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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 had a very successful 2014, ending the season 10-8-1, and was ranked #6 in the WWNEPPSA final season rankings for class C teams. 2014 All Founder's League and WWNEPSSA All Star honors were bestowed upon Jianna Footman '15 and Veronica Garcia '18. Walker's soccer has a long soccer tradition, winning the CISAC in 2007 and 2008, and qualifiying for the New England Tournament in 2009 as the #1 seed. In addition, Veronica Garcia '18 was named to the prestigious "Boston Globe All Star Team" in 2013, as an eighth grader. Walker's 2014 MVP Award went to Jianna Footman '15, Most Improved Player went to Aurora Naughton '16, and Coaches Award went to Alexandra Borreil '15.       

Past players have gone on to play at Division I, Division II and Division III collegiate programs. Recent players to move on to the college ranks include Carrie Mackie '13 (Ithaca College), and Ryan Rosenstock '11 (Brandeis College). Walker's team members participate in Premier leagues and play for local clubs such as Dutch Football Academy and FSA, among others. 

The Junior Varsity team is an integral part of the program. Players have regular opportunity to enjoy healthy competition, improve their soccer skills, and move up to Varsity. Walker's soccer program continues to build momentum, and is attracting gifted student athletes with a strong desire to learn and excel. Please contact Head Coach Todd D'Alessandro directly for information on the Walker's soccer program. 

  • Soccer - Varsity Fall 2015 Roster []

    Hannah Ayoubi'1617
    Caroline Castonguey'1632
    Kylie Driscoll'1812
    Kendall Edwards '16GK
    Veronica Garcia'1810
    Ams Gillies'175
    Mackenzie Hine (Captain)'1616
    Reagan Kerecz'20GK
    Maddy Lamagna'1714
    Elise Namnoum'1933
    Aurora Naughton'166
    Lian Nicholson (Captain)'164
    Gita Nodoushani
    Liz Roach'1823
    Nell Shea (Captain)'168
    Caroline Smith'191
    Maisie Smith'193
    Tricia Smith'169
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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 and Parade All American honorable mention 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. In addition, Coach D'Alessandro co-founded Premier soccer club The Dutch Football Academy (based here at Walker's), and is their girls' technical director. Coach D'Alessandro is also a Connecticut Olympic Development Program staff coach for the U-16 girls team. 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."

    Coach D'Alessandro also played youth lacrosse in the Farmington Valley Youth Lacrosse League. He returns for his second year with the JV lacrosse program.

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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.

November 14, 2015

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Pomfret School (Game) Tie 1-1

A highly ranked Pomfret team came to play on a cold and bittersweet day as we bade goodbye to our nine seniors. We were determined to see our seniors off with a spirited match against Pomfret's potent offense and did so with strong defense by Liann Nicholson 16', Nell Shea 16', and Caroline Castonguay 16'. With 16 minutes left in  the first half a defensive communication error led to Pomfret's first goal. The remainder of the first half saw us defending well, and working as a team to get behind the ball with numbers, and so that's how we ended the first half at 0-1. Coming out in the second half we looked for continued strong defensive midfield play by Mackenzie Hine 16', Aurora Naughton 16', and Trish Smith 16'. At the 42 minute mark Maddy Lamagna 17' stepped up on a Pomfret midfielder, stole the ball from her on on the right side of the field, and from 35 yards out launched a missile strike on the unsuspecting Pomfret keeper. The stunned keeper misjudged the knuckling shot and it cruised through her hands and into net to knot the score at 1-1. From there it was all Reagan Kerecz 20' as the battle raged in our defensive third. At 48 minutes Pomfret's center midfielder stepped up on a weak pass in the middle of the field and streaked with the ball across our mid third drawing our defense. From there she played a superb ball back to the middle of the field against the grain of play.  As she did that Pomfret's left wing made a wonderful run behind our defense, ran onto the pass, and from the top of box hit a blast to the side of Reagan Kerecz. Once again, she came up large and made an incredible reaction save, and then smothered the rebound to preserve the tie. It was hold your breath time for the rest of the game as Pomfret continued to push deep into our defensive half. Heroic play by the entire team preserved the tie, and we saw our seniors off with a strong result for the program. Seniors, thank you for all that you have given through the years, we will miss you. See everyone in the Fall of 2016, thank you for all of your support! 

