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St. Mary’s, Classical, English girls soccer teams gear up for season

St. Mary’s has been one of the most consistent programs in Division 3 North in the past four years. But the Spartans are yet to reach the top of the mountain, having lost to powerhouse Newburyport in two of the last three seasons.Last year, St. Mary’s went 12-3-5 in the regular season and defeated Maimonides in the tournament before suffering a 4-0 loss to the Clippers.Entering this season, the Spartans once again will call on a core group of experienced veterans that have been down the tournament road before.”These guys have been here before,” Spartans coach Jim Foley said of his 13 returnees. “They’ve been to a North final and have been in the tournament every year.”Leading those returnees is senior forward Amanda Webster, the reigning Catholic Central League MVP. All she did last year was record 24 goals and 12 assists to lead all players in the CCL.Her career totals of 76 goals and 40 assists are tops among female players in St. Mary’s history and rank as one of the top totals in school history.Webster is one of five seniors with experience that are ready for their last go-round.Senior co-captains Amy Bozarjian and Brittany Naumann help anchor the backline along with sweeper Stephanie Mowry. Behind them is goalkeeper Megan Brickley, who returns for her second year as the starter.”These seniors are ready to take off this year,” Foley said. “They want to be successful and the great thing is they are all in the top of their class.”Also expected to play big roles are Michelle Macchione and Courtney Winters, members of the Spartans state championship girls hockey team, along with Briana Marotta and Molly Carey.The Spartans had 45 players come out for tryouts, and those numbers will help fill the holes of two stellar graduating classes.”We’re going to have to plug those holes. It’s a matter of the other kids stepping up,” Foley said.The Spartans coach also knows that to get to a championship, the road most definitely will go through the defending state champion Clippers.”They’re the best, and any coach who doesn’t think the road goes through them is crazy,” Foley said. “They only lost one player from that team.”ClassicalCoach Marcy Durgin’s club returns seven starters from a team that suffered through a 1-15-2 season a year ago. But with seven incoming freshmen that have soccer experience, and seven seniors to lead the way, the outlook seems to be positive for the Rams.”We had 19 come out (Thursday) and four others are coming. That’s great for us,” Durgin said. “The kids came in in the best shape that I’ve seen them in many years. They were enthusiastic and energetic and just wouldn’t stop running.”Leading the Rams are senior captains Katie Fitzgerald, Nikki Kourembanos and Danielle Jesoraldo. They will be joined by seven incoming freshmen (Jennie Erekson, Kelly Walters, Erin Walters, Katie Cuozzo, Stephanie Lopez, and Allison Kurpiel) along with four sophomores, including three starters.Juniors Kelly Deveney and Marisa Mezzetti also help give the Rams experience.”I like the experience we have coming back and I am very pleased with the young kids,” Durgin said. “And it was fantastic to see them because of all the trouble we’ve had with the school in the past couple of years.”EnglishThe English girls have nine returning starters, but unfortunately for the Bulldogs, junior Megan Forti isn’t one of them. Forti, who was a Northeastern Conference All-Star as a freshman and a sophomore, has been a huge part of the English offense since arriving on the scene as a freshman. However, she currently has an ACL injury. What makes the situation even worse is the fact she tore the ACL in her other knee the year before and endured months of rehab to be ready to play soccer her sophomore year.English coach Ed McNeil said the loss of Forti is a big blow, considering she figured in most of the team’s goals last year. McNeil does, however, have a solid group of returning players, including his five senior captains, halfback Jenna Henry, midfielder

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