Lady Rams re-building, but could surprise
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Vernon - posted Fri., Sep. 6, 2013
Like their male counterparts, the Rockville High School girls' soccer team will begin the year with a new coach. Marek Przybylek has previously been an assistant coach for the men's and women's teams at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He has also played soccer for his whole life, he said, including for AIC, as well as in Europe for 15 years.
With only two seniors, the varsity squad has a slew of freshmen, and only a few bench players. While they are young, Przybylek said, his players are very talented and eager to play, and have a lot of potential for future improvement.
"I think we're building a strong program," he said. "We don't have the numbers yet, but my girls are showing a lot of character. They're still learning, but they are smart on the field, and always come together as a team on the field."
Working on defense will be a priority, as Przybylek said most other teams on Rockville's schedule have larger numbers and more experience, so clamping down on opponents' scoring will be the route through which the Rams keep themselves in games.
"We're probably going to be defending the net a lot, at least for the next couple of games," he said, adding that the team will also be working to improve the mid-field passing. He also said that will lead to the team's best scoring chances, which include playing the ball through to speedy senior forward Michelle Correia.
"The girls are doing what they are supposed to, working hard on the field," Przybylek said. "They are just a little behind the other teams [experience-wise]."
Keeping the players he has healthy will be key to the season, which will be a challenge, because pushing them too fast too soon could backfire; but if the right balance is found, the Lady Rams could steal a few wins.
"I think we can come up with some surprises this season," Przybylek said. "We have good athletes, and their commitment to what we're doing is excellent."
Rockville hosts Wethersfield on Sept. 10 to start the regular season, and then hosts Bloomfield on Sept. 13.
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