November 11, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Miss Hall's School (Game) Win 4-3

We did not let the rain stop us this past Wednesday. We were able to press Miss Halls early on and basically maintain that presence for the remainder of the game. However, we made things very difficult for ourselves as we lost concentration for spells, and therefore found ourselves in an up and down match. At the 18 minute mark Nell Shea 16' popped in a nifty little chip off a Mackenzie Hine 16' corner to put us up 1-0. From there we were in the driver's seat until we lapsed at the 36 minute mark and let Miss Halls get behind us for a break away to even the score at 1-1. Then two minutes later just before halftime Maddy Lamagna 17' demonstrated great hustle play to get in one on one with Miss Hall's GK and slot home a goal to put us up 2-1. Five minutes into the second half we went up 3-1 when Ams Gillies 17' displayed tremendous heart and dug a loose ball out of the corner, beat a Halls defender, and drove a perfect cross to Hannah Ayoubi 17' who slammed home a one touch goal. With 28 minutes left Maddy Lamagna 17' pushed the ball by two Halls defenders in the middle of the field and darted through the area to go 1 vs. 1 with the Halls GK again to put us up 4-1. Miss Halls struck with 25 minutes left on another defensive lapse and they found themselves back in the game at 2-4. Seven minutes later we let Miss Halls get behind our defense once again, and it was a 4-3 match with 17 minutes left in the game. From there we dug in, held our ground, and took home the win. On to our final game of the year, and we salute our seniors this Saturday vs. Pomfret!   

November 07, 2015

2:45 PM - 4:15 PM Varsity Soccer @ The Taft School (Game) Loss 0-4

Confidence, courage, and conviction are just words if you never put them into action. The team walked off the pitch Saturday, and there was no questioning the commitment, drive, grit, and never say die attitude they had vs. Taft. Despite losing 0-4, we had our chances, and given a few different bounces, and chances going our way, it could have easily been a different story. Every player on the squad made it onto the field, and they did their part embodying those words... confidence, courage, and conviction. It was the best game we played as an entire unit this season, thank you girls!    

November 04, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Westover School (Game) Win 6-3
Unbelievable that we could play a soccer game on Nov. 4th in 70 degree weather! With the setting as perfect as it was it was fitting that we come away with a 6-3 win. Hannah Ayoubi 17' ran on to a deflection off a clearance in the middle of Westover's defensive third at the 20 minute mark and slotted a beautiful goal into the side netting to put us up 1-0.  With four minutes left in the 1st half Maddy Lamagna 17' found Nell Shea 16' at the top of Westover's penalty area and Nell struck a beautiful left footed shot over the Westover's GK to make it 2-0 going into halftime. The second half was a different story. We came out flat and were unable to organize effectively and let Westover back into the game. Just three minutes into the second half a late decision on passing the ball back to Reagan Kerecz 20' combined with an errant clearance let Westover back into the game and we found ourselves 2-1. At 50 minutes Liz Roach 18' was brought down in the box and we were awarded a penalty the Maddy Lamagna 17' put home to get us back to 3-1. A minute and a half later we kept Westover's speedy center forward onside and she popped a well placed chip over the head of our GK to make it 3-2. From there it was deja vu all over again as we played the ball back to our GK and had another faulty clearance and we were tied at 3-3 with under 30 minutes to go. However, we finally put it back together and were able to net three more goals before the end of the game. Goals were scored by Ams Gillies 17' on a great run into the box from a cross, an alert Veronica Garcia 18' that put home a rebound off a GK save that popped back into the box, and the goal of the game from Caroline Smith 19' off a corner kick with less than five minutes to go in the game. Mackenzie Hine 16' drove one of her patented corner kicks perfectly into the box where Caroline ran onto it and pegged it home off a beautiful header under the Westover GK's reach! We need to be ready to go for Taft on Saturday!

