From just about every angle, the Londonderry High School girls’ reserve soccer team had an incredible 2015 campaign this fall.
The main goals of a sub-varsity team are to give young players experience and hone their growing skills while hopefully having fun along the way. But every team would like to win as much as possible as well.
And 2015 LHS girls’ reserve squad coach Brian Trefry saw his determined young group – made up mostly of freshmen but with a few sophomores and a junior as well – do goal-scoring and winning while enjoying itself plenty and developing individual skills as well so the team members can contemplate helping the Lady Lancers’ junior varsity and varsity contingents in future years.
Trefry’s troop tallied an excellent 9-3-1 record during its campaign and outscored its opponents by 50 goals (72-22).
“We had a very talented group of girls that got better and better every game we played,” said Trefry. “We seemed to work on one aspect of our game at a time, and by the end of the season everything was really clicking. We were moving the ball through the middle of the field, switching fields great through the defensive end, and maintaining possession in the offensive half of the field until we got a good look at the net. If it weren’t for injuries, we would have had an even better record, but we had an extremely successful season despite adversity.”
Lexi Freire was the squad’s one junior and Megan Fedele and Kiera Tewksbury were the sophomores.
The 10 freshmen were tri-captains Abby Follansbee, Abby Cowles, and Bella Cossette, along with Channel Hernandez, Suzie Moore, Emmy Dumaresq, Erica Pepin, Rachel Anastasi, Sophie Scarfo, and Delaney McGurn.
When asked to think back on his team’s strongest performance of the campaign, Trefry had little trouble honing in on one.
“Our best game of the season was a 3-0 win over Manchester Central,” he said. “We had previously lost a tough game to them, 4-3, earlier in the season. We came out firing the second time around, dominating possession and finishing the game allowing zero shots on net. Emmy Dumaresq scored two goals and Abby Cowles netted one.”
Needless to day, Lancer contingents also pay plenty of attention to how they fare against teams from Pinkerton Academy in Derry. And this LHS team excelled.
“The team was also very happy to beat rival Pinkerton 9-1 and 7-3 in our two match-ups with them this season,” said the coach.