Senior-laden Falcons poised to return to state tournament
By Colin Rajala - Staff Writer
Enfield - posted Wed., Sep. 26, 2012
Last season the Enrico Fermi High School girls’ soccer team missed the state tournament for the first time in 12 years behind a rash of injuries and close losses. This year’s senior-laden squad hopes to put the Falcons back on their winning ways as they compete for a Class L state tournament berth.
“They are a really tight group, their friendships on and off the field carry,” said Robert Evans, head coach. “I’m hoping their experience and their tightness as a group will carry through in the tough spots. They want to play; if I have someone filling in where they normally don’t, they go out no problems and try their hardest.”
The group of 12 seniors fully expects to make the state tournament and advance to end their careers on a positive note, saying that they must remain strong mentally and physically if they want to accomplish their goals.
“As a team, we work together to hold each other up. If one of us goes down, we all work together to help bring them back up,” said Kimberly Evans, senior captain and midfielder.
The offensive attack will be led by senior captain and midfielder Stephanie Wence, who will look to build off of a strong junior season, when she netted 10 goals on her way to being named All-Conference. Supporting the Falcon offense will be senior Rae-Ann Brodeur and junior Ashley Kennedy. Look out for freshman Kyliee Vermette to earn some quality minutes and tally some goals as the season progresses.
The Falcon backlines will be led by Allie Griffin, who returns from a season-ending knee injury last season. The defense will be bolstered by seniors Brooke Strevel, Nicole Pannella and Taylor Foote.
“We are looking very strong this year, so hopefully we can go a lot further than we did last year,” Wence said. “We are a lot closer this year, so that will help out on the field. We have a lot of positive energy and we are looking to go out with a bang.”