Fall sports are back and officially kicked off the season Thursday night. With the green light still on for the 2021 fall season, area teams have gone through preseason prepping for a postseason push with team’s still aiming for a class title.
Teams are still subject to cancellations and postponements due to COVID-19, but as of opening day, all teams have steered clear of outbreaks and are on pace for a full, healthy season.
Here is a rundown of area teams, what their rosters will look like and what their expectations are. For previews on New Britain girls soccer, please go to newbritainherald.com/area/sports to read the full story.
Head coach: Scott Redman (6th season)
Assistant coach: Angelina Saporito, Eric Steinfield and Danielle Kriscenski.
Record last season: 5-7-1
Notable returning players: Sr. Ciara Collins (midfield); Sr. Audra Porowski (defense); Sr. Grace d’Amato (goalkeeper); Sr. Maura Cyr (defense); Jr. Emily Nelson (forward); Jr. Cecelia Gilbert (defense); Jr. Taigan Parent (midfield); Jr. Breanna Venturo-Nelson (forward); Jr. Emilia Perrone (midfield); Jr. Isabella Sanchez (midfield, forward) So. Mikayla Gonzalez (defense); So. Emma Stavens (midfield); So. Megan Krok (forward).
Notable losses: Kate Kozikowski, Lili Morneault and Annabella Lusitani.
Notable underclassmen: Fr. Leah Roy (midfield, forward)
Conference outlook: “CCC South Patriot-Lewis Mills [is the] favorite to finish on top. Bristol Central and us will battle them and be competitive as well. … Glastonbury, RHAM and Southington top of the overall CCC Conference. Newington and Wethersfield are also noteworthy.”
Team outlook: “The new schedule will definitely be a challenge for the Lancers, but we should improve over the course of the year and fight for a tournament berth and a .500 win percentage.”
Head coach: Ginny Godbout
Record last season: 5-6-2 (according to MaxPreps)
Upperclassmen: Sr. Hannah Aldieri; Sr. Ashlee Crumrine; Sr. Hannah Curtis; Sr. Morgyn Perkins; Sr. Madeleine Ross; Sr. Kaiya Yuschak; Jr. Karina Diaz-Doran; Jr. Adriana Gutowska; Jr. Maya Kelly; Jr. Abby Wasik.
Head coach: Alex Joslyn (4th season)
Record last season: 8-3-3
Notable returning players: Sr. Natalia Chorzepa (goalkeeper); Sr. Grace Lazzara (defense); Sr. Kylie Gentile (defense); Sr. Olivia Salina (defense); Sr. Jocelyn DiMatteo (midfield); Sr. Kylie Jefferson (midfield); Sr. Clare McGeever (forward); Jr. Jenna Wenzel (forward)
Notable losses: Ashley Wenzel (CIAC all-state forward) and Jenna Zup (CIAC all-state midfielder).
Conference outlook: Expecting to contend for the CCC South Region title.
Team outlook: “Senior heavy team with nine returning starters. Team has potential to be the strongest in some time.”
Head coach: Adam Wilkinson
Record last season: 7-3-1 (according to MaxPreps)
Upperclassmen: Sr. Alyse Karanian; Sr. Brianna Norton; Sr. Michelle Novikova; Sr. Giuliana Stolfi; Sr. Karlissa Zocco; Sr. Marliese Zocco; Jr. Olivia Bernier; Jr. Abigail Corcoran; Jr. Taylor Daniele; Jr. Ella DePase; Jr. Emma Dos Santos; Jr. Reese Sadler; Jr. Payton Tavares.
