The fall sports season is off and running for local high school teams.
The Stowe Reporter caught up with Stowe High School girls soccer coach Tyler Post to see what to expect this season. Here’s a look.
Q: Record and postseason results last year?
7-7 in the regular season, No. 9 Stowe beat No. 8 Leland & Gray 3-2 in overtime in the opening round of the Division 3 playoffs before losing to No. 1 Thetford, the eventual state champ, 2-1, in the quarterfinals.
Q: Results so far this season?
1-0 after a season-opening 2-0 win over Oxbow.
Q: Turnout this year?
40 girls, the highest numbers we’ve ever had in my time here. We have a varsity and a junior varsity, with eight seniors, one junior, 15 sophomores and 16 freshmen.
Q: Key returning players?
We have six returning seniors. Bella Braverman played center defense last year; she was the anchor of our defense. Kaiya Gants is returning as one of our center midfielders, but this year she will have new, more offensive responsibilities because we lost Selah Barrett to prep school.
Cait Gianni and Izzy Masi are two other returning seniors; along with Braverman, they are team captains this year. Cait and Izzy played defense last year but could be playing elsewhere this season. The two other returning seniors are Wren Murphy and Haley Spencer. We’re still determining final positions, systems, and style of play but we’ll be looking for leadership from all of them.
Our junior, Olivia Carey, and sophomore Lucy Genung both played varsity last year and are definitely on varsity this season. Both can play multiple positions and will have a lot more responsibilities this year. Sophomore Izzy Mitchell, another returnee, is already chipping in on offense and scored our first goal of the season again Oxbow.
Q: Who are some new players you expect to contribute?
We have two seniors, Shea Lyden and Katy Riley, who are new this year. Both made varsity after showing the leadership and consistent effort that I would expect out of a senior trying to make varsity.
Another is sophomore goalie Anika Wagner, who is replacing three-year starter Leo Clark, another player lost to prep school. She has a lot of experience in goal, and is a solid goalie. A pair of newcomers, sophomores Olivia Gianni and Lucia Lovell, worked together a lot on JV, and they teamed up for our second goal against Oxbow in the season opener.
Q: What are some strengths of the team?
We’re young, but I think we have a good mix of experience and youthful enthusiasm between the returning varsity players and the freshman and sophomores on the team.
Q: Areas you’re looking to improve?
There’s always growth over the course of the year, and with this many younger players new to varsity, there’s going to be that much more added growth. I think we’ll be a much different team by the end of the season than we are right now.
Q: Any matchups you’ve circled on the schedule?
There aren’t really any matchups we’ve circled. We try to take it game-by-game. Peoples should be a good game; it always is. I’m looking forward to seeing Thetford again; they’re the two-time defending champs and are always strong. It’s always good to go up against a team like that.
Q: Season expectations?
We’re still kind of working on that. I expect us to be competitive in every game, and we’re always trying to be better than last year. I try not to set expectations until we get into the thick of it. Mainly we just want to be in every game, and I’d like to think we could make a run come playoff time.