Preview: Chariho girls soccer

Preview: Chariho girls soccer



Head coach:

Brittney Godbout (8th season).

Assistant coaches:

Jessica Hannegan, Scott McGuire, Riss Nardelli (volunteer).

Last year:

Chariho finished 12-5-3, losing to Moses Brown in the D-II quarterfinals. The Chargers also had to deal with the death of teammate Maddie Potts in September.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Claire Fox (MF), Megan Hill (B), Caitlin O’Leary (G, captain), Hannah Orciari (F-MF, captain), Lindsay Shields (MF, captain).

Juniors:

Alison Klein (F), Jillian Pepler (F-MF), Tia Sardelli (B), Emily Seekell (MF), Rebekah Sullivan (MF).

Sophomores:

Meagan Butler (MF-B), Daria DiBiasio (MF), Emily Feisthamel (MF), Emma Hughes (B), Spencer Shiels (F).

New to varsity:

Sophomores:

Ava DiBiasio (F), Cassandra Simpson (G).

Freshmen:

Brianna Denecour (F), Hannah Jackson (B), Anabelle Pezzullo (MF), Julia Potts (B), Morgan Shields (MF), Eva Simmons (B).

Outlook:

With only four seniors on the roster, the Chargers are definitely young. But they do return a fair amount of experience and may have the potential to reach the D-II semifinals.

O’Leary returns for her third season in goal and will be a force in the back.

“She is a veteran goalkeeper who can run the team,” Godbout said.

Sardelli, who has the speed to track down most opposing forwards, will run the defense. And Fox returns to the midfield after missing most of last season with an injury. She has the foot skills to make a lot of good things happen. She is also a strong finisher.

Shiels was second on the team in goals (6) and first in assists (5) last season as a freshman. She is also a strong finisher with good foot skills.

Orciari had four goals and four assists last season and provides the Chargers with another scoring threat.

“We like to spread out the goal scoring and that will continue this year,” Godbout said. “These seniors made it to the semifinals once and they want to go back there.”

Coach’s take:

“We are very young, but we have a lot of speed on our side. If I can get the girls to play as fast as they move, we will be OK. They are very coachable and very easy to work with.”

— Keith Kimberlin


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