Preview: Stonington girls soccer

Preview: Stonington girls soccer



Head coach:

Jennifer Solomon (1st season).

Assistant coaches:

Jeff Moore, Emily Cravinho (volunteer).

Last year:

The Bears went 3-12-1 overall, 3-7 in ECC Division II. It was their fewest wins since going 3-9-4 in 2007.

Returning to varsity:

Seniors:

Jessica Detwiler (MF), Holly Foster (D), Alex Jefson (F), Kate Johnson (D), Hannah Lamb (G), Emma Sabbadini (MF), Lucy Sternberg (D).

Junior:

Sydney Motherway (D).

Sophomores:

Amelia Caron (D), Megan Detwiler (F), Rachel Sabbadini (MF), Maggie Constantine (D), Tori LoPresto (G), Kaleigh Bolduc (MF).

New to varsity:

Senior:

Ainsley Johnstone (MF).

Sophomore:

Vanessa Benjamin (MF).

Freshmen:

Lindsey Labbe (MF), Corinne Steeno (D).

Outlook:

Solomon steps into the big shoes left by Dave Walsh, who retired after 23 seasons as the program’s only coach.

Solomon, the former Jennifer Sullivan, was an All-State soccer player for Stonington (Class of 2001) who later played at UConn and was an assistant coach at Providence College. She most recently was the head coach at Ledyard from 2013-16.

Solomon takes over in the first year of a realigned ECC. The Bears, formerly in Division II, have dropped to Division III, which puts them with Griswold, Montville, New London and St. Bernard. With rivals like Waterford and Bacon Academy no longer in the same division, that should mean more victories for the Bears.

Still, Solomon is staying cautious.

“There’s parity throughout the division, and I think every opponent we play can give us a challenge,” she said. “I hope the outcomes are positive for us.”

Stonington returns seven seniors and a core group that has impressed the new coach.

“They’re very good soccer players,” Solomon said, “and we have very good chemistry right now, which I think is a recipe for success. They like to compete.”

They also have a chip on their collective shoulder after a difficult 2017, a season in which seven losses came by one goal.

“They want to prove we’re a good program,” Solomon said.

Coach’s take:

“One of our goals is to win Division III, then to be competitive in the ECC tournament as well as the state tournament.”

— Ken Sorensen


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