Raider offense expected to lead team to state tournament

By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Sep. 26, 2012
Christina Leonardo dribbles past an East Windsor defender. Photos by Colin Rajala.
Christina Leonardo dribbles past an East Windsor defender. Photos by Colin Rajala.

The Enfield High School girls’ soccer team returns seven starters from last year's team that made the Class M state tournament and finished the season with a 9-5-2 record. The Raiders will be coached by first-year head coach Ashley Hurley, who takes over for Todd Zenczak. Hurley was the school’s junior varsity coach for the last five seasons.

“Our number-one goal is to qualify for the state tournament and to get a home game,” Hurley said. “We are well on our way, starting the season off with five wins. Our leadership and communication on the field is carrying us. Players are stepping off the bench and subbing and not missing a beat. They are playing fluid, playing together, and cohesively.”

The Raider offensive attack will be led by a trio of players who combined to score 23 goals last season. Senior captain and All-Conference forward Sierra Trepacz will command the potent Enfield offense and is likely to receive the most attention from the opposing defenses. Senior captain Kaylee Polmatier and sophomore Olivia Caronna will support Trepacz and add to the team’s firepower. Enfield’s aggressive onslaught will be supported by senior midfielders Carly Roy and Valeigh Kauffman, as well as sophomores Sam Dumas and Christina Leonardo.

The Raider offense hopes to deflect attention from its backline, which is still trying to create an identity after losing All-State defender Patience Bearse. The defense will be controlled by senior captain and goalkeeper Sydney Ballou, who is expected to lead by example. Senior defender Alexys Zaine, as well junior defenders Rachel Bearse and Jordyn Walsh, have stepped up in the early part of the season and will need to continue their strong play if the Raiders hope to earn a home game in the state tournament.

“We are playing great and are getting better and better every game,” Trepacz said.

“We have made so much progress over the past five games,” Ballou said. “We are working well together and coming to the field ready to play every day. We have a positive attitude.”

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