RHAM girls' soccer successful under new coaching staff

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Hebron - posted Fri., Nov. 16, 2012
RHAM co-captains (l-r) Sydney Aldrich, Brianna Byrne and Kat Titterton. File photos by Melanie Savage.
RHAM co-captains (l-r) Sydney Aldrich, Brianna Byrne and Kat Titterton. File photos by Melanie Savage.

With a hard-fought loss against Pomperaug in the Class L quarterfinals on Nov. 14, the RHAM girls’ soccer team brought to a close a highly successful season.

Coming into 2012 with a completely new coaching staff, the Sachems had “great team chemistry,” according to head coach Melissa Kissane. “We’ve formed a great bond quickly, which I think shows on the field,” Kissane said at the start of the season. Kissane is assisted by Becky Curtin.

This year’s team includes 10 seniors, many of whom have been playing together since elementary school. At the start of the season, co-captain Sydney Aldrich set out a goal of capturing the CCC East championship and advancing as far as possible in the state tourney. Finishing up the regular season with a 13-3 record, the Sachems finished with 13-1 in the CCC East, capturing the league title.

In the Class L state tourney, RHAM easily defeated both Sheehan (final score 6-0) and Bacon Academy (final score 3-0) to advance to the quarterfinal round.

RHAM (number-three seed) faced Pomperaug (number-11 seed) at the neutral territory of Eastern Connecticut State University. The final score was 3-2, with all three Pomperaug goals scored by junior Hailey Marquis. Marquis scored the game-winning goal with just nine minutes to go in the game, and RHAM was unable to generate further scoring.

The three co-captains for this year’s RHAM girls’ varsity soccer team were Sydney Aldrich, Kat Titterton and Brianna Byrne. In addition to the co-captains, the seniors on this year’s team were Caitlyn Ayotte, Mykaela Scarpace, Alex Cascio, Nicole Jepson, Nicole Aquillo, Marissa Larned and Susan Stowe.

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