RHAM girls' soccer players are experienced, great communicators

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Tue., Sep. 18, 2012
Nicole Jepson juggles the ball during a Sept. 14 game against Hartford Public.
Nicole Jepson juggles the ball during a Sept. 14 game against Hartford Public.

The RHAM girls’ soccer team is facing the 2012 season with a completely new coaching staff. Head coach Melissa Kissane and assistant Becky Curtin came into the program not quite knowing what to expect, but they were pleasantly surprised by what they found. “They have great team chemistry,” Kissane said of her players. “We’ve formed a great bond quickly, which I think shows on the field.”

Part of that is due to the fact that the team includes 10 seniors, many of whom have been playing together since elementary school. “It’s basically the same team as last year,” said co-captain Sydney Aldrich, “but we’ve been playing on the same travel team for a long time. We gel well.”

After RHAM dominated at two early scrimmages, Northwest Catholic provided a tough season-opener on Sept. 11, resulting in a 2-4 loss for RHAM. “We did surprisingly well against them, though,” said Aldrich. Despite the fact that Northwest is a very strong team, the Sachems found themselves maintaining control and providing strong competition.

“I think that was a good first game for them,” said Kissane. “I think they’re realizing how good they can be.”

On Sept. 14, RHAM took on Hartford Public at home, and showed a solid control of the ball and great communication. The final score was 6-0, with the goals spread out among a number of different players.

“Overall, we’re looking for the CCC East championship,” said Aldrich. “And we’d like to advance as far as possible in the states.”

“I think we’re a team that can go very far,” said Kissane. “I think we’re a team that other teams need to pay attention to.”

The three co-captains for this year’s RHAM girls’ varsity soccer team are Sydney Aldrich, Kat Titterton and Brianna Byrne.

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