EGHS girls’ soccer begins season

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
East Granby - posted Wed., Sep. 21, 2011
East Granby girls' soccer player Kayla Johnson runs downfield in the team's Sept. 9 preseason scrimmage with Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
East Granby girls' soccer player Kayla Johnson runs downfield in the team's Sept. 9 preseason scrimmage with Windsor. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Sept. 9, the sidelines at the East Granby High School soccer pitch looked more like the first round of playoffs than a preseason scrimmage. Fans got their first glimpse of the season to come, and the power behind this year’s roster, led by seniors Caroline Eastman, Carlynn DeVane, Missy Kulik, Kierstin Walker, Morgan Winzer, Brianna Raymes, Brianna Ayers, Katelynn Vanaags and Valerie Price.

“Our goal this year is to qualify for the state tournament,” said five-year head coach Jill DeVane. Assisted by coach Tim Doherty, DeVane is focused on improving on last year’s 6-8-2 record. East Granby fell to Cognanchaug in the first round of the 2010 playoffs.

Captains Carlynn DeVane and Caroline Eastman are this year’s team leaders. “Captains are expected to be leaders on and off the field,” the coach said. “I am looking for all of the upper classmen to be teachers. Most have been playing for me long enough where they should start to be the coaches on the field, guiding the less-experienced players.”

A combined total of 26 players make up the varsity and junior varsity rosters, including 2009 All-Conference senior Missy Kulik.

Opening with a difficult 4-1 loss against Somers, the team faces strong division opponents right from the start, including a home game versus Coventry on Sept. 29. “Bolton, Stafford and Canton tend to be our top rivals,” coach DeVane commented. “All the teams are equally talented. Games are usually quite competitive, and some go into overtime.”

With strong support from both EGHS’s athletic department and parent volunteers, DeVane is looking forward to the team’s upcoming special events. “On Oct. 14, we have a home game under the lights against Windsor Locks,” she said. “The varsity girls play at 6, followed by the varsity boys’ game around 8.”

A full schedule can be found at www.casciac.org.


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