Fresh faces fill Griswold High School girls' soccer roster

By Janice Steinhagen - Staff Writer
Griswold - posted Mon., Sep. 9, 2013
Junior midfielder Kiley Flynn sets up her shot during Griswold girls' soccer practice. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.
Junior midfielder Kiley Flynn sets up her shot during Griswold girls' soccer practice. Photos by Janice Steinhagen.

The Wolverine girls’ soccer team is facing a major overhaul this season, with a roster full of new faces and a beefed-up approach. “Attitude and dedication are far and away the biggest improvement I’ve seen since last year,” said head coach Chris Morth. Last season, despite a full complement of seniors and some talented underclassmen, “we simply could not win games, and that was 100 percent due to a lack of character and camaraderie,” the coach said. The season record of 6-5-5 bears that out.

After losing Brittany Schaffer, Chelsea Camacho and Kendall McGrath to graduation, Morth is returning only a handful of last year’s starters to the field. Among his leaders are captains Caitlyn Marsh, a senior; junior Heidi Willard, and sophomore Alex Tamburrino.

“We have an extremely young team, so there are a lot of girls who will be getting significant varsity playing time this year,” said Morth. Much of the onus will fall on the sizeable group of sophomore players, which includes Tamburrino, Brianna Kerby, Brianna Kinnie, Ann Vigil, Kayleigh Waters, Toriann Winnick and Brittany Torchia. These players, he said, “will be vitally important this season. If we’re going to be successful as a team, they’re going to all need to take large steps forward in terms of confidence and toughness at the varsity level.”

The long-standing rivalry with St. Bernard takes on new intensity this year, as senior midfielder Talia Coleman transferred to St. Bernard after last season. To further up the ante, Lyman Memorial has been moved into the Small division. “They are always a very, very tough club,” said Morth.

The Wolverines play against Portland at home this Saturday, at 11 a.m., then host the Saints for a Sept. 17 grudge match at 4 p.m. Their full schedule can be found at http://www.griswold.k12.ct.us/page.cfm?p=1751&teamID=7

 


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