Lady Rams showing versatility, improvement
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Sep. 21, 2012
The Rockville High School girls' varsity soccer team has no lack of skilled players, and is inching toward the cohesiveness it needs to become a stronger team. The Rams notched their first win of the season, a 7-2 rout of Bloomfield, on Sept. 20, showing that they possess offensive firepower at times.
Starting her 14th season as coach, Jennifer Brinisi said her team has great experience in the middle of the field, but is rebuilding up front and at goalie (replacing 2012 graduate All-State keeper Jennie Mears). “We're trying to work in some different players up top,” Brindisi said, adding that she tried usual-defender Sarah Vincze, a junior, in an attack role versus Bloomfield, and Vincze answered that call with a hat-trick.
“She showed me that she's legit up there,” Brindisi said. But Vincze is still part of the plan on defense; along with senior captains Sarah Provencher (All-Conference) and Colleen Donohue, the team is trying to bring new players up to speed in the back.
The team is also working on its play in the scoring third of the field. Brindisi said that while the passing in the middle is as good as it's been in years, crossing into the box, through balls and shooting are high on the practice agenda.
“It's getting goals,” she said. “In that final third, can we finish? We've got to find better attacking – going to goal and finishing. Our forwards are quick, and often they are too far ahead. We have to link up with our midfield and come forward as a team, because if there's a big gap and they take off and go, sometimes its two attackers against four defenders.”
At press time, the Rams were preparing to face Tolland, which Brindisi said would be a big test for the team, and the upcoming game against Fermi should also be a competitive matchup.
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