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 last year as the #1 seed. Katie DuVal '09 was named an All-State player in 2008.
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.
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."
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.
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.
Something new I’ve tried at Walker’s:
I tried soccer in 7th grade and even though I wasn't experienced, I really enjoyed it and I want to keep improving. I will probably continue playing it throughout my time at Walker's.
- Gita, '16