2017-08-30 / Sports

MCS girls’ coach excited about a rebuilding season

By Brian Sweeney

The Margaretville girls’ soccer team has to replace six seniors from last year’s squad, but Coach Toni Smith is looking forward to the challenge.

“It should be an exciting year,” Coach Smith stated regarding her club’s prospects. “We’re rebuilding, but basically, I think we have a great young team.”

Returning seniors McKenzie Day and Kaitlyn Garcia will both be working to help anchor the Blue Devils’ defense. Luca Rowe is the team’s other senior. A forward, this is her first time playing at the varsity level.

Coach Smith will also be counting heavily on five returning juniors: Denali Finkle and Lauren Gil are expected to see time at both the forward and defender positions. Victoria Marin is a versatile player who can play anywhere on the field, including backup goalie.

Mixing it up

Ithamar Silva will split time between a forward position and midfield. Kayla Petry is primarily a forward and will also see some midfield duties. Marissa Plante is another junior and is new to the sport. She is expected to see most of her action at forward.

Returning sophomores are Paige Credaroli and Kansas Shamro, who play both forward and midfield. Another sophomore, Taylor Stake is a defender and is entering her first year on varsity.

Four freshmen are also expected to make strong contributions for the Blue Devils. Alivia Cordero and Antonia Falco both play forward and midfield positions. Madison Storey is a goalkeeper and will also see time as a defender. Mallory Storey is also a defender.

Eighth-grader Netalia Herrera plays both forward and midfield. “She’s a good, solid player and she’s definitely going to help,” Coach Smith remarked.

The MCS coach said she’s using the preseason to work on various combinations to best utilize the squad’s personnel.

“We’re being flexible with positions and we have a number of players who are fairly new to the game. It’s a major rebuilding and the positions aren’t set yet,” Coach Smith explained. “I’m really excited; I think it should come together for us.”

Margaretville opens its season in the Stamford Mayor’s Cup Tournament on Wednesday.

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