Fermi soccer season begins; girls prepare to go far

By Jennifer Holloway - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Thu., Sep. 8, 2011
The Fermi girls' soccer team played small-sided scrimmages during practice to work on ball control. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.
The Fermi girls' soccer team played small-sided scrimmages during practice to work on ball control. Photos by Jennifer Holloway.

Determination will play a large part in the success of the Fermi High School girls’ soccer team this season, as the Falcons lost nine seniors to graduation, including eight starters. Head coach Bob Evans feels the team’s desire to play and succeed will make up for inexperience.

“They’ve got the want,” he said. “It’s a very tight team. They’re young but working well together.”

On Sept. 3, the Falcons played in the Conard Jamboree, where Evans said the team played one game, sat out the next and then played back-to-back. What stood out to Evans was the girls’ effort. “They always kept pushing,” he said.

Evans’ short-term goal for his team is to see them qualify for the state tournament once again. If they make it, this will be the 12th consecutive year for the Falcons. Long-term, he wants to help the players who are looking to play at the next level, but seeing the entire team attend college - soccer scholarship or not - is a priority.

“Education has to be first,” Evans said. “I would love to be able to submit the team for an honor award for grades.”

Fermi’s three senior captains share their coach’s goal of making it to the state tournament, and they are looking to make it past the first round.

“I think we’ll do well,” said Erica DeGiule.

“We’re in better shape at this point than we were last year,” said Ellen Cote.

To achieve this goal, Evans has changed his focus in practice. “In the past, we ran a lot, but now we do conditioning on the field with the ball,” he said.

Another change for the Falcons is their defense. Joining the team this year is JV head coach Carrie Bushnell, who played the new defense in college at Eastern Connecticut. Bushnell said she looks forward to helping the girls adjust to the changes and offer tips and advice.

“Our defense will be tough to attack,” said Cote.


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