Head coach: Mike Linehan
Assistant coach: Courtney Laudati
Record last season: 18-1-2 (Class LL state runner-up)
Upperclassmen: Sr. Kaitlyn Asido; Sr. Allie Baldwin; Sr. Julia Baldwin; Sr. Chloe Bauman; Sr. Abigail Flanigan; Sr. Lauren Humphrey; Sr. Nina Muir; Sr. Erin O’Neill; Sr. Kaitlin Siedel; Sr. Maya Wrobleski; Jr. Abigail Angelillo; Jr. Layla Brown; Jr. Avia Burns; Jr. Sage Carmody; Jr. Jessica Carr; Jr. Alaina Cook; Jr. Sarah Dreschsler; Jr. Kate Hills; Jr. Alexa Lunn; Jr. Allison Mikosz; Jr. Abigale Moses; Jr. Skylar Prinzhorn; Jr. Sofia Scalise; Jr. Riley Wolf
Head coaches: Jim Husbands and Flavio Pereira
Record last season: 5-3-1 (according to MaxPreps)
Upperclassmen: Sr. Samantha Naples; Sr. Arianna Griffin; Sr. Giana Roy; Sr. Reagan Davis; Sr. Zoey Rubins; Jr. Vanessa Visconti; Jr. Abbey Stanford; Jr. Tessa Strasser; Jr. Alexis Irazabal; Jr. Lila Alderete; Jr. Nadia Riemer; Jr. Natalia Riemer.
Head coach: Cristian Irizarry (2nd season)
Assistant coach: Aubrey Baker
Record last season: 3-2-1
Notable returning players: Alice Bidoe (attacking midfielder) and Mya Saylor (center midfielder)
Notable losses: Ariana Rivas (CIAC all-state striker)
Conference outlook: “The CRAL is becoming a stronger league with new additions. [We are] looking forward to having a full season and seeing what the girls can do.”
Team outlook: “The team is looking to build on a season that was cut short because of COVID. I expect Alice to step up into a bigger roll and become the leader we need her to be.”
Head coach: Chris Lynch (4th season)
Assistant coach: Jeff Bemis.
Last year: 7-5, lost in state championship
Captains: Megan Lukaszewski and Jillian Yezierski.
Notable returning players: Megan Lukaszewski (centerback, fullback), Jillian Yezierski (center midfielder), Dezaraya Trusty (striker), Tamoya Bennett (fullback), Diamondlys Marti (midfielder), Sadie Clark (fullback).
Notable losses: Asia Vibert (team MVP) and Madison Ounthongdy.
Conference outlook: “We played in the championship game in a COVID-impacted, altered season. Now, we are back in our normal Technical High School Conference, where last we found ourselves in about the middle position. Despite key senior losses, we’re in a good position to maintain or possibly slightly advance over past performance,” said Lynch.
Team outlook: “We have solid talent but last year we were very thin due to heavy senior losses, and then folks deciding not to play due to COVID or other reasons. To my knowlesge, everyone is returning who we were expecting to return and we may even have two (other) previous players back. Then, there is the unknown of freshmen – they are the wildcard that could help us advance past that middle position in the conference,” said Lynch
Head coach: Brian Rosano (9th season, 57-69-6 all-time)
Assistant coach: Matt Bossi
Record last season: 3-5-2
Notable returning players: Sr. Zoe Zappone (midfield); Sr. Julianna Lloret (defense); Sr. Allison Drake (goalkeeper); Jr. Julia Freimuth (midfield) and So. Grace Daly (forward).
Notable losses: Kelly Poulin, Alivia Cote, Kylie Fernet and Brynn Hudson.
Notable underclassmen: So. Avery Owens (defense); Fr. Megan Hudson (midfield) and Fr. Maya Coviello (forward)
Conference outlook: “While I think Housatonic is the class of the league, Nonnewaug, Litchfield, Northwest and Thomaston will all be threats to claim the top spot of the table.
Team outlook: “This is the smallest group we’ve had at Terryville since I began coaching in the program, and that will be our biggest liability. We have quality players, yet our lack of depth is going to be an issue. Health, fitness and work ethic will be the keys to our success this season. I expect that we will improve throughout the season as our players develop their skills and their stamina, and our success will be measured by the improvement that we show in the second half of our schedule.”
Editor’s note: No information was provided on Plainville girl’s soccer before time of press.