The 2019 fall sports season is off and running for local high school teams.
The News & Citizen caught up with Lamoille Union girls soccer coach Amy Sparks to see what to expect this season. Here’s a look.
Q: Record and postseason result from last year?
8-6 in the regular season, ranked No. 8 in Division 2 playoffs. Beat No. 9 Hartford 3-1 in the opening round before falling to No. 1 Milton 4-0 in the quarterfinals.
Q: Turnout this season?
36 girls, which is a really good number for us. We have 18 on varsity and 18 on junior varsity. We have eight seniors on varsity, a light junior class and a couple of sophomores and freshmen.
Q: Who are some key returnees?
Our two senior captains, Lily Loomis and Addie Bonath, and our other captain, returning goalie Grae Verner.
Q: Key newcomers to the team?
Not sure yet; the jury is still out on that.
Q: What are some of team strengths?
I think the girls, they really like each other. They’re really well bonded. I think speed is always a strength of ours, and I think they’re really committed, dedicated and hard working.
Q: Any areas you’re looking for improvement?
Solidifying our defense and trying to play our offense a little quicker.
Q: Matchups with key rivals, or games you’ve circled on the schedule?
We have a few. We always circle Stowe and Peoples; those are two of our biggest.
Q: Expectations for the season?
Last year, we wanted to get home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs and we did. That would be the minimum this year. And, it would be nice to not have to face Milton in the quarterfinals again. (Milton has won four straight Division 2 state championships and in the last two years knocked out Lamoille in the quarterfinals.) If the soccer gods could make that happen, I’d be really happy.