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Falcon girls' soccer preview
RUMFORD -- It has been said that changes can be positive and that's exactly what the Mountain Valley girls' soccer team is banking on when the student-athletes assembled for preseason practices.
The Lady Falcons will be under the direction of head coach Lynn Gould, who is confident that being familiar with the players and the program will hopefully be an asset. A major objective will be getting everyone on the same page. This could be helped by a large returning squad who are eager to work hard.
"I am really excited entering this season," said Gould, who has JV coach Peter Koch. "I have coached the majority of these girls since they were in middle school. I started with this year's seniors as sixth graders so it is really special to be able to end their high school soccer playing days with them.''
Points of emphasis during preseason were threefold, however, physical conditioning was the number one emphasis.
There is over one dozen returning players led by a solid group of senior, including Shannon Laubauskas - center mid; Katie Puiia - midfield, Elizabeth Adley - midfield; Stephany Cushman - midfield; Kaitlyn Virigin - forward. Alicia Provencher, Kate Collette and Kristin Gould will be on defense.
The juniors will be strong with Sarah Klein (F); Adelle Oswald (MF) and Taylor Smart - forward/midfield; Samantha Higley (goalie/D), Abby Parent (D) and Eliza Buccina (D).
A trio of sophomores are Karen Flaherty (G), Sydney Petrie (D) and Kelli Trenoweth (F).
"We are looking for a number of different players to find the back of the net," said Gould, regarding offense. Anyone on the front line and midfield could be potential threats."
There are numerous returning JV Players who will also be vying for playing time: Jordyn Turner (D), Tessa Pingree (MF), Karissa Bickford (MF), Ashlyn Young (goalie/D), Joey Buccina (D), Kayla Sinclair (F), Valerie DeRoehn (MF) and Mackenzie Irish (MF).
A weakness will be the loss of some key defensive players.
Several promising newcomers include Jr. Michelle Hale (F) and Lacresha Howard (D); So. Hannah Koch - (MF) and freshmen forwards Abby Mazza, Emily Laubauskas and Ashley Russell; Grace Briggs (G) and midfielders Kelsey Theriault, Alexis Theriault, Samantha Shorey and Julia Perry.
Gould said on this years squad it is all about team not who is the best. All eleven on the field contribute in their own individual ways.