Bulldogs look for cohesion as season opens

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Sep. 11, 2012
Lyman Memorial goalie Cara Habicht handles the ball during a Sept. 8 scrimmage against East Catholic. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Lyman Memorial goalie Cara Habicht handles the ball during a Sept. 8 scrimmage against East Catholic. Photos by Melanie Savage.

After putting together a 13-3 season in 2011 and earning a bye for round one of the state tournament, the Lyman Memorial girls’ soccer team was knocked out of the Class S finals during round two by East Hampton. The loss of several key players leaves the Bulldogs with a combined team. “We have a mix of veterans and younger players who will be counted on heavily to help with the success of the team,” said head coach Mark Morello, in his 24th year as coach of the team.

During a Sept. 8 scrimmage against East Catholic (the fifth scrimmage for this year’s team), the Bulldogs were still a bit tentative with their offensive attack. “Our biggest concerns are getting the newer/younger players to get in the flow with the veterans and feel comfortable in their new surroundings,” said Morello. “They need to gel more as a unit on the field.”

As usual, said Morello, the team’s goal will be to win their division - this year ECC Medium. “The underlying goal is to stay healthy and continue to develop our bench strength,” he added.

Already first-string goalkeeper Mary Labas was sitting out the East Catholic scrimmage with a back injury, leaving Cara Habicht to fill in. Labas said she was on the mend, though, and hoped to be ready to go for the first game of the season on Sept. 11 against Woodstock Academy (away).

The seniors on this year’s Lyman Memorial girls’ varsity soccer team are: Mary Labas, Sarah Acerbo, Madeleine Flannery, Joanna Weir, Casey Kelly and Rebecca Novotny. Sharing co-captain duties are Labas, Weir and Corrie Hoyt.

Catch the Bulldogs in their first home game of the season on Friday, Sept. 21, against St. Bernard, beginning at 6:30 p.m. For a full season schedule go to www.casciac.org.


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