)'154
    Shea, Nell'168
    Smith, Caroline'1921
    Smith, Maisie'1922
    Smith, Tricia'165
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    Todd D'Alessandro

    tdalessandro [at] ethelwalker [dot] org
    (860) 408-4312

    Head Varsity Coach Todd D'Alessandro was an All New England player at Farmington High School, All Big East selection at UConn, was drafted by the Boston Bolts of The ASL, and played semi-professionally for The Lowell Red Devils of the LASA League. Coach D'Alessandro believes in "total football", a style of play that emphasizes the entire team press forward on attack and defense. Coach D'Alessandro says, "It's a difficult brand of soccer because you have to be very fit. We focus on having the ball skills to play attractive soccer, and keep high pressure up for the entire game."

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    Julie Infurna

    jinfurna [at] ethelwalker [dot] org

    Coach Julie Infurna joined Ethel Walker for the 2011 season after coaching several years on the East End of Long Island. 2012 was her first year coaching the Varsity Lacrosse team and she looks forward to taking the helm of Walker's lacrosse program alongside the rest of the lacrosse coaching faculty.

    As a student athlete, Coach Infurna participated in three sports during her high school career excelling in soccer, basketball and lacrosse. She lettered all 4 years in lacrosse where she also co-captained the team her senior year. During this time she earned all state/prep honors, as well as, honorable mention all American credits. At the collegiate level, Infurna focused her energies primarily on lacrosse where she lettered as a freshman at Williams College. She transferred to Cornell University, pursuing a desire to play at the Division I level. While at Cornell, Coach Infurna played all three years at the Varsity level, earning honorable mention all ivy honors as well as the honor of being elected co-captain again by her teammates.

    Infurna regularly attends the US Lacrosse Association Convention and holds a Level I coaching certification.

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October 15, 2014

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Chase Collegiate School (Game) Win

We came out with great intensity in the first half, and worked hard to pressure the Chase defenders high on the field. Midfielders Ella Ross 15', AB Borreill 15', and Nell Shea 16' were exceptional in keeping their midfield "triangle" compact through the middle of the field. They were able to clog the Chase passing lanes in the middle of the field and win the majority of the loose balls. Our second half did not match our first, and Chase came back with a vengeance. With the game 2-1 with less than five minutes left, AB Borreill 15' threaded a perfect through pass to Veronica Garcia 18' who showed First Division poise as she calmly feinted the Chase keeper and ran by her to seal the deal and net her second goal of the game. Aurora Naughton 16' continues to be a force with her defensive duties, and had her hands full the entire game as she marked Chase's top player. Jianna Footman 15' can not be left out when we talk about impact players, she saves us time and time again in the back. Ella Ross 15' scored the other goal in our 3-1 win. A nice win, but much more hard work needed, we can not rest for a moment!      

October 11, 2014

4:00 PM - 5:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Stoneleigh- Burnham School (Game) Win

This past week we worked on finishing our crosses into the box. It paid off immediately. We were able to consistently put dangerous balls into the goal area and come away with results. Ella Ross 15' and Veronica Garcia 18' both scored two goals apiece. Amber Carter 15' and AB Borriel 15' both netted one each as well. The team did a very nice job of working the ball from side to side, and were in command of the game from start to finish. Still work to do as we move into our last portion of the season!

October 08, 2014

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Cheshire Academy (Game) Win
 
A great overall effort by the team. Our team shape on the field was very compact through the middle, both up and down the field. We were able to win many loose balls in the middle and get forward quickly. We struggled some to consistently change the field of play, but when we did it had dramatic results. Nell Shea 16' was a handful for Chesire on the right side in the midfield with her dangerous 1-2 combinations. Ella Ross 15', Hannah Ayoobi 16', netted one and two goals respectively. Veronica Garcia 18' had her second consecutive hat trick to help bring home a nice win for us! 

October 06, 2014

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ Watkinson School (Game) Win

A classic Fall day, on a beautiful field and campus at The Watkinson School, what more could a soccer team ask for? A win of course. And we did just that. Improved support play by our outside backs, and increased final third pressure by our forwards created many chances on goal. After countless runs up the right side, Veronica Garcia 18' netted our first goal. Watkinson came back with a bomb of a goal from long range, and we ended the half at 1-1. Veronica Garcia 18' put away two more goals, and AB Borreil 15' added an insurance tally to make the final score 4-1 Walkers. 

