EHHS girls’ soccer hoping for a robust season

By Frances Taylor - ReminderNews
East Hartford - posted Fri., Aug. 31, 2012
The number of players on the EHHS girls’ soccer team is up this year.
The number of players on the EHHS girls’ soccer team is up this year.

With the leadership of returning seniors on the East Hartford High School girls’ soccer team, coach Courtney Moore is looking forward a more robust and high-profile season for the team.

“We have six to seven returning seniors and all four captains, and the strength of our team is in its leadership,” Moore said.

Moore, an East Hartford Middle School teacher, is in her first season of coaching the girls’ soccer team. Last year’s team did not make the state conference, so making the state finals this year will be a priority goal for the team. “I believe we’ll have the number of wins we need to do that,” Moore said.

The leadership of the team includes returning seniors Michaela Hunt, Cassie Qattropani, Paloma Hernandez and Emily Burr. The size of the team is up this year in terms of numbers, which the players hope will make the team stronger.

“Last year we had fewer players, so many times by the second half, players were tired,” Hunt said. “We played a lot of close games."

“I think last year the team spent a lot time getting focused and working together – we got better with each game,” Hernandez said.

Both coach and players said the Hornets girls’ soccer team is also battling a recognition problem, often overshadowed by other more high-profile girls’ fall sports such as volleyball. “I would just like to seen girls’ soccer more built up here in town,” Moore said. “The sport itself is not getting enough recognition; I would like to see more girls involved at a younger age.”

“When we go up against Manchester or Glastonbury, many of those players have been playing since the age of 5, and are much further along in the fundamentals of the game,” Moore said.

The players hope that more wins this season will bring recognition and more spectators to girls’ soccer. “I think when people see us, and hear more about our games, that will bring everyone out to watch,” Quattropani said.

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