October 31, 2015

1:00 PM - 2:30 PM Varsity Soccer @ Miss Porter's School (Game) Loss 0-4

Bright sun, cool crisp Fall air, and a marvelous new soccer field to play on = A perfect soccer day for a "classico" between Miss Porters and us. We came out against a swarming Porters defense. Every time we played the ball into the midfield or up front the MPS defense collapsed on us and gave us no time to really consolidate or possess the ball. Goalkeeper Reagan Kercez 20' was thrilling to watch once again as she gave it all she had with technique, soccer sense, and pure aggression off her line. She made many outstanding saves to keep us in the game up to halftime. Coming out of halftime down 0-1, we pressed MPS early and were able to keep them on their heels for a solid 20 minute stretch, but unfortunately we unable to really mount any consistent chances. That cost us at around the 60 minute mark when an unlucky bounce off our defensive clearance found a MPS forward's foot and their speed up front did us in with them converting a 1 v 1 opportunity. From there we adjusted our personnel and position, but could just not find our groove, and we ended the day 0-4. We'll be back at it hard on Monday, next up is Westover at home!

October 28, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Millbrook School (Game) Win 2-0

A wet Wednesday was fitting for our match vs. Millbrook. Last year they bested us 3-2 in a thriller of a game in the rain at their place. We came out hard and fast. Hannah Ayoubi 17' and Liz Roach 18' were instrumental in keeping Millbrook's backs and midfielders under strong pressure. However, the Millbrook forwards were quite dangerous on the counter, and as always, Reagan Kercez 20' was brave and willing to come off her line to thwart their chances. At the 15 minute mark Veronica Garcia 18' found Maddy Lamagna 's 17'  feet as she made great run behind the Millbrook defense. Millbrooks' excellent GK came of her line the save the shot by Maddy, but Hannah Ayoubi 17' was there to frame home the rebound to put us up 1-0. We stayed that way until the 68th minute when Mackenzie Hine  16' pounced on a short Millbrook clearance and one timed a high chip over the Millbrook GK's head into the upper left corner. It's notable that Mackenzie became the first player in EWS history to score a goal and make two saves as the goalkeeper in the same game after she filled in for an injured Reagan Kercez 20'. Nell Shea 16', Maise Smith 19', Elise Namnoum 19', Trish Smith 16', and Caroline Castonguay 16' were strong in the back and held Millbrook's counter attack for majority of the game. On to Porter's Saturday!!!    

October 24, 2015

2:00 PM - 3:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Marianapolis Preparatory School (Game) Loss 2-7

Not a shining moment for us. The combination of Marionapolis' aggressive center midfield center forward duo, along with our soft defense, general ball watching all over the field, and our failure to consistently win balls in the midfield doomed us early on. Occasional flashes of combination play led to some chances, but we did not have the get up and go of previous matches. Goals by Hannah Ayoubi 17', and Veronica Garcia 18' were somewhat comforting, but our performance was a  huge disappointment on parent's weekend. We need to look ourselves in the mirror, accept our failure, deal with it, move on, and improve. Up next...Millbrook at home!     

October 21, 2015

3:45 PM - 5:15 PM Varsity Soccer @ Chase Collegiate School (Game) Win 5-1

A strong effort against a young Chase team yielded many chances and provided lots of combination play through the midfield. Solid defense by Mackenzie Hine 16', Nell Shea 16', and Caroline Castonguay 16' allowed our mid field and forwards to get high on the pitch and make chances happen. A "brace" by Veronica Garcia 18' led the scoring with additional goals by Maddy Lamagna 17', Aurora Naughton 16', and Hannah Ayoubi 17'. On to family weekend vs. Marionapolis!   


