GIRLS SOCCER TEAM CAPSULES
Breaking down the 2016 girls soccer season for SouthCoast’s 10 teams
- Apponequet, Bishop Stang, Dartmouth, GNB Voc-Tech, Old Rochester and Westport are coming off playoff appearances.
By Ed Collins
Posted Sep. 7, 2016 at 7:41 PM
Updated Sep 7, 2016 at 10:08 PM
Head coach: Robin Ireland (9th year)
Last year’s record: 14-1-2
Key returners: Sr. MF Haley Dupre; Sr. FB/F Mackenzie Parisee; Sr. F Dayna Doyle; Jr. F Leanne Kendall
Top newcomer: Soph. G Hannah Copley
Our take: The Lakers graduated eight seniors and they have a lot of young kids coming up as they try to win a fifth straight South Coast Conference championship. They have some big holes to fill and will have a number of players who will have to grow into their positions in the early going.
Bishop Stang Spartans
Head coach: Robert Shields (1st year)
Last year’s record: 13-3-4
Key returners: Sr. F Jane Kuphal; Sr. MF Rebecca Michaud; Sr. FB Isabella Shields; Sr. G Mary Rishmany
Top newcomers: Soph. F Rylie Carreau; Soph. F Aidan Jones; Soph. FB Katherine Yeargin; Soph. FB Katey Alberto
Our take: The Spartans return a lot of talent and depth after reaching the quarterfinals of the Div. 3 South Sectional last season. Michaud returns after being named The Standard-Times Girls Soccer Player of the Year in 2015 and she’ll play a key role in the team’s precise passing game. Shields has inherited a very good team from former coach Expo Duarte and the Spartans will look to play at a quick pace and defend end to end.
Head coach: Mark Poirier (30th year)
Last year’s record: 9-6-4
Key returners: Sr. MF Cali Andrade; Sr. MF Lindsey Bedard; Sr. F Casey Good; Sr. FB Karina Almeida; Sr. FB/MF Raquel Santos; Jr. MF Sarah Vieira; Jr. F Jill Prout; Jr. G Rachel Pereira; Jr. FB Gwen Taradash
Top newcomers: N/A
Our take: The Indians return a good nucleus of players, especially in the midfield. Taradash will anchor the defense a year after earning Old Colony League and Eastern Mass. All-Star honors. Pereira was pressed into duty in net when graduated senior Jenn Wheaton broke a finger in the third game of the season last year and she helped lead the Indians to the state tournament. Prout and Good return as experienced forwards and they’ll need to set a good tone on offense on a team that will need to score more goals this season.
Fairhaven Blue Devils
Head coach: Walter Baiardi (3rd year)
Last year’s record: Not available
Key returners: Sr. MF Lauren Albec; Sr. MF Tary Ledogar; Sr. MF Leah Major; Sr. FB Elizabeth Vanasse; Jr. F Jan MacGregor; Soph. F Brianna Cruz
Top newcomers: Fr. FB Daphne Veitch; Fr. G Olivia Bernardo; Fr. MF Anya Aadland; Fr. MF Claire Hubert
Our take: The Blue Devils have to replace eight starters and have a lot of new faces. They have a freshman class with a lot of potential, but could hit some bumps in the road in the early going while their first-year players acclimate to playing at the varsity level. Albec, Ledogar and Major will be counted on to set a good tone early in the season and work together to help their new teammates get up to speed.
GNB Voc-Tech Bears
Head coach: Robert Harvey (1st year)
Last year’s record: 11-8
Key returners: Sr. MF Breana Cordeiro, Sr. FB Ashlee Cordeiro, Sr. G Payton Wildrick, Sr. MF Hillary Correia, Sr. MF Lylah Casey, Sr. MF Ashley Maloney, Sr. MF Nicole Jones, Sr. FB Cassidy Raposa, Sr. MF Kate Lima
Top newcomers: N/A
Our take: The Bears return 11 experienced seniors who will be looking to get back to the state tournament. Wildrick is a very athletic keeper who will anchor the defense and the team will look to move the ball quickly on the ground and run its offense through a solid group of midfielders.
