RHAM’s reigning Class L soccer champs look ahead to new season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Wed., Sep. 7, 2011
Brittney Lovett of the RHAM girls' soccer team works on cleaning the car of RHAM boys' soccer captain Tim Whalen during the team's car wash fundrasier. Whalen made the girls work for their donation by bringing in a car covered in mud. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Brittney Lovett of the RHAM girls' soccer team works on cleaning the car of RHAM boys' soccer captain Tim Whalen during the team's car wash fundrasier. Whalen made the girls work for their donation by bringing in a car covered in mud. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Their tryouts were delayed on Aug. 27, due to the impending threat of tropical storm Irene, but it was business-as-usual for the RHAM High School girls’ soccer team on Sept. 3, as they held their traditional car wash fundraiser at Tarca’s Hebron Automotive on Wall Street.

The reigning Class L state champions look forward to another successful season, despite the loss of key players and head coach Jen Stahl.

Stahl, a math teacher at RHAM, left the team after the birth of a baby, according to team co-captain Olivia Rivosa. “With the new baby, I think it was just too much, which is completely understandable,” said Rivosa.

Graduating at the end of the 2010-2011 school year were key players Kristen Brett and Audra Ayotte. But the team still has plenty of talent in its ranks, including Rivosa, who ended the ’10-’11 season holding the number-one position for assists, according to the Connecticut Association of Schools/Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference. “I think we can do it again,” said Rivosa. “It’s definitely possible as a team.”

RHAM girls’ soccer tryouts were rescheduled for Sept. 6 and 7. Assistant coach Kim Hills and incoming head coach John Evans would be seeking to fill a number of positions on the varsity team, according to Rivosa. “They will be looking to move players up from JV,” she said.

Evans comes to the team with considerable experience. He played semi-professional soccer in England, and has coached Major League Soccer Camps (Youth Elite Soccer) in the U.S.

The car wash fundraiser, which has become a tradition in recent years, raises money for expenses not covered by the school. “We generally buy t-shirts, shorts, warm-up suits, socks, things like that,” said Rivosa. “Anything additional that we need.”

Making the girls work for their donation was RHAM varsity boys’ soccer team captain Tim Whalen. He drove up in a Subaru covered from bumper to bumper with mud. “I think he just threw mud at it,” said girls’ team member Kat Titterton, grabbing a sponge and getting to work.

The co-captains for the RHAM girls’ varsity soccer team for 2011-2012 are Olivia Rivosa, Jenna Hovey and Abby Mulligan.


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