October 19, 2015

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Suffield Academy (Game) Win 6-2
A game on a chilly Monday afternoon was the perfect way to start the week. Suffield brought their dangerous counter attack, and we were able to rise to the challenge. Just about ten minutes into the game Maddy Lamagna 17' struck first with a perfectly placed long range goal over the top of the Suffield GK's head to put us up 1-0. Strong pressure in Suffield's defensive mid third allowed us win many loose balls and force them to turn the ball over. However Suffield would not be held down, they struck with 25 minutes left with a great through ball to the right side behind our defense and finished their one on one chance to even the game at 1-1. Not content, ten minutes later they pounced on an errant square pass in our goal box  and slammed home their go ahead goal to make it 2-1. Just as we did in the Chesire game the week before, we never gave up and kept pressuring. With only 6 seconds left in the half Aurora Naughton 16' gave pure hustle to track down a loose ball in Suffield's goal area, and swung it to the middle where Ams Gillies 17' toe poked home the goal to even it at 2-2 and send both teams to halftime. An amazing finish to the first half! With the momentum in our favor we kept our pressure up on Suffield and were able to break the ice and go ahead and score four more goals. Maddy Lamagna 17' laced in two to get a "hat trick", and Ams Gillies 17' added another to grab a "brace". Heroic efforts up front by Hannah Ayoubi 17', and Liz Roach 16' must be noted along with defensive steadiness by Reagan Kercez 20', Caroline and Maise Smith 19', Nell Shea 16'. It was incredible to watch Caroline Castonguay 16' battle against her ever dangerous sister Natalie who was Suffield's top striker. Heart stopping stuff not to be forgotten! On to Chase Collegiate Tuesday. 

October 14, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Varsity Soccer @ Cheshire Academy (Game) Win 4-1

A trip down the road to Chesire on proved to be exciting. While the pitch was very difficult in terms of ball control, we were able to build up from the back and create some quality combinations through the midfield. Despite having numerous chances in the first half, we ended 0-0 at the mid way point. Twenty minutes into the second half, despite still controlling the run of play, a dangerous counter by Chesire's speedy right wingerleft Reagan Kercez 20' alone one on one. Unable to stop the shot, we found ourselves down 0-1 with 20 minutes left in the game. Pure hustle by Elise Namnoun 19' evened the game up for us. After tracking down a ball that was destined to cross over Chesire's goal line for a goal kick, Elise quickly played a short pass to Veronica Garcia 18' who hit a driving cross through the box that Hannah Ayoubi 17' rushed onto and slammed home for a first class header goal. Then five minutes later Liz Roach found a faulty Chesire clearance and popped it over the Chesire keeper's head from 25 yards out to put us in the lead. We did not stop there. Aurora Naughton 16' had her tireless efforts rewarded another five minutes later when she ran onto another Chesire clearance at the top of their box and shot it through the Chesire keeper's hands. A foul on Hannah Ayoubi 17' just inside the penalty area resulted in a penalty kick for us. Veronica Garcia 18' stepped up and drove it into the left corner to seal the win at 4-1, a truly exciting game. Back to work, we play Suffield Monday!  

October 10, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. The Gunnery School (Game) Win 4-1

