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SCC Girls Soccer 2020 Season Preview

 

Southern Connecticut Conference 2020 Girls Soccer Preview

2020: The 2020 season begins Thursday, October 1. Due to the late start, all SCC teams will play 11 regular-season games. The goal is to have each of the three divisions have playoffs where all teams qualify.

Division Alignment: There are 21 schools, divided into three divisions, that compete in SCC girls soccer in 2020. These divisions will be in effect for the 2020 season only. With CIAC mandating regional play due to Covid-19, we have had to shuffle the deck this year and welcome Platt Tech to the fold.


Division A: Mercy, Cheshire, Sheehan, Lyman Hall, Sacred Heart Academy, Hamden, North Haven

Division B: Daniel Hand, Guilford, Branford, East Haven, Wilbur Cross, Career/HH

Division C:  Shelton, Amity Regional, Foran, Jonathan Law, Platt Tech, Lauralton Hall, West Haven

Defending Champs: Guilford is the defending SCC champion. Guilford defeated Shelton, 2-1, in last year’s final. Following its SCC title, Guilford went on to defeat East Lyme by the same score in the Class L state championship game to cap off an 18-2-3 season. They also were named the Town Fair Tire “Best of 2019-2020” award winner in a vote this past summer. Ironically, Guilford was not a division champion last year as Amity, Cheshire, Mercy, and Shelton claimed that honor.

AMITY REGIONAL Spartans

Head Coach:

2019 Record: 9-7-3

2020 Captains: Audrey Marin, Grace Swain, Nicole Grosso, and Julia Turski

Top Returners:

Audrey Marin - Junior - Selected back-to-back SCC Player of the Year and to the All-SCC First Team in 2018 and 2019.

Season Outlook:

Our goal is to be competitive, hopefully complete the season, and make it as much fun as possible.

BRANFORD Hornets

Head Coach: Jen Kohut (22nd season)

2019 Record: 5-8-4

2020 Captains: Macey Girard and Kendall Infantino

Top Returners:

Macey Girard - Junior - Three-year starter;

Kendall Infantino - Junior - Three- year starter;

Ava Ferrie - Sophomore - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019;

Season Outlook:

We have a great group of returning players who have been joined by a strong freshman group.  Our team goals are always to make the SCC tournament and the State Tournament. Our main goal for this 2020 season is to stay healthy. We wish all the other teams good luck and a healthy season as well.

CAREER/HILLHOUSE Coop Team

Head Coach: Bob Osborne (3rd year)

2019 Record: 0-15

2020 Captains: Cristina Vallejo, Hasfa Fazl, Sema Uzun and Ashley Perez Diaz

Top Returners:

Cristina Vallejo - Senior - Three-year starter; Very skilled defensive player.

Season Outlook:

Since the team started in 2018, the Hillhouse/Career team has been playing at the LL level against some very tough competition. We have not won a game in those two years, but the team always stays true to their motto, “We never quit!” The founders of the team and many of the returning players were honored by receiving The Sportsmanship Award by the Referees Association last November. Every girl on our team is very proud of that honor.

CHESHIRE Rams

Head Coach: Kylee McIntosh (2nd season)

2019 Record: 14-4-2

2020 Captains: Seymone Rosenberg

Top Returners:

Seymone Rosenberg - Senior - Goalkeeper who allowed only 0.56 goals per game and posted nine shutouts last season; Selected to the All-SCC First Team, New Haven Register All-Area Team, and Meriden Record-Journal Team in 2019;  

Ellie Pergolotti - Senior - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team, New Haven Register All-Area Team, and Meriden Record-Journal Team in 2019;

Gabby Tirado - Sophomore - Recorded 16 goals, including three hat tricks in 2019; Selected to the All-SCC First Team, Class LL All-State Team, New Haven Register All-Area Team, and Meriden Record-Journal Team in 2019;

Izzy Dziura - Junior Midfielder;

Ariana Geloso - Junior Midfielder;

Briana Geloso - Junior Midfielder;

Season Outlook:

I think the best approach for this year is to focus on ourselves and spend every minute of every practice getting better. We can control how hard we work every day.

