Sandwich Junior Varsity Girls' Soccer Posts Winning Season
By: Dan Crowley
The 2012 Sandwich High School junior varsity girls’ soccer team finished the recent fall season with a 9-6-3 record. A young team, made up of 16 sophomores and three freshmen, the Knights opened the season on September 4 at Barnstable with a 5-3 victory over the Red Raiders. The team didn’t play their home opener until September 18, when they hosted Nauset, winning 6-0.
“Peyton Brito was our goalkeeper,” Coach John Simkins said. “She gained more confidence as the season went along. Peyton finished the season with six shutouts.”
The Knights played a strong defense in front of Brito led by Andrea Schesinger and Rae LaRochelle.
“”Andrea and Rae are freshmen,” Simkins pointed out. “They were a huge part of our defense, both playing very well from their center back positions. Also on the back line were sophomores Emily MacDonald, Maddie Kais, Abby LeVangie, Sarah Archambeault and Meghan Baker. Each one of them contributed a great deal to the success of the team.”
September ended with the Knights hosting Barnstable and completing the season sweep with a 3-0 victory. They opened October at home again with a 3-3 tie with Marshfield. Two days later on the 3rd, the team hosted Plymouth North and again settled for a tie, this time by a 1-1 score.
After back-to-back ties, the JV squad broke into the win column with an 8-0 trouncing of visiting Dennis-Yarmouth.
“We had a strong midfield this season,” Coach Simkins said, “with freshmen Sam Paige, Colleen Macdonald and Jessica Langley anchoring the middle. We had speed and power from our outside midfielders, who did a great job fighting for the ball and getting back on defense. Our outside midfielders were Kathryn Karolzak and Allie Pannoni, Taylor Eccleston, Marcelle Goldberg and Brooke Hanson. They were able to play both midfield and striker for the team. We were very lucky to have all of them as they contributed in any position they were asked to play. Brooke was on track to score a good number of goals, but became ill and missed most of the season. She had five goals in the first three games and along with her positive attitude was chosen as a team leader. Sophomores Amy Bolton, Kate Ross and Katie Lowry played up top and did a great job pressuring the opponent’s defense.”
This fall the Defensive Player of the Year Award for the JV squad went to LaRochelle.
“Rae is the type of player that can be anywhere on the field and have a huge impact,” the coach explained.
The Offensive Player of the Year Award went to Lowry.
“Katie was by far the toughest player on the team,” Coach Simkins pointed out. “She made a lot of things happen up top.”
The Coaches Award went to Karolzak.
“Kathryn was one of the players I could turn to when things needed to be done,” Simkins said. “She was chosen as one of the team leaders because of her positive attitude and her ability to play both the midfield and was a very strong defender.”
The Most Valuable Player Award for the JV team went to Emily MacDonald this year.
“Emily is the hardest working athlete I have coached and I could always count on her to be there,” Coach Simkins said. “She has a calming demeanor about her, but is one of the most competitive players. Emily was also selected as one of the team leaders this season for just those reasons.”
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