The perfect Fall day for a soccer match. Bright, sunny, stunning Fall foliage around the pitch, and plenty of anticipation by both teams for a solid match. We were able to establish ourselves early with strong defense in the midfield by winning loose balls, and some very nice combination play on the side between our forward and midfield lines. Our forwards did a fine job of helping us to posses the ball by checking back, then receiving the ball, and holding it for a moment to knock it back to our midfielders who would in turn look to switch fields. At the 21 minute mark a well struck corner by Mackenzie Hine 16' flew towards the front post. Hannah Ayoubi 17's pressure on the Gunnery GK forced her to hesitate and the ball went off her hands and in for an own goal. With less than 10 minutes left in the second half Maddy Lamagna 17' dribbled through the middle and fired a shot from 25 yards out that went through the goalkeeper's hands to put us up 2-0. Then just a minute and a half later a through ball to Hannah Ayoubi 17' on the weak side found her feet and she was one on one with the Gunnery right back. Hannah cut the ball back nicely, and then placed a beautiful shot to the opposite post to put us up 3-0 going into the end of the first half. With less than 20 minutes to go in the second half a pass back to Reagan Kercez 20' got away from her and Gunnery was there to capitalize to make the score 3-1. Hard work by Hannah Ayoubi to pressure the Gunnery defenders when they had the ball 17' paid off with 15 minutes left in the game. She forced an error, and was able to get off a shot from 20 yards out that skidded by the Gunnery GK to seal the game at 4-1. This Wednesday we are away at Chesire!  

October 07, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Varsity Soccer @ Canterbury School (Game) Loss 1-2

Total heartbreak. Once again we lapsed early defensively, and found ourselves down 0-1 ten minutes into the game. A Canterbury free kick at the 20 minute mark saw them go up 2-0, which is where we ended at halftime. Despite dominating ball possession, and taking 25 shots to Canterbury's three, we came away with absolutely nothing to show. A very long bus ride home. Next up The Gun on Saturday! 

October 05, 2015

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. The Master's School (Game) Win 8-0

We bounced back against a young but resolute Master's squad. Plenty of wide open play and ability to combine led to multiple goals by Veronica Garcia 18'(2),  Hannah Ayoubi 18'(2), and Maddy Lamagna 18' (2). Kylie Driscoll 18', and Nell Shea 16' rounded out the scoring for us. Next is the long trip to Canterbury on Wednesday, we need to be ready to play when we get off the bus. 

October 03, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Kingswood - Oxford School (Game) Loss 1-4

We dug ourselves a ditch very early into the match. Seven minutes into the match a shot from the top of the  goal area forced Reagan Kercez 20' to make a diving push save to her right. We ball watched and and aggressive follow up play by KO saw them frame a goal to go up 1-0. Continued defensive lapses at the 17 minute mark saw us allow the KO right winger to run behind our defense, go one on one with our keeper, and slot home their second goal. We continued to work hard, and had numerous chances on goal, but were unable to connect with our final pass, or saw our shots just miss their mark. We came out of the second half determined to notch a goal before the 50 minute mark. However eight minutes into the half a nicely struck KO free kick from 25 yards out found it's mark and we found ourselves down 3-0. We kept clawing and applying pressure and were finally rewarded our goal at 50 minutes when a KO defender handed the ball in her goal area resulting in a PK for us. Veronica Garcia 18' was steady as ever and tucked away the shot to make it 3-1. Off the ensuing kick off KO moved down the right side, played a cross to the middle, we failed to mark tightly, and KO's talented CM tucked away number four for them. We mounted counter attacks, and had chances, but again, failed to convert. Strong play to be noted by Maise and Caroline Smith 19', and Nell Shea 16'. Rest up, Master's on Monday!