DANIEL HAND Tigers

Head Coach: Rob McConville (1st year)

2019 Record: 7-9-3

2020 Captains: Anna Cohen and Julia Kuhn

Top Returners:

Brooke Salutari - Junior - Goalie who recorded 8 shutouts in 2019;

Ella Skonieczny - Junior - She is returning from injury after missing all of last season);

Maddie Hummel - Junior - Newcomer expected to contribute

Maya Howard - Sophomore - Two-year starter

Season Outlook:

This is a fresh start for this program looking to build for continued success. With a solid core of returning players, we just need to make some adjustments to take us to the next level. Our focus is on hard work and competing as a team for 80 minutes every time we step on the field. We are very detail oriented and it shows in our playing style.

EAST HAVEN Yellowjackets

Head Coach: Jake Hackett (4th year)

2019 Record: 7-7-3

2020 Captains: Bella Pilato, Angelina Munoz, and Aimee Diverniero

Top Returners:

Bella Pilato - Senior - Selected to All-SCC First Team and All-State Team in 2019; Had 8 goals and 8 assists in 2019;

Emily Pycela - Junior - Selected to All-SCC Second Team in 2019;

Angelina Munoz - Senior - Selected to All-SCC Second Team in 2019; Goalkeeper who made over 200 saves in 2019.

Season Outlook:

We are looking to continue on previous success, continue building a strong program at EHHS, and want each team to have a positive soccer experience.

FORAN Lions

Head Coach: Casey Blake (8th year)

2019 Record: 10-7-2

2020 Captains: Isabel Morales and Anna Byers

Top Returners:

Colleen Ardolino - Sophomore - Selected All-SCC First Team in 2019; Scored team-high 11 goals last season.

Season Outlook:

Our motto this season is “100”- to always give 100% no matter what, and continue to push ourselves to become a better team each day. We feel lucky to be playing soccer this fall and want to make the most of it. We return a core group of players with varsity experience and have gained some talented newcomers.

GUILFORD High School

Head Coach: Regina Sullivan (1st year)

2019 Record: 18-2-3

2020 Captains: TBA

Top Returners:

Taylor Gambardella - Senior - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019;

Lexi Greene - Senior - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019;

Eve Rini - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019.

Season Outlook:

As a new coach in the program, I am very excited for the season ahead.  From day one, every player has been working hard. I am very impressed by the team’s level of play and their commitment to creating a new culture of a unified, inclusive, and tight-knit group. Coming off of an SCC and State Championship last year, it is clear we have a talented group of athletes, so our focus is on team culture and laying the foundation of teamwork and unity for this upcoming season.

HAMDEN Green Dragons

Head Coach: Ken Boucher (4th year)

2019 Record: 5-8-4

2020 Captains: Tiatianna Jones and Olivia Maxwell

Top Returners:

Tiatianna Jones - Senior - Selected to the All-SCC First Team in 2019; Eastern Kentucky commit scored 12 goals and added 4 assists last season;

Olivia Maxwell - Senior - Committed to Rivier University;

Mia Rugigierio - Sophomore;

Olivia Sangiovanni - Sophomore;

Eliza Shephard - - Sophomore.

Season Outlook:

We will be young but talented. The team has handled the Covid situation maturely and are determined to have a good season. Our goal is to make the conference tournament and we are capable of doing so.

JONATHAN LAW Lawmen

Head Coach: Alicia Francisco (2nd season)

2019 Record: 9-9

2020 Captains: Andriana Bruno, Alexis Voytek, and Shelby Green

Top Returners:

Ashley Shaw - Senior - Four-year starter

Shelby Green - Junior - Three-year starter

Season Outlook:

Law is looking forward to whatever season and postseason we are presented. Our team motto last year was “Make it count” and that could not be truer this year. We will make every game, every minute on that field, count. We lost a lot of key seniors and are already transitioning into a strong team again.

