Lyman dives into the new soccer season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Sep. 13, 2011
Lyman's Taylor Casey and Erica LeBeau sandwich East Catholic’s Lauren Martone during a scrimmage on Sept. 10. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Lyman's Taylor Casey and Erica LeBeau sandwich East Catholic’s Lauren Martone during a scrimmage on Sept. 10. Photos by Melanie Savage.

The Lyman Memorial High School girls’ varsity soccer team put together a terrific season for 2010-11, with 14 wins, one tie and one loss during the regular season. They won the title in the ECC Class S division. The number five-seeded Bulldogs breezed past Wolcott and Lauralton Hall during rounds one and two of the state tourney. The quarterfinal round ended the season, as the number four-seeded Northwest Catholic team defeated Lyman by a score of 5-0.

The Bulldogs only lost two seniors to graduation – Kelsey Labas and Stacey Lambert. “They were a really big part of our team,” said senior Brianne Casey, one of this year's three co-captains. “But definitely, I think we have people who will step up to fill that hole. We’re like a big family. We love each other and we work hard for each other.”

Joining Casey in the co-captain role are seniors Erica LeBeau and Rachel Mackewicz. Lauren Monce and Bridget Kelly are the other seniors on the team.

“We played well in our first two scrimmages,” said Casey. On Sept. 10, the Bulldogs faced East Catholic for their final scrimmage of the pre-season. “They’re a good team, very technical, so it’ll be a tough game,” said Mackewicz. Halfway through the scrimmage, with the Bulldogs behind by a score of 1-0, head coach Mark Morello seemed displeased with the pace of the game, looking for his players to pick up their speed. The value of the preseason, where games don't count for the season's record, is that teams can learn what their strengths and weaknesses are and adjust their play accordingly.

This year, the Bulldogs move up into the M Division. They hope to avoid the injuries that plagued the 2010-11 season. “I think we need to stay healthy,” said Casey. “If we stay healthy, I think we’ll be in good shape.”

The Lyman Memorial High School varsity girls’ soccer team has a home game scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 20, against Norwich Free Academy. The game begins at 6:30 p.m. For a full season schedule, go to www.casciac.org.


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