September 30, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Berkshire School (Game) Win 4-1
Nice to put one in the bag. We came ready to play, and established our lead early. Less than 6 minutes into the game nice combination play at the top of the box between Maddy Lamagna 17' and Veronica Garcia 18' created a sliver of opportunity for Garcia who tucked away a nice curving shot that careened in off the near post. We were able to strike again at the 7 minute mark when Liz Roach 19' pressured the Berkshire back into making an errant pass to the middle. Maddy Lamagna 17' was there to intercept and slip a nice through ball to Garcia 18' who hit a smashing shot over the hands of the Berkshire keeper. From there both teams settled in and went back and forth at each other. Berkshire had some dangerous counters against us, Reagan Kercez 20' came up large off her line two times to thwart Berkshire's advances into the goal area. Halftime saw us end at 2-0 with good momentum going into the 2nd half. Berkshire came ready to play and jumped on us immediately at the start of play. By the 55th minute Berkshire struck with a beautiful slashing cross field pass played behind our weak side. The Berkshire left wing ran onto the ball and slammed it into the upper left corner to inch them within one goal. We were able to solidify our defensive lines, and began to create many good scoring opportunities. Once again, good pressure in the midfield led created a transition to offense for us, and a quick and smart ball over the Berkshire defense saw Elise Namnoum 19' dashing down the right side. She was able to cut the ball in against her defender, and place a magnificent left footed shot to the opposite corner of the goal. Again, the merits of winning the midfield loose ball battle paid off at the 65 minute mark. Aurora Naughton 16' won her individual battle, and played a nice through ball to Maddy Lamagna 17' who came down one on one with the Berkshire keeper and placed it nicely past her for the goal. Notable performances by Trish Smith 16', and Elise Namnoum 19' for playing every position except goalkeeper! Next KO on Saturday!      

September 26, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer @ Kent School (Game) Loss 1-3

Not even thirty seconds into the game we found ourselves down 0-1. By the 15 minute mark we found ourselves down 0-3 to a strong, fast, and direct Kent squad. From there it was an all out attempt to dig ourselves out of the hole we created for ourselves. As the first half progressed we were able to build up momentum, win more 50-50 balls in the midfield, and create chances in Kent's goal area. We were finally rewarded at the 30 minute mark when Caroline Castonguay 16' stepped up on a Kent pass coming form their defense, and won her individual battle for the ball. She played the ball forward to the midfield where we were able to knock the ball into the Kent goal box. A scramble ensued and Maddy Lamagna 17' was there to put home the goal. We ended the half down 1-3, and prepared ourselves to pressure Kent for the entire second half. We did just that. The entire second half saw us winning loose balls in the midfield, intercepting Kent through ball attempts, and aggressively putting pressure on their goal area. Nell Shea 16', Maise Smith 19', Elise Namnoum 19', Trish Smith 16', Liann Nicholson 16', and Caroline Castonguay 16' left all they had on the field defensively. Goalkeepers Reagan Kerecz 20', and Kendall Edwards 16' were solid in their play and came up big when needed. Aurora Naughton 16' was consistent the whole game in the midfield, and hit the crossbar in the dying throes of the game on a beautiful chip from the left side. Veronica Garcia 18', and Hannah Ayoubi 17' made many darting runs into the box, and had multiple chances but goalposts, and goal line saves were to thwart them. In the end we found ourselves with no time left, and no result despite all of our second half efforts. It's difficult stretches like these that build character, next up is Berkshire at home this Thursday!          


September 24, 2015

4:30 PM - 6:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Hamden Hall Country Day School (Game) Loss 1-2

Soccer is a cruel game. You can play your lights out and dominate for long stretches, if not the entire game, and still come away with just a set of steak knives. That was our story yesterday. After playing miles below our team potential and individual ability our first two games, we bounced back and found our rhythm. Again we struck early, less than 3 minutes into the game a lofted ball from the right over the top of the Hamden Hall defense by Liz Roach 18' fell onto the foot of Hannah Ayoubi 17', and she darted into the goal area and slipped a beautifully placed shot to the right of the Hamden Hall keeper to put us up 1-0. We battled back and forth through the midfield with Hamden Hall up to the 20 minute mark when we lapsed defensively in the middle, let a Hamden Hall forward get goal side of us, and with a perfectly slipped ball through our defense EWS goalkeeper Reagan Kerecz 20' found herself one on one. Despite coming off her line, she was beaten and we were back to 1-1, and that is how the half ended. The second half was much of the same with many hard fought tackles from both teams in the midfield. Nell Shea 16', Caroline Castonguay 16', Mackenzie Hine 16', Liann Nicholson 16' were tough in the back for us. At the 65 minute mark we played a square ball across the back and were made to pay. A Hamden Hall forward pounced on it, beat three of our defenders, and placed it into the left corner of our net. From then on it was push time for us. We rose to the challenge, and had Hamden Hall on their heels for the remainder of the game. Our defense and midfield won their individual battles, and our forwards were able to create many chances in the goal area. The most threatening coming in the 70th minute off of a Veronica Garcia 18' dash down the right side that beat two defenders. She went to the goal line and placed a dangerous pass across the middle that Maddy Lamagna 17' just put past the left post. The entire team pushed, and heroic individual efforts to press until the very end by Elise Namnoum 19', Maise Smith 19', Aurora Naughton 16', and Trish Smith 16' were unfortunately not rewarded as we ultimately ran out of time. Despite the score, we feel we have found our groove, and it's off to Kent Saturday!         