LAURALTON HALL Crusaders

Head Coach: Kim Banner (2nd season)

2019 Record: 5-10-1

2020 Captains: Lauren McCarthy and Lauren Baisley

Top Returners:

Lauren Baisley - Senior - Three-year starter;

Lauren McCarthy 3 year starter;

Julia Sciallo - Junior - Three-year starter;

Dylan Obrien - Junior - Three-year starter;

Abby Newman - Sophomore - Two-year starter;

Lauren Vitti - Sophomore - Two-year starter.

Season Outlook:

The team has been training extremely hard this year. We are excited to have the opportunity to compete. We look forward to a competitive season. We are hoping to make the playoffs this year. As a team, we would like to be one of the most competitive teams out on the pitch. We are looking forward to a healthy and safe season.

LYMAN HALL Trojans

Head Coach: Tony Crane (2nd season)

2019 Record: 3-11-2

2020 Captains: Grace Gagliardi and Marissa Cividet

Top Returners:

Grace Gagliardi - Senior - Four-year starter

Marissa Cividet - Senior - Four-year starter

Shianna Reeves - Junior - Three-year starter

Season Outlook:

Our goal is to play smart, intelligent soccer as a team. Our expectation is to stay in every game until the end and display a never give up attitude. We have a tough schedule, but embrace the challenge.

MERCY Tigers

Head Coach: Marcus Harley (11th season)

2019 Record: 14-4-3

2020 Captains: Kaila Lujambio and Kathryn Menard

Top Returners:

Kaila Lujambio - Senior - Midfielder who had 10 goals and 6 assists in 2019;

Kathryn Menard - Senior - Midfielder who had 5 goals and 4 assists in 2019;

Grace Riegler - Senior - Midfielder;

Melina Ford - Sophomore - Goalkeeper who recorded 12 shutouts in 2019.

Season Outlook:

Replacing eight starters this year will be a challenge. The team is preparing to meet this challenge and stay competitive in the league. We are looking to grow through our ups/downs but overall, to enjoy this season and relish the opportunity given to us to play soccer in 2020.

NORTH HAVEN Indians

Head Coach: Gary Collins (2nd year)

2019 Record: 5-9-3

2020 Captains: Emma Christoforo, Carly Fresher, and Megan Russo

Top Returners:

Megan Russo - Senior - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019; Three-year starter who had 8 goals and 4 assists last season;

Carly Fresher - Senior - Three-year starter;

Emma Christofor0 - Senior - Three-year starter;

Sophia Acquarolo - Senior - Three-year starter;

Ada Forbes - Junior - Two-year starter who had 9 goals and 2 assists last season;

Lily Coish - Sophomore - Two-year starter;

Gianna Damone - Sophomore - Two-year starter;

Ilana Blumenthal - Sophomore - Two-year starter.

Season Outlook:

We are a very young team in a rebuilding year. Our expectation is to compete at a good level, while rebuilding and developing a foundation for the future. Our team goals are to get back to the state tournament, find ways to win games, and create a positive environment for growth. The message to my team is to stay focused. Mistakes will be made. It’s what you do next that will dictate the results of those mistakes.

SACRED HEART Sharks

Head Coach: Robert Silvestri (15th year)

2019 Record: 6-7-3

2020 Captains: Jada Ijeh and Lia Prato

Top Returners:

Jada Ijeh - Senior - Four-year varsity player; Selected to the All-SCC First Team, New Haven Register All-Area Team, and All-State Team in 2019;

 

Lia Prato - Senior - Four-year varsity player;

Ella Guth - Junior - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019.

Elizabeth Carchia - Junior - and Maya Raccio - Sophomore - will play key role in the defensive backfield.