New Bedford Whalers
Head coach: Andrea Nogueira (2nd year)
Last year’s record: 3-11-5
Key returners: Sr. MF Ari Bedoya; Sr. G Jaucilyn Timms; Sr. G Kendal Carvalho; Jr. MF/FB Peyton Calvao; Jr. MF/F Alyssa Araujo; Soph. FB Monica Eires; Soph. FB/MF Aaliyah Padilla
Top newcomers: Soph. F/MF Tiana Francis; Fr. F Jaydah Bedoya; Fr. FB/MF Chiron Rose
Our take: The Whalers have some speed to work with on offense and they’ll look to move the ball quickly and attack the net with a good combination of forwards and midfielders. Eires and Padilla will play key roles on defense, where Timms and Carvalho are both in the hunt to be the team’s starter.
Old Colony Cougars
Head coach: Paul Sleight (15th year)
Last year’s record: 4-12-2
Key returners: Sr. Stopper Kelsey Fillip; Sr. G Kendra Fillip; Sr. F Amanda Masse; Sr. FB Alexis Matton; Jr. MF Breigh Senior; Jr. F Rachel Silva; Soph. FB Bailee Amaral; Soph. FB Taylor Barkowski; Soph. F Raquel Rodrigues
Top newcomer: Fr. MF/F Haylie Fernandes
Our take: The Cougars return nine starters and Sleight is looking for good things on defense from the Fillip twins. Rodrigues will be counted on to score some goals and the team will look for contributions from a good sophomore class that picked up some valuable experience as freshmen. A key for the Cougars will be staying injury free, because they don’t have a lot of depth.
Old Rochester Bulldogs
Head coach: Jeff Lombard (16th year)
Last year’s record: 10-8-2
Key returners: Sr. F/MF Katelyn Bindas, Jr. FB Carly Demanche, Jr. FB Rachel Demmer, Jr. G Kaitlyn Kutash, Soph. F/MF Maddie Demanche
Top newcomers: Jr. FB Caroline Murphy, Fr. G Kinsley Dickerson, Fr. MF Meg Hughes, Fr. MF Mary Butler, Fr. FB Gracy Greany
Our take: The Bulldogs are facing more of a rebuilding season than their usual reload with a lot of positions to figure out. They return a good group of players who may hit some bumps early in the season as they learn how to play together. Lombard is very good at teaching his system and it will be important for his players to stay positive and not get down on themselves if they encounter some early-season struggles.
Head coach: Megan Kashner (2nd year)
Last year’s record: 0-18
Key returners: Sr. FB Brett McSherry; Sr. MF Lisa Wynne; Sr. G Brooke Cannon; Jr. FB Madison Pinkston; Jr. MF Haley DeMello
Top newcomers: Jr. F/MF Gabby Lefrancois; Fr. F Abigail Berriault; Fr. MF Kiara Suarez
Our take: The Vikings are taking a one-year hiatus from the South Coast Conference, but will still play Bourne, Case, Fairhaven and Seekonk. They have added Old Colony, Bishop Connolly, Bristol Aggie and Upper Cape to their schedule. The team will have to replace 16 seniors, so there will be lots of holes to fill in the starting lineup. McSherry, DeMello and Berriault all have good shots and they’ll be counted on to move the ball and set the offense in motion.
Head coach: Gary Muello (2nd year)
Last year’s record: 9-5-5
Key returners: Sr. F Jaely Pereira, Jr. G Ashley Thatcher
Top newcomers: Soph. MF Acadia Cass, 8th MF/F Jenna Cadieux, 7th F/MF Laura Martel
Our take: The Wildcats have one senior, six juniors, four sophomores, four freshman, one eighth grader and six seventh graders on their roster. They have a lot of new faces on a team that’s coming off a state-tournament year and will have to work together to be successful again. Thatcher returns as an athletic, tough keeper, but the team has some big question marks on offense, where it will have to replace the team-high 19 goals that graduated senior Reaghan Tripp scored last season.
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