Stafford High School girls’ soccer tops East Windsor

By Kathryn Elliott - ReminderNews
Stafford - posted Thu., Sep. 29, 2011
Kianna Woods drives the ball downfield in Stafford's 5-1 victory over East Windsor. Woods scored three goals. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Kianna Woods drives the ball downfield in Stafford's 5-1 victory over East Windsor. Woods scored three goals. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

On Sept. 26, the Stafford High School girls’ soccer team traveled to East Windsor for a head-to-head match up with the Lady Panthers. With temperatures rivaling mid-July, the team took the field in a closely matched offensive battle.

SHS coach Steve Budaj and his team of 25 came out strong. Led by seniors Dani Clark, Morgan Quagliaroli, Brittany Blythe and Melissa McCloskey, Stafford pulled out a 5-1 victory.

“I thought we played okay today; I think we were bothered by the humidity a little,” Budaj said. “It was a good game for the younger players to step up, and they did.”

So far this season, junior Kianna Woods is the team’s lead scorer with 6 goals; 3 of those coming in the game against East Windsor. “I love taking people on,” she said. “I want to help the team and give directions on the field when I can.”

Fellow junior Lauren Webb has set a goal for herself this season. “I’m hoping to be more of a leader this year,” Webb said. “I love the intensity and competition of the game.”

McCloskey contributed one goal against East Windsor. “Melissa is a junior and big contributor to the team,” Budaj said.

Senior co-captians Clark and Quagliaroli provide leadership both on and off the pitch. “Every game I like getting everyone up, building intensity,” Clark said. “We work very hard and come out each game determined to do the best we can.”

Quagliaroli pays close attention to game strategy. “It is important for us to make continuous passes downfield,” she said. “Our goal is to come closer as a team and work toward the states.”

In addition to his seniors, Budaj is looking for strong contributions from Jenna Eaton and Vanessa Knowlton. He recognized the challenging schedule ahead. “The NCCC is very tough this year. Any one of four teams could win the conference - Granby, Avon, Suffield and Enfield. We are hoping to improve from last season and build for the future,” he said.

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


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