Scoring threats lead Connellsville girls soccer this season
By Jason Black
Published: Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012, 12:03 a.m.
A more prolific offense could be one of the strongest aspects of the Connellsville girls soccer team in 2012.
The Falcons started the season with a 5-4 win over Bentworth at the Fayette County Coaches Association Tournament, and coach Jeff Puskar saw plenty of positives, plus a few negatives.
“We've had two scrimmages and in the game against Bentworth, we've scored a lot of goals,” Puskar said. “But some things have been exposed defensively.”
Puskar is hopeful that the defensive side of Connellsville's game will come together, but he's especially excited about the offensive potential the team possesses.
“In the past, it's been rough scoring goals, but we have players that can do that,” Puskar said.
“Improvement is always what we are looking for, but we're also looking to play some exciting soccer.”
Juniors Ashton Grimm and Caitlin Fess, as well as sophomore Angela Bloom, are considered to be top scoring threats for the Falcons.
Connellsville has some experienced players in the back with seniors Paige Visocky and Sydney Soberdash joining juniors Brittany Craig and Madison DiAlesandro on defense.
Freshman Keirsten Andolino could also have an impact on the defense.
In goal, there appears to be a three-way battle for the starting position between sophomore Ally Ramsey, junior Marian Chearney and freshman Ashley Capo.
“We'll see who steps up,” Puskar said.
“The opportunity is there and we need somebody to take advantage.”
Connellsville will also look to a number of midfielders to contribute both offensively and defensively throughout the season.
Seniors Aria Kreinbrook and Jessica White are solid defensive midfielders. Seniors Leah Lilley, Alyssa Ritenour and Elizabeth Becker, as well as sophomore Margaux Klingensmith, are expected to make an impact as outside midfielders.
The Falcons will compete in Section 1-AAA, but the section has changed with Kiski Area and Franklin Regional replacing Laurel Highlands and Albert Gallatin.
Connellsville finished with five wins last season, but only three were section wins. The Falcons finished fifth in the section last year.
“Obviously, we want to get better in the section, and the section is strong,” Puskar said. “But we don't want to use that as an excuse. We have to beat the teams we play.”
Soberdash, one of 10 seniors on the team, is confident that the team will be proud of its effort.
“I'm looking forward to coming together as a team,” Soberdash said. “Every game is a learning experience, and we'll always try our best.”
Jason Black is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-626-3534.
Show commenting policy
TribLive commenting policy
You are solely responsible for your comments and by using TribLive.com you agree to our Terms of Service.
We moderate comments. Our goal is to provide substantive commentary for a general readership. By screening submissions, we provide a space where readers can share intelligent and informed commentary that enhances the quality of our news and information.
While most comments will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive, moderating decisions are subjective. We will make them as carefully and consistently as we can. Because of the volume of reader comments, we cannot review individual moderation decisions with readers.
We value thoughtful comments representing a range of views that make their point quickly and politely. We make an effort to protect discussions from repeated comments either by the same reader or different readers.
We follow the same standards for taste as the daily newspaper. A few things we won't tolerate: personal attacks, obscenity, vulgarity, profanity (including expletives and letters followed by dashes), commercial promotion, impersonations, incoherence, proselytizing and SHOUTING. Don't include URLs to Web sites.
We do not edit comments. They are either approved or deleted. We reserve the right to edit a comment that is quoted or excerpted in an article. In this case, we may fix spelling and punctuation.
We welcome strong opinions and criticism of our work, but we don't want comments to become bogged down with discussions of our policies and we will moderate accordingly.
We appreciate it when readers and people quoted in articles or blog posts point out errors of fact or emphasis and will investigate all assertions. But these suggestions should be sent via e-mail. To avoid distracting other readers, we won't publish comments that suggest a correction. Instead, corrections will be made in a blog post or in an article.
- Father-son funeral directors lead community
- Clairton Meals on Wheels puts new van in immediate service
- Keisel might be at end of Steelers career
- Penguins’ leads evaporate in loss to Sharks
- Natural gas industry buoyed by advancing technology
- Ballet du Grand Theatre de Geneve brings ‘Glory’ to Byham
- Judge to Cook Township drug suspect: Get new friends
- Fiennes a force in ‘Invisible Woman’
- Fashion briefs: ‘Crochet’ book offers step-by-step guides
- ‘300’ sequel prettier, less thrilling
- ‘Mr. Peabody & Sherman’ teach lessons old as time