Lyman girls' soccer heads into post-season with a winning record
By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Nov. 8, 2011
During the pre-season, Lyman Memorial High School girls’ soccer co-captain Bri Casey predicted that her teammates would successfully fill the hole left by departing seniors Kelsey Labas and Stacey Lambert. “They were a really big part of our team,” said Casey before a September scrimmage. “But definitely, I think we have people who will step up to fill that hole. We’re like a big family. We love each other and we work hard for each other.”
Casey’s assumption has proven prophetic, as the Lyman players prepare for the state tourney with a successful regular season behind them. The Bulldogs are 13 and 3, after losing to Waterford on Nov. 3, during double overtime of the semifinal game of the ECC league tournament with a final score of 2-1.
The Bulldogs’ three losses came during the first three games of the season. “It took a while to get things going,” said head coach Mark Morello. Early-season injuries might be partially to blame. Tropical storm Irene threw off schedules state-wide and likewise might have contributed.
“After three losses, they kind of put it together and turned things around,” said Morello. “That intensity, the right frame of mind, they weren’t there. But they turned things around and put together a strong season.” In some ways, the early-season difficulties proved to be a blessing in disguise, according to the coach. “It created a situation where three subs really played like six subs,” said Morello. “We have some very flexible players.”
Success in the state tourney will take “a good bracket and a little luck,” said Morello. “At this point in the season, we’re working on really sharpening our fundamentals and working as a unit on the field.”
Seniors on the 2011 Lyman Memorial girls’ soccer team are Brie Casey, Lauren Munce, Erika Lebeau, Rachel Mackewicz and Bridget Kelly. The assistant coaches are Jessica Castillo and Dick Tanger. Co-captains are Brie Casey, Erika Lebeau and Rachel Mackewicz.
Go to www.casciac.org for brackets for state tournament matchups. Lyman should enter the tourney with a number-two seed, behind only Classical Magnet (14-1-1).