Lady Warriors soccer looks to seniors for leadership

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Windsor - posted Wed., Sep. 21, 2011
Windsor's Sydney Ramkissoon drives toward the goal in the team's preseason scrimmage with East Granby. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Windsor's Sydney Ramkissoon drives toward the goal in the team's preseason scrimmage with East Granby. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Under the direction of second-year head coach Allison Murphy, the Windsor High School girls’ soccer team is setting its sights on the state tournament. After a disappointing 2010 second record of 4-10-2, the Lady Warriors will rely on seniors Ashley Santos, Krystina Jackson, Shannon Lattal, Camiele Caliendo, Alyssa Bengtson and Lindsay Hawes to bring the team to playoff contention.

“The strength of our team is our willingness to learn and want to improve our play,” Murphy said. “The girls have a good sense of camaraderie on and off the field, which is great to see.”

With the help of assistant coach Marci Mullady, Murphy is focusing her efforts on improving day-to-day skill-building in each of her 16 varsity players. “Our goal is to improve our record from last year and qualify for states,” Murphy said. “We need to make sure we stay positive and improve our team performance every game. Our weakness lies in our overall speed and lack of consistency of play.”

Off to a tough start with losses against Platt (2-0) and South Windsor (4-0), the team was looking ahead to proving itself in upcoming games. “Glastonbury and South Windsor have strong teams,” the coach said. “They are consistently good year after year because of their strong feeder programs.”

Murphy expects captain Ashley Santos and her senior teammates to lead by example. “I expect all of my seniors to take on a leadership role because they have been on the team for at least three years, and have been good role models on and off the field during that time,” Murphy said.

“The parents are very helpful and supportive of the team,” Murphy added. “We are slowly building a booster club and hope every year it expands and is involved in more team activities. We are also planning a casino trip fundraiser sometime later this season.”

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