In her first year as the Bristol Central girls coccer head coach, Victoria Malick has the Rams off to a hot start, winning their first two games convincingly. The Rams beat Middletown 3-1 in their season opener last week and shut out Plainville 3-0 during their home opener Tuesday.
Malick, who has been the assistant coach for the last five years, said the team has looked really good going into the season and has been aided by the chemistry of the amount of returning starters.
“Consistency is key,” Malick said. “The girls have worked together for at least four years and they know each other. They know how each other plays.”
Returning to the field for the 2022 season include Maddy Corcoran, Christina Browne, Emily Lowe, Lexi Roy, Abby Duval, Abby Hansen, Abby Quintero, Beccy Litwinczyk, Sophia Dalipi, Emily Blanchette, Mikayla Holland as well as captains Ava Bouchard and Rachel Wygant, who scored twice in the Rams win over Plainville.
Malick said the team also has a few new additions. She said some of the players to watch this season are Kaylynn Lapointe and Francesca Amara.
“Last year we weren't as successful as we could be,” Malick said. “Again, we have a lot of returning starters, we’ve changed lineups, we’ve moved people around and I think it should be a real successful season.”
Success for the Rams this season is defined as progression throughout the year. Bristol Central is not only seeking to make it to the state tournament, but they also just want to progress as a team from game to game.
Wygant said this year the mindset is clearly different from the team. She said as seniors that are trying to go out with a bang, but enjoy the process as well.
“I think success for me is honestly winning with my team, bonding with my team and having fun,” Wygant said. “I want to win this season, but also have fun.”
Winning their first two games has given the Rams the confidence and motivation to move forward. Abby Hansen said last season after they would lose a game they would hang their heads, but this season the mentality and the aurora around the team is much different.
She said with winning the first game it is clear that the team has progressed.
“It definitely has put drive into us that we can do it,” Hansen said. “It shows that we are progressing from last year.”
Malick said as a coach her motivation is her players. She said the team wants to win and it’s up to her to give them the tools they need to be successful.
“My job is to put together pieces to help them achieve their goals,” Malick said. “I’m in it for them.”