Putnam girls' soccer team shuts out Holy Family

By Denise Coffey - Staff Writer
Putnam - posted Tue., Oct. 4, 2011
The Clippers' record is 5-1-2 after Monday's game. Photos by Denise Coffey.
The Clippers' record is 5-1-2 after Monday's game. Photos by Denise Coffey.

With the recent 5-0 win over Holy Family, the Putnam High School girls’ soccer team has improved its record to 5-1-2. “I was happy with what they did today,” said coach Richard Konieczny. “They were making back passes and releasing the ball. They were swinging the ball from one side to the other. My goalie did the same. So I'm very pleased with the progress they've made from the beginning of the year.”

Konieczny brings a new soccer program to Putnam in this first year of his coaching appointment. “It's a new system,” he said. “We're a little more control-oriented. We're doing a little more passing. It took a while for the kids to adjust to that. I'm pleased with the progress we've made from the first few games we played.”

He credits all of his players for the way they've stepped up their game, but he gave special credit to freshman Lexie Rogers for performing well under pressure, as sweeper. “She's really made a great adjustment. She's really helped us with her speed,” said Konieczny.

He also credits Ayana Perex, the Clippers’ leading scorer, with being quick to the ball. Perez has seven goals to her credit.

Megan Heaney was able to make a great transition when her position changed. “She's done a good job, and she plays the left side. She is left-footed, so it definitely helps,” Konieczny said.

He's been able to move his players in and out with substitutions. “They play as hard as they can, and when they need a break, the kids that I put in also do a great job. We just keep rotating,” said Konieczny.

The Clippers' preparation and strategy kept Holy Family deep in their own end of the field for most of the game. Putnam's goalkeeper, Abigail Allard, had to watch the plays from a distance for most of the game.

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