Suffield High School girls’ soccer looks to defend title

By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Suffield - posted Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
Suffield's Brittany Champagne goes head-to-head with a Windsor Locks player. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
Suffield's Brittany Champagne goes head-to-head with a Windsor Locks player. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

Returning from a 20-0 2010 season, when they were the Class M girls’ soccer state champions, Suffield High School is in the hunt for a repeat performance. At 11-2 so far this season, the Lady Wildcats are proving once again they are in it to win it.

In 1997, coach Dave Sullivan began his career as Suffield High School’s girls’ soccer coach. “Our goal every year is to win the NCCC and state championship,” Sullivan said. Assisted by Kelly McEleney and Justin Drago, Sullivan leads a team of 21.

“Our strength is that we continue to get better and better with each game and will be ready to compete in the very difficult Class M state championship coming in November,” the coach said. “A weakness - we have a very inexperienced team which is talented but needs to come together as a team when it counts the most.”

Captains Brianna Bishop, Peri Stevens and Alexa Keney have stepped into leadership roles. “Brianna and Peri have been in the program for three years and know what is expected,” Sullivan said.

The starting right mid-fielder, Bishop has been kicking the soccer ball since third grade. “We play as hard as we can in each game,” she said.

At left mid-field, Stevens stressed the importance of working together. “If we want to win, we need to play like a team,” she said. “I know I can rely on my teammates on and off the field.”

In addition to the captains, Sullivan singled out sophomore sweeper Jillian Consolini as a player to watch. “I believe if we play as a team, we win like a team,” Consolini said.

Sullivan commented on the support shown to the team. “We are extremely fortunate to have a very active Booster Club at Suffield High School, not just for girls’ soccer, but for all sports,” he said.

Sullivan also recognized the strength his players bring to the classroom. “In the 14 years I have coached the girls, we have never had a single player academically ineligible,” he said. “We believe family and academics come first.”

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