October 04, 2014

1:15 PM - 2:45 PM Varsity Soccer @ The Gunnery School (Game) Win

A wild game in the pouring rain at The Gunnery. We were able to immediately put Gunnery under pressure, and did an excellent job of holding our team shape up and down the field. Forwards Amber Carter 15', Hannah Ayoubi 16', and Veronica Garcia 18' were very active in our offensive third, and created many scoring opportunities in the first half. …and then it rained, …and rained,... and rained. The field retained large amounts of water and made playing conditions unpredictable, in turn the game evolved into a wide open affair with many chances being created by both teams. Gunnery kept pressuring us, and were able to bring themselves to within a goal, but stalwart defending by Jianna Footman 15', Aurora Naughton  14', Maise Smith 19', Trisha Smith 15', and Mackenzie Hine 16' helped us to preserve the win. Scoring players were Amber Carter 15', Hannah Ayoobi 16' , and the game winner by Caroline Smith 19' off a header. 

October 01, 2014

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Canterbury School (Game) Tie

Despite going down 0-1 in the first half, we dominated the run of play. Senior Ella Ross 15' evened the score to 1-1 about 10 minutes into the second half on a cross to the weak side from freshman Veronica Garcia 18', and we continued to command the run of play. Canterbury did not give up and had more than a few good chances on the breakaway when we blatantly lapsed in concentration defensively, GK Kendall Edwards 16' saved the day each time. Senior Jianna Footman 15' was ever steady in the back, and sisters Maise 19' and Caroline Smith 19' added spark off the bench. Again, many missed chances spoiled our win, and we walked away with just a tie. 

September 29, 2014

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ The Master's School (Game) Win

We played a young, fast, and gutsy Masters Team. We were able to posses the ball, and work the ball from side. We got on the winning track with multiple players scoring, most notably senior captain AB Borreil 15' on a nice back post run with a neat finish just inside the post. Way to go AB!

September 27, 2014

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ Kingswood-Oxford School (Game) Loss

We showed up for the game with low energy, and were completely outplayed by KO from start to finish. We were not marking tightly, had incredible difficulty stringing passes together, and struggled to switch the field of play. A difficult day for us all.     

September 24, 2014

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ Berkshire School (Game) Loss

A disappointing result for the team. We did not properly prepare for the match, came out on our heels, and were justifiably punished 30 seconds into the game, giving away a breakaway goal. We remained flat and let two more goals in to the net. Senior Amber Carter 15' had a superb match, scored two great goals, and got us to 2-3 at halftime. We pressed hard the entire second half, and had Berkshire defending for long stretches. We created many chances, but could not convert. We lost concentration defensively again at three separate points, and let in three goals. My message to the team; "You practice like you play".  

September 20, 2014

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Kent School (Game) Win

Saturday's game vs. Kent was a 0-0 draw at half-time, with both teams having missed good scoring opportunities. The second half saw our team tighten up defensively, apply stronger pressure higher on the pitch, and do a better job of working to switch the field of play. This all payed off 25 minutes into the second half when Mackenzie Hine 16' struck a beautiful direct kick from 25 yards out that tucked in nicely under the crossbar to put us up 1-0. Kent responded with threats on the break, but goalkeeper Kendall Edwards 16' was confident off her line, and came up strong every time. We were able to pull away to 2-0 when Hannah Ayoubi 16' let a thunderous strike go for a goal. From there Ella Ross 15' netted two goals, (one a picture perfect volley from the far post), and Liz Roach 18' rounded out scoring with a great tap in off a shot by Veronica Garcia 18'. A nice win, but we'll not celebrate for long, still much work to do. 

September 17, 2014

3:30 PM - 5:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ Hamden Hall Country Day School (Game) Loss

A tough game for the Wildcats. We struggled to control the ball, and keep our tactical shape against a Hamden Hall team that was very dangerous on the break. In the first half we were down 2-0, but Ella Ross 14' was right where she needed to be on a corner, and she slotted home a goal to end the first 2-1. In the second half, despite our difficulty with possessing the ball and effectively defending, we leveled the score 20 minutes in on a super individual effort by Hannah Ayoubi 15'. We missed two great chances on goal, and paid dearly for it. Hamden Hall scored with 10 minutes left on a well taken shot from the left side. They netted one more five minutes later to seal it. We're committed to improving, and are eager to play this Saturday. 

September 13, 2014

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ Greens Farms Academy (Game) Loss

Saturdays game played in the rain on the turf at GFA was a thriller.  Walker's was up 1-0 at halftime. Veronica Garcia ''18 hit the crossbar right before halftime.  We got down 3-1 in the second half, but Hannah Ayoobi '16 scored with 15 minutes left. We never gave up the pressure, we hit the post and just missed on a breakaway in the closing minutes. 

Well played by the Wildcats!
 
 
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