The Cooperstown girls varsity soccer team is not off to a slow start like last season. The girls are picking up right where they left off, playing well together and winning games.
CCS began the season 0-5 last year, but came back strong with an overall record of 8-8-1. This year, the girls are off to a strong start, having won a non-league game against Edmeston last Wednesday and a league game against Mount Markham on Monday.
Cooperstown varsity coach of 12 years, Jennifer Pindar, said she feels the girls have dedicated themselves to making it a successful season.
“I’m really happy with the way the girls are playing together as a team and really working on their passing. They are passing back, they are talking and everything we have been working on in the past couple years is finally coming together,” she said after the 4-1 home victory over Mount Markham.
Key returning players include: Senior captains Maggie Hall, Kelly Boyles, Ellen Vibbard and Sarah-Jane Morosko. Also returning from last year’s squad are Jordian Siver, Isabella Anania and goalie Katie Kleban.
According to Pindar, the team has a good mix of veterans and rookies, but had to face the loss of Alannah Haggerty, Julie Dykstra, Alexis Bloomfield, Noelle Palmatier and Haley White.
“The sophomores have blended well into the team and we are in a rotation of pulling freshman up so we have enough subs in case of injuries,” Pindar said.
Stepping up big for CCS has been sophomore Liz Millea, who has contributed six goals already this season. She had four goals and an assist during the first game of the season and two goals and two assists in Monday’s Center State Conference win.
Jenny Flynn and Caroline Gozigian have been starting as sophomores.
The primary goals for the season, according to Pindar, are working on the passing game, winning 50/50 balls and communicating.
“If we can do all those things, then we should have a very successful season. And of course we would like to make sectionals,” Pindar said.
“We just really want to move the ball around and communicate. You can really never get enough of that. Communication is just so important in this game,” she added.
Cooperstown finished the game against Edmeston with a 16-7 advantage in shots. In addition to Millea’s four goals, Siver also scored for the team.
Against Mount Markham, Hall scored twice for Cooperstown, which took a 1-0 lead about six minutes into the game. Her first came minutes after Millea’s goal. Forward Hannah Barrett scored for Mount Markham near the end of the second half.
Cooperstown was scheduled to play Little Falls on Wednesday after deadline.