September 19, 2015

2:30 PM - 4:00 PM Varsity Soccer vs. Greens Farms Academy (Game) Loss 3-6

A desire to win the ball and be aggresive got us out to a strong start against Greens Farms. We saw ourselves up 1-0 seven minutes in on a nice through ball in the box to Veronica Garcia 17', who slipped it to the right of the GFA keeper. We kept up the pressure and were able to do a better job of possessing and opening up the field than we did last game. With 15 minutes to go, a defensive lapse at midfield, and good speed and poise by the GFA right winger got GFA back in the game 1-1. A fierce midfield battle ensued until the 5 minute mark when we again beaten down the right side. A well placed pass to the top of the box found the feet of the trailing GFA midfielder, who placed a great shot into the upper right corner. We then lost our defensive composure as a team, and were unable to win balls in the midfield as we were able to earlier in the game. With less than 4 minutes to go in the game we were unable to win the ball off of our own goal kick, GFA countered, and again placed a beautiful shot in from 20 yards out. We came out from halftime down 1-3, and did very well to come out and push to regain our momentum. Just under 3 minutes into the second half Maddy Lamagna 17' laced a beautiful free kick from 25 yards out that beat the GFA keeper to bring us back 2-3. Our inability to consistently possess the ball and win the loose balls in the midfield came back to haunt us just a minute later. GFA won the ball on the right side, crossed it their left midfielder who got behind our defense, and they found themselves one on one. Reagan Kerecz 20' made a great touch save to her right, but the GFA player found her rebound and put them up 2-4. After conceding another goal and going down 2-5, we worked to mount a comeback, and with 20 minutes left Nell Shea 16' smacked a wonderful one time ball over the GFA keepers head from 25 yards out to bring us back to 3-5. We ultimately ran out of time and saw ourselves bested by GFA 3-6. One thing is certain, the team never gave up, and they left it all on the field. What more can a coach ask for? Next up, Hamden Hall on Thursday!          


September 16, 2015

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM Varsity Soccer vs. The MacDuffie School (Game) Loss 1-5

Clearly not our day today. We came out flat, made costly errors early, and paid dearly for them. MacDuffie School were a class act, and were able to exploit our inability to properly control the ball, find combination play along our flanks, and create any consistent rhythm in our possession game. For the reasons aforementioned we found ourselves down 0-2 just four and a half minutes into the game. We clawed back to 1-3 on a great run down the right side by Liz Roach 18'. As she was just on the outside of the box she lofted a beautiful chip over the goalkeeper in the opposite corner. We unable to mount a sustained resurgence, and found ourselves down 1-5 at the half. We came out with more fight in the second half, and produced some very good scoring chances on runs into the box from Hannah Ayoubi 17', and Veronica Garcia 18', and long range shots from Maddy Lamagna 17' were oh so close! Reagan Kerecz 20' came up strong numerous times. In the end we still came up short, but no room for sulking, we see Green's Farms Saturday!      

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