Out of the four area girls soccer programs, three qualified for the state tournament, while St. Paul made it all the way to the semifinals, the deepest run in program history.
As a result, the Falcons kick off our All-Press Girls Soccer Team with six selections.
Leading the way for St. Paul were a pair of senior captains, Kendall Davis and Briana Senese.
Davis broke the school’s all-time scoring record with 81 career goals. She was named All-State twice and will be playing college ball at Division II Belmont Abbey College.
“She’s been a great player for us,” St. Paul coach Jim Husbands said. “I’m really happy she’s going to be able to play at the next level. She’s going to really be missed next year. How do you sit down and replace somebody who’s scored over 80 goals in her four years here? I’m glad I was here for the four years she’s played at St. Paul.”
Senese also had a stellar season and served as the leader of the Falcons on the field. Senese is a four-year varsity starter and has played in the NVL All-Star game twice in her career.
Senese is set to sign her national letter of intent to play Division II soccer at the University of Tampa.
“Briana was probably one of the most hardworking, committed and under-recognized players we’ve had here,” Husbands said. “Briana was great in the middle of the field. I’ve said from the very beginning she’s the heart and soul of this team. She’s going to be missed.”
St. Paul also got outstanding play from freshman goalkeeper Nina Zwolinski, who was an All-State selection this season.
“She comes in as a freshman and she’s first-team All-NVL and first team All-State,” Husbands said. “We’re in a very good position as far as our goalie spot is concerned for the next four years. She came in here and never acted like a freshman. She was never afraid. The moment was never to big for her. She made stops this year that coaches were talking about all year long. She has a good chance of being a four time All-State player.”
Rounding out the St. Paul players selected for All-Press are Addison Davis, Hannah Stanford and Isabella Griffin.
Davis saw a change in position this year but it didn’t affect her on the pitch.
“I think she’s the best defensive player in the conference,” Husbands said. “The unfortunate part for her is that we didn’t need her playing defense because we had a lot of other players that could slide into that spot and as a result we moved her up to the midfield where she was really playing out of position. But she’s a soccer player and can play wherever you need her to play.”
Stanford and Griffin had unexpected seasons for the Falcons, playing a crucial role in the success of the team.
“Hannah and Isabella were both kind of surprises this year,” Husbands said. “Bella has been a starter for us for three years but we always played her on the outside. This year we moved her to a defensive spot and she played the center defensive midfield spot as well as I think we could have expected. She was solid all year long and played physical. I think she’s found her position for us.”
Stanford had high expectations coming into the year and delivered.
“Hannah came in as a freshman and took over,” Husbands said. “She said I’m going to be a starter and she was. I’m looking forward to having her on the team the next couple years. I think with Nina and her and the others, we’re going to have a very solid defense in the coming years.”
For Bristol Eastern, it was a tough end to the season, with a 1-0 overtime loss to Joel Barlow in the postseason.
The Lancers finished the season 8-8-2 and received stellar play from Myah Croze, Kailey Laprise and Sara Tyminski, the three All-Press selections from Bristol Eastern.
Croze led the way as the star player for the Lancers.
“Myah is a very talented player with a unique ability to finish around the goal,” Eastern coach Scott Redman said. “She led the Lancers with 16 goals and seven game-winning goals. She was selected to the all-conference team three times as well as All-State. She is primed for a sensational senior season.”
Laprise also played a big role on attack for Bristol Eastern.
“Kailey is extremely hard worker who combines that work-ethic with a high level of skill to wreak havoc on opponents,” Redman said. “She can beat teams in various ways such as setting up teammates (evidenced by her team-high 10 assists) or scoring goals herself (nine goals - second on the team). She has the potential to take a big step forward in her senior campaign as well.”
Tyminski was named all-conference and plans on joining the club soccer team at Southern Connecticut State University. She finished the season with six goals.
For Bristol Central, Adalia Malick, Faith Roy and Ashley Macdonald all delivered strong seasons and were a big reason for the Rams success and each claim spots on our All-Press team.
All three were all-conference.
Malick led the way for the Rams, a dynamic player on the outside.
Malick has been named to the all-conference team in each of her three seasons and finished with 13 goals and four assists. She has led the Rams in scoring in each of her three years at the high school.
“Adalia controls the left side of the field,” Bristol Central coach Ginny Godbout said. “There were many times that the other team would put two if not three girls on her. Her foot is so powerful that not many goalies can stop her when she puts a shot on net. Adalia did a tremendous job this year even though she was injured for more than half of the season. She is going to be a force to be reckoned with next year.”
Roy was impressive in a new role for Central this season.
“I moved her back to defense,” Godbout said. “This was an important move for us because we needed someone with her speed and strength to help stop the offensive threats on the other teams. Faith did an unbelievable job, taking on girls who were often much bigger than she was, and was also very often still a major part of our offense. She is going to be a key member of our team next season.”
Macdonald, a senior center midfielder, finished her career being named to the all-conference team three times.
“Ashley is a true offensive threat and finishes better than most girls,” Godbout said. “She also just sees the field better than almost any other kid I’ve known. She knows where to be, she knows where other players need to be, she knows where to put the ball. She truly is a coach on the field. Her presence will be missed tremendously next year.”
While the Terryville girls soccer team struggled, two players stood out for them this season, earning All-Press recognition.
Sydney Lopes finished her season with seven goals and one assist.
Sophomore center midfielder Amy Roqi was second-team in the Berkshire League and had one goal to go with six assists.