WVHS Girls' Soccer Leaning on Experience
With 12 returning letter winners from last year’s squad, the Wyalusing Valley girls’ soccer team has a solid base to start the 2011 season.
Second-year head coach Nick Maghamez is also optimistic that a number of talented freshmen will bolster the Lady Rams’ chances in what should be a competitive Northern Tier League race.
“I foresee our veterans providing strong leadership,” Maghamez said.
Among the top returnees are seniors Courtney Eberlin, Lauren Chadwick, Liz Keeney, Cathryn Pugh and Jordan Armitage, who earned All-NTL honors during last year’s 12-7 campaign.
Eberlin, who was the team’s Defensive Player of the Year, was Wyalusing’s only All-NTL first-team selection in 2010.
Chadwick, Keeney and Pugh were second-team selections, while Armitage made the honorable mention list.
The other returning letter winners included seniors Bethany Hulsizer and Sydney Snyder, juniors Abby Borel and Morgan Doerner and sophomores Ciera Holland, Kayleen Sutton and Kaci Woznicki.
Led by Eberlin, the defense will be key to a successful season.
“The defense will be the cornerstone by providing stability and consistency,” Maghamez noted.
He is concerned about a lack of varsity experience in goal with the graduation of last season’s starter Caitlyn Doerner.
“I’m confident someone will emerge as the varsity starter,” Maghamez said.
Offensively, Chadwick was the team’s top scorer by a huge margin last year with 19 goals.
While last year’s assist leader Kaitlyn Faulkner graduated, Maghamez is hoping the incoming freshmen will take up the slack.
“The offense possesses athleticism and youth and will continue to improve as chemistry develops,” he said.
His freshmen “all possess high ceilings of potential.”
Entering the season opener at Towanda on Sept. 10, Maghamez has been pleased with the team’s progress.
“Everyone has been working extremely hard,” he said. “The dedication of these girls is really special.”
The team did have one pre-season scrimmage with Millville and Maghamez described it as a bit of a reality check after a productive pre-season camp.
“We all realize that improvement is crucial to taking the next step,” he said.
Maghamez expects Athens to be the top contender in the league with Towanda and Troy in the mix. He is also leery of Sayre.
“They are going to surprise some people,” he said of the Lady Redskins.
Dennis Dibble and David Faulkner are the assistant coaches.
Seniors: Jordan Armitage, Lauren Chadwick, Courtney Eberlin, Bethany Hulsizer, Liz Keeney, Courtney Larson, Cathryn Pugh and Sydney Snyder.
Juniors: Abby Borel, Morgan Doerner, Katie Prichard and Jonecca Robinson.
Sophomores: Connor Dietz, Brooklynn Edgerton, Ciera Holland, Sarah Lopez, McKenzi Millard, Lisa Saxe, Kayleen Sutton and Kaci Woznicki.
Freshmen: Lily Carter, Ally DeVoir, Kasey DeVoir, Paighton Martin, Olivia Minturn, Tiffany Newton, Taylor Salsman and Morgan Sutton.