Windsor girls' soccer team anticipates a successful season

By Calla Vassilopoulos - Staff Writer
Windsor - posted Thu., Sep. 5, 2013
Olivia Lanza plays goalie for Windsor at the scrimmage against Windsor Locks.
Olivia Lanza plays goalie for Windsor at the scrimmage against Windsor Locks.

For the past few years, the Windsor High School girls' soccer team has missed the state tournament by a game or two, but this year looks promising, according to varsity coach Allison Semenuk. Though there are eight freshmen joining the JV and varsity teams, the coach said most are experienced players who have played together at the recreation level for years.

“I have really, really good girls this year, and they get along, which is huge,” said Semenuk. “They are friends inside and outside of school. They all played together in the spring, so we are really looking for more cohesiveness this year.”

The team expects to have five “swing” players this year, meaning some players will play both JV and varsity throughout the season. There are currently two injured players, senior Brianna Pennant and freshman Sophie Sirota, but both are expected to be back next week. Pennant, who has played all four years of high school, said her physical therapist anticipates she will be able to play the first game on Sept. 10.

As Pennant enters her final season, she believes the team has a chance at making the state tournament this year. The only challenge for the team at this point is securing a skilled goalie. Semenuk said the team's goalie for the last few years graduated last year. They are currently working with a sophomore on filling the position.

“I am hoping to have a more successful season than last year,” said Semenuk. “We've got some solid girls coming back who were underclassmen and are now upperclassmen.”

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