Lyman Memorial Bulldogs rack up ties to open the season

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Lebanon - posted Tue., Sep. 17, 2013
Goalkeeper Cara Habicht practices with the Lyman Memorial girls' soccer team on Sept. 12. Photos by Melanie Savage.
Goalkeeper Cara Habicht practices with the Lyman Memorial girls' soccer team on Sept. 12. Photos by Melanie Savage.

For their first game of the new season, the Lyman Memorial High School girls’ soccer team took on a much larger school, Norwich Free Academy. NFA provided an early-season test for Lyman, according to assistant coach Dick Tanger. “We competed with them, and outshot them,” said Tanger. Unfortunately, shots weren’t going in, and Lyman ended up with a tie for the first game of the season. But, “We kept up with them,” said Tanger.

“We were still trying to find ourselves,” said head coach Mark Morello, adding that he still saw a lot of positives during the season-opening game.

Looking ahead, Tanger said there were a number of injuries that the team had to contend with, and the team expected an 11-person roster for the second game of the season, against Bacon Academy (which ended in another tie, at 0-0, on Sept. 13).

“We have four possible lineups,” said Morello, “because I don’t know who will be healthy.” The Bulldogs have been bumped up to Class M from S this year for the state competition, after making it to the quarterfinals for several years in a row. The Bulldogs have also won or tied their conference for the past 10 years.

With seven seniors on the roster, the Bulldogs have some experience in the starting lineup. The starting goalkeeper, junior Cara Habicht, has three years at the varsity level behind her. Seniors captains Corrie Hoyt, Nicole Monce and Aubrey Coutu also have some experience. The seniors are a strong group, “So they’ll do a good job of leading the team,” said Morello.

“They’re working hard, there’s talent,” said Tanger. “It’s always a competitive conference. We’re going to have to play well to win. If we stay healthy, we should be competitive.”

The seniors on this year’s Lyman Memorial High School girls’ soccer team are: Corrie Hoyt, Nicole Monce, Aubrey Coutu, Sarah Fontaine, Rachel Lambert, Alicia Mackewicz and Amanda Ausburger. Senior Saxon Billett serves as the manager for the team.

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