August 28, 2010
IAC soccer preview: Dryden girls get campaign going Monday
There are still more than 10 days before classes begin at the local high schools, but the start of the Interscholastic Athletic Conference girls’ soccer season gets underway in earnest Monday.
Coach Janine Bennett and her Dryden High ladies will open their 2010 campaign Monday in a 4:30 p.m. non-league match at Chenango Forks. The Purple Lions will host Coach Trish Hayes and an experienced Marathon squad in the IAC NorthEast Division opener for both squads Wednesday at 4:30.
Coach Dick Brecht and his Groton Central girls will open the IAC NorthEast season Wednesday at Trumansburg beginning at 4:30.
IAC NorthEast Large Division schools will be Dryden, Lansing, Trumansburg and Whitney Point while NorthEast Small School Division teams will feature Groton, Marathon, Southern Cayuga and Union Springs.
IAC SouthWest Division alignments have Elmira Notre Dame, Newark Valley, Watkins Glen and Waverly in the large school ranks with Candor, Newfield, Odessa-Montour, Spencer-Van Etten and Tioga on the small school side.
Here is a look at the three local teams:
DRYDEN PURPLE LIONS
Coach: Janine Bennett, 13th year
2009 record: 13-5 overall
“We are looking alright,” Bennett said. “We have seven returning seniors and a good overall core group of returning girls. We have 20 kids in all.”
Heading the list of returning players are senior captains Clara Gallagher, Monika Conrad and Laura Streeter. The trio of defenders have Gallagher and Conrad being named honorable mention all-stars in 2009. Streeter is coming back after surgery in February to reconstruct her ACL.
Also returning are sophomore first-team all-star midfielder Leighann Bennett, senior goalkeeper Julianne Prentice, senior midfielder Hayleigh Enslow, sophomore defender Hannah Enslow, junior defender Sabrina Jenner, senior midfielder Audra Jenne, junior midfielder Sara Sinnigen, senior midfielder Beth Brokaw and junior forward Reine Ayers.
Newcomers for the Purple Lions in 2010 are sophomore midfielder Marissa Durkee, sophomore goalkeeper Julia Grace-Clark, sophomore forward Hannah Wildenstein, junior striker Katie Harvey, freshman midfielder Ashley Tenkate, freshman goalkeeper Zoe Seznec Sweetland, sophomore midfielder Rachel Hutchinson and seventh-grade forward Taylor Bennett.
How does Bennett think her team stacks up in the division this season?
“Lansing will be strong.” she replied. “They did lose some good players, but they usually have some good young players coming along as well.
“Trumansburg is getting better,:” Bennett continued. “Marathon always plays us hard. Everyone in the league in really building every year. The only real surprises are any potential seventh or eighth graders. Most schools don’t have JV teams anymore so you see the kids from their freshman year on up. We really should be very similar to last year.”
Coach: Dick Brecht, 2nd year
2009 record: 1-13 overall
“We have most of our team back from last year,” Brecht said. “We did lose three seniors, but most of the team was freshmen and sophomores. I feel better than I did at this point one year ago.
“Some of the girls played during the off-season,” he continued. “They are beginning to buy into what we are trying to do. The girls want to be successful and are picking things up well.”
The two returning seniors are defender Jennifer Evener and midfielder Amber Lang.
Also returning are juniors Jenna Shufelt at sweeper, fullback-sweeper Jesse Sill, forward-midfielder Emma Graham, goalie Molly Dempsey, midfielder Ashley Kister and midfielder Jessica Petrella. Returning sophomores ready to step up are forward-midfielder Ruthanne Forehand, midfielder Steffanie Preston, forward Alexandra Quarella, fullback Emilie Holmes, versatile Sara Hahne and her twin sister and central midfielder Brenna Hahne.
Shufelt was an IAC NorthEast Small School honorable mention in 2009.
Newcomers are junior Shyanne Wheaton (forward-defender) and freshman McKayla Pollack (midfield).
“Shyanne is a very athletic person who ran cross-country before, so she can run all day,” Brecht said of Wheaton. “McKayla has been out of soccer for about three years so her skills are a little rusty, but she should contribute this season.”
How does Groton stack up against the competition this year?
“It was nice to win our first game in three years in 2009,” Brecht said. “It is a very tough division, but we were competitive in some matches one year ago and I expect us to be that again this season.”
Coach: Trish Hayes, 6th year
2009 record: 14-3 overall
Marathon was co-state champion in Class C in 2008, but were derailed in the Section 4 semifinals a year ago. The Olympians lost five talented seniors, but return 14 players for the 2010 campaign, so expectation should be high again.
Heading the returning players are four NorthEast Small School first-team all-stars and one honorable mention. Those first-teamers are seniors Rachel Parker and Alexa Barber along with junior Katelyn Morrison and sophomore Ellena Holl while the honorable mention was senior Lindsay Peri.
Parker is the leading returning scorer after netting 21 goals and nine assists in 2009. Holl finished with nine goals and six assists while Morrison tallied a pair of goals.
Also returning are seniors Emily Icenogle and Brooklin McKane, juniors Samantha Courtney, Nikki Hurlbert, Molly Reilly, Emilee Reynolds and Morgan Rundle, plus sophomores Danielle Peebles and Gina Parino.
Newcomers to the 2010 roster are senior Heidi Grinnell, sophomores Abbie Torbitt, Blake Plew and Drew Barber, plus freshman Taylor Meddaugh.
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