Senior Warriors hope to end careers with tournament berth

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Fri., Sep. 7, 2012
Senior Caitlin McDonald takes a corner kick during a scrimmage versus East Granby on Sept. 6. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Senior Caitlin McDonald takes a corner kick during a scrimmage versus East Granby on Sept. 6. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Windsor High School Warriors girls’ soccer team is looking to build upon its 2011 season where it graduated six seniors with a lot of varsity experience and compiled a 4-11 overall record, good enough for a sixth-place finish in the Central Connecticut Conference North. This year’s team looks to rebuild and reload with 11 upperclassmen, including six seniors, three of which are captains: fullback Katie Wenner, midfielder Kate Ackerson and goalie/midfielder Katie McLoughlin.

“I hope to make the state tournament because we haven’t in the past couple of years,” said McLoughlin. “We haven’t made it to the tournament during our time here, so it is our main goal for our final season. We have a lot of talent that is coming back this year, so I hope we can step up and play better and finish off our goal.”

Windsor will be sporting a new formation this season, a 4-3-3, which they hope fortifies and bolsters down their defense. The four defenders on the back line will help protect the inexperienced goal-keeping tandem of McLoughlin and junior Leah Cagney-Vella. The defense will need to step up to protect the net and support the new goalkeepers, as last season Windsor was outscored 36-5 in its losses. The base formation will also help on the attack because no extra defenders will need to come up and join the effective and skilled forwards. The Windsor offensive is potent when it is in rhythm; they outscored opponents 15-4 during their wins last year.

“We all work really well together,” said Ackerson. “We all like each other so we have a positive attitude. Everyone is really comfortable with the formation. It’s going to help us move the ball around and work as a team.”

The Warriors continue to work hard in the preseason to prepare themselves for the rough division schedule they will face. They are working hard on their conditioning, running at every practice so they can compete for an entire 90 minutes and finish games strong. Windsor is also practicing and drilling to improve their foot skills and possession of the ball. They believe they will need to make better first touches to keep possession and attack in their new formation.

The Warriors' home opener is Tuesday, Sept. 18, versus Glastonbury.

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