Led by co-captains Leah Humes ’12 and Fay Feghali ’12, Andover Girls Soccer welcomes ten new players to fuel it through a successful 2011 season. After falling in the 2010 New England quarter finals, the team will look to its speed and versatility to carry it deep into this year’s tournament.
“With all the new talent and returners, our bench is really deep this year,” said Feghali. “Out of all my four years on girls varsity soccer, I think this is the deepest team that we have ever had in terms of level of play.”
Throughout preseason, post-graduates Kaylie Williams ’12, Marianne Brunet ’12 , and Franny McCarthy ’12 have proven themselves as key additions to the team.
The skilled Williams will start for Andover at central back, McCarthy will take central midfield and Brunet will cover a wide range of positions. “[Brunet] is so versatile that we use her wherever we need her on the field, whether it’s on defense or in the midfield,” said Feghali.
A returning core of four seniors, five uppers and five lowers will help integrate the new talent on the field. “I think our team has great chemistry and we work well together,” said Feghali. “Our returners are working hard to make the team very cohesive on the field.”
Andover is still working on smooth midfield-to-forward passing. The team’s raw athleticism, however, will carry the team a long way in generating an effective offense.
“So far, the girls have demonstrated incredible speed on the field, which we hope to use to our advantage,” said Humes.
The team will also continue to work on stepping and dropping on defense, as well as finishing plays. These fine-tunings, along with better ball movement towards the net, will help Andover when it faces the season’s tougher competitors, such as Noble & Greenough, Loomis Chaffee, and BB&N.