Windsor High School girls’ soccer celebrates Senior Night

By Kathryn Elliott - Reminder News
Windsor - posted Wed., Oct. 26, 2011
WHS took on rival East Catholic under the lights at Jack O'Brien Stadium on Oct. 20. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.
WHS took on rival East Catholic under the lights at Jack O'Brien Stadium on Oct. 20. Photos by Kathryn Elliott.

In knit hats, mittens and various Windsor High School athletic garb, fans gathered in the bleachers at Jack O’Brien stadium on Oct. 20 to pay tribute to girls’ soccer team seniors Ashley Santos, Shannon Lattal, Camile Caliendo, Alyssa Bengtson, Krystina Jackson and Lindsay Hawes. Streamers, balloons and cheers of support surrounded the Lady Warriors as they took the field for their final home game against their division rival, East Catholic.

Coach Allison Murphy commented on the contributions each senior brought to the WHS soccer program, beginning with team captain, Ashley Santos.

“Ashley is a leader on and off the field and someone every girl looks up to and respects,” Murphy said. A basketball and soccer player for WHS, Santos plans on attending a four-year college and studying criminal justice.

“My favorite memory on the soccer team is our huddles,” Santos said with a smile. “Pulling together like that before each game is the best part.”

Shannon Lattal recalled her favorite moment on the pitch this season. “Amanda Santos had a big goal against Glastonbury and I had the assist.” Murphy regards Lattal as a strong defensive leader who communicates well with the players around her.

“Camile Caliendo has a good feel for the field and does a great job communicating with our offense,” Murphy said.

Manager of the boys’ swim team and also a lacrosse player, Caliendo commented on Murphy’s philosophy. “Coach says to always keep your head up, stay positive and play hard,” she said.

Planning on studying primary education in the fall, Alyssa Bengtson also wrestles for Windsor. “Alyssa shows great effort on the field and is constantly trying to better herself,” Murphy said.

When asked for the best advice Murphy ever gave her, Bengtson replied, “Concentration is key!”

Krystina Jackson is a year-round soccer player. “She has great ball control and foot skills and moves the ball very well on the field, giving our team scoring opportunities,” the coach said.

Jackson recounted her best WHS soccer memory: “Scoring two against Wethersfield,” she said.

Murphy described the final senior, Lindsay Hawes, as an aggressive player able to win the ball and remain poised on her possessions. “Coach tells us to keep trying, keep pushing, no matter what. I have had a great experience on the team,” Hawes said.

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