Season Outlook:

We are grateful that we have an opportunity to play soccer this year and we’ll take it one day at a time.

SHEEHAN Titans

Head Coach: Rob Huelsman  (14th Season)

2019 Record: 13-5-3

2020 Captains: Lexi Carim, Madison Yasgar, and Beth Arnold

Top Returners:

Lexi Carim - Senior - Selected to the All-SCC Second Team in 2019;
Madison Yasgar- Senior;
Beth Arnold - Senior;
Sam Barone - Senior;
Amy Casorla - Junior;
Alicea Piscitelli - Junior;
Ashley Bunnell - Junior;
Elaina D”Angelo - Junior;
Patrice Mansfield - Junior;
Sydney Cuticelli - Junior;
Dylan Smith - Junior;

Season Outlook:

Last season we graduated nine seniors that provided great leadership for the returning players and there is plenty of open spots on the team for the ambitious young players ready to take on the challenge of the 2020 Covid season.This year’s team has some skilled players at all grade levels that are willing to put the hard work in and create some team depth and game experience to compete with the strong teams of the SCC. With this year's team, we plan to improve each day and to make it back to the Class L state tournament.

SHELTON Gaels

Head Coach: Marvin Miller  (15th Season)

2019 Record: 13-4-4

2020 Captains: Sarah Panek, Elizabeth Porto, Devan Wildman

Top Returners:

Sarah Panek - Senior - Defender – 25 Varsity Appearances

Elizabeth Porto - Senior - Midfielder - 40 Varsity Appearances

DevanWildman- Senior - Midfielder - 42 Varsity Appearances,

Noelle Garretson- Senior - Forward - 38 Varsity Appearances

Kayleigh Bartlett - Sophomore - Defender - 20 Varsity Appearances

Season Outlook:

We look forward to this season, proving we can face and overcome these unique challenges we face in 2020. We expect to be a strong competitor this season in our group, seeking to be the top seed going into the post-season.  More importantly, we want to play our game at a level that exceeds the performance standards we set to measure our overall success.

WEST HAVEN Blue Devils

Head Coach: Peter Trenchard (6th season)

2019 Record: 6-7-4

2020 Captains: Selena Izzo and Mackenzie Gardner

Top Returners:

Selena Izzo - Senior - Three-year starter

Mackenzie Gardner- Senior - Three-year starter

Tomalyn Williams- Senior - Two-year starter

Cori Severino - Junior - Three-year starter

Julia Tsakonas- Sophomore - First-year starter

Season Outlook:

Our goal in this crazy year is to play to the best of our ability. It is always a team goal to make the postseason, and this year is no different, however that may look. Being able to train again has been great for the team, giving us all some kind of normalcy, and we will push as hard as we can to play well and have fun.

WILBUR CROSS Governors

Head Coach: Brian Grindrod (3rd season)

2019 Record: 4-11

2020 Captains: Elina Muraka, Gisselle Rojas, and Kate Van Tassel

Top Returners:

Kate Van Tassel - Junior - Three-year starter who plays defense; Selected to All-SCC First Team in 2019;

Kaylen Yun - Junior - Three-year starter who plays midfield;

Charlotte Buterbaugh - Sophomore - Two-year starter who plays forward; Selected to All-SCC Second Team in 2019;

Lila Kleppner - Sophomore - Two-year starter who plays forward.

Season Outlook:

After the ups and downs determining if we were going to play a season, we are back and looking forward to playing. The past two years, we were a very young team changing the team culture, learning how to win, and get better each day. This year, we are older, have more experience, and we will see if we can be competitive and win some games playing a tough schedule. I want to see my team improve each day and just get better, but not take anything for granted. Our opponents may be more talented, but our team goal this year is to not get outworked by any opponent. From our experience earlier with the uncertainty of playing, we know nothing is guaranteed and we will play each game like it is the only game on our schedule.

 

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