Soccer - Varsity

Varsity Soccer 2019

Overview

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). Walker's is a class "C" division competitor, and plays a challenging schedule in the prestigious Founders League. League competitors include Taft, Miss Porter's, Kingswood Oxford and Kent.

Walker's soccer ended the 2018 campaign with a record of 8-10-2. Final WWNEPPSA season rankings placed Walker's #7 of 13 class C teams, and #22 of 47 WWNEPPSA teams. Walker's soccer has a long tradition, winning the CISAC in 2007 and 2008, and qualifying for the New England Tournament in 2017, 2008, and 2009 as the #1 seed. In addition, individual post-season awards were bestowed upon Walker's players. WWNEPSSA All Star honors were awarded to Maisie Smith '19 and Reagan Kerecz '20. All NEPSWSA Junior All Star game honors went to Reagan Kerecz '20 as did All-NEPSAC Honorable Mention. All Founder's League went to Elise Namnoum '19 and Caroline Smith '19. Walker's 2017 MVP Award went to Reagan Kerecz '20, Most Improved Player went to Julia Luciani '20, and Coaches' Award went to Maisie Smith '19.

Past players have gone on to play internationally, and at the collegiate level. Veronica Garcia '18 represented Puerto Rico this past summer in the Caribbean Football Union U-20 Olympic Qualifying Tournament. Recent players to move on to the college ranks include Ams Gillies '17 (Meredith College), Amber Carter '15 (Pine Manor College), and Kati Macke '13 (Ithaca 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.

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Record & Results

Team Record

  • Soccer - Varsity
    Record: 12-4-2

Walker's soccer ended the 2018 campaign with a record of 8-10-2. Final WWNEPPSA season rankings placed Walker's #7 of 13 class C teams, and #22 of 47 WWNEPPSA teams. 

Results

vs.
Hamden Hall Country Day School
Home
Win 2-0
vs.
Christian Heritage School
Home
Win 6-0
vs.
Wilbraham & Monson Academy
Away
Win 2-1
vs.
Marianapolis Preparatory School
Home
Win 5-0
vs.
Class C New England Tournament Quarterfinal, St. Luke's School
Away

Coaches

Michael Smith

Michael Smith

msmith@ethelwalker.org

Michael Smith joins Walker's after serving as head coach of the women's soccer team at Trinity College for the last 21 years. Michael led the team to two NCAA tournament appearances in 2013 and 2016 and the NESCAC Tournament Championship game 12 times. Michael worked closely with staff in the admissions office on the recruitment and retention of student-athletes. For the past eight years, Michael has directed age-level tryouts and coached for the FSA soccer club in Farmington, CT.

Since 2008, Michael resided on the campus of Miss Porter’s School where he developed a strength and conditioning program for student-athletes and served as head coach of the varsity squash team.

At Walker’s, Michael will work with the athletic and admissions offices to develop recruitment plans to attract prospective students for each team. He will use his background at the collegiate level to work with student-athletes on the early stages of the college recruiting process, as well.


Karl Schwoerke

Karl Schwoerke

kschwoerke@ethelwalker.org

Karl Schwoerke has coached varsity soccer for 41 years having fell into coaching through a natural love for the sport. Karl played at the college level as a varsity goalie at Hartwick College. In addition to coaching at the high school level, Karl has coached in both the Burlington and Simsbury Town Associations, with travel teams for Burlington and with U-16 and U-18 teams for Simsbury. Under Karl’s guidance, Karl’s teams have won two New England Championships including with the Burlington teams which had three undefeated seasons and the U-18 Simsbury Team which won the Connecticut State Championship. In addition to New England titles, Karl’s teams have won ten league championships.

In addition to soccer, Coach Schwoerke has a long career coaching both basketball and ultimate frisbee, winning three New England titles, five state titles and 13 league titles in ultimate frisbee.

Karl looks forward to stepping on the court, the pitch or the field each season as every season is a chance to maximize the potential that players present. He is thrilled to be coaching all three seasons and having the opportunity to know students in a completely different environment from the classroom.

Roster

  • Jessica Caiaze
    2021
  • Brooke DeLorey
    2020
  • Allie Dowd
    2023
  • Nora Griffiths
    2021
  • Reagan Kerecz (captain)
    2020
  • Jenna Morrell
    2023
  • Isabel O'Donnell
    2020
  • Martha O'Donnell
    2023
  • Kenzie Olvert
    2022
  • Maddie Olvert
    2021
  • Alex O'Meara
    2023
  • Lilly Santoro
    2022
  • Sarah Shaw
    2023
  • Anneliese Sonju
    2021
  • Lizzy Strapp (captain)
    2021
  • Ava Strohmeyer (captain)
    2021
  • Alaina Vermilya (captain)
    2020
  • Olivia Webster
    2021

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