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Skilled Forwards, Strong Defense Look to Build on ’09 Success

Led by this year’s Co-Captains Katherine Sherrill ’10 and Alex Farrell ’10, Girls Soccer is expecting a highly successful season this year. Combined with the speed of its offense and experience of its defense, Andover is looking unstoppable at all parts of the field. Starting up top for Andover are two returning players in Amanda Brisco ’10 and Ambika Krishnamachar ’11. Brisco was the team’s leading scorer last year, capping off her Upper season with a hat trick performance against Exeter. Brisco returns as one of the team’s key players. “She is one of the fastest strikers in New England,” said Coach Lisa Joel. Speaking about the potent offense of both Brisco and Krishnamachar, Joel said, “The other team may be able to stop one of them but not the both of them. They are an incredibly dangerous tandem upfront.” On the defensive end of the field, Anna Fang ’10 brings both speed and experience to the back four. Anchored by goalkeeper Farrell, Andover’s impenetrable defense will cause many problems for opposing strikers. “It’s going to be very hard to beat our defenders. They have lots of varsity experience, and they are very strong,” commented Coach Joel. Courtney Macdonald ’11 will be moving to the center midfield position, which will give her a more central role in the team’s on-field game plan compared to her placement at center back last season. The new players are also really strong this year, which will be very important because of the big shoes left by departed Seniors such as Catherine Coppinger ’09 and Emily Little ’09. Celia Cadwell ’10, Meaghan Doherty ’10, and Julia Rafferty ’10 are all post-graduates who will bring a lot to the team this year. Piper Curtis ’13 is also a very talented freshman joining the varsity team. Girls Soccer has been suffering from a lot of early injuries, especially in the midfield. Katherine Woonton ’11 tore her ACL and will be out this season. A huge focus will be put on staying healthy. When asked about how she expects the team to do this season, Sherrill said, “I think we will do really well. Everyone is not only talented but also really dedicated to the team and to each other.” She continued, “Even if we hit a few bumps along the way, we’ll be able to get past them.” Andover faced Tufts in a scrimmage on Wednesday and tied 0-0. The team played well against the older athletes, and it was great preparation for their opening home game against the Rivers School on Friday.