Girls Soccer 2019 Preview


Photo courtesy of Shore Sports Network.

Jordyn Gavini, Staff Writer

After huge success last season, the MHSN Girls Soccer Team is working hard to achieve the same accomplishments this year. They had a record breaking season last year with 21 wins, earning the title of B-north division champions, as well as sectional state champions.  They even made it to the semi-finals of the shore conference. The girls, as well as coach Misciagia, are excited to see what this season holds.

The team has been working hard in preparation for the start of the season. Through summer workouts and trainings after school, the team is motivated for its upcoming games. Coach Misciagna has high expectations for the girls this year going into their season, especially the five returning seniors, Darien Rinn, Katelyn Reid, Hayley Stratton, Taylor Dorney and Riley Noonan. 

When asked what she expects for this season Coach Misciagna said, “I expect the players to work hard and work together as a team. I am looking to our five seniors to step up as leaders and to the team to play together and work together as one unified group. If we do this, I think we will have a very successful season.” 

The team is off to a good start with a current record of 3-0, beating Long Branch, Raritan and Ocean. Seniors Darien Rinn and Katelyn Reid are leading the team on offense. Rinn has five goals and one assist in only three games. Returning juniors, Allie O’Keefe and Ashley Dietrich are key players in creating attack from midfield. Junior Carly Binn is a three-year varsity starter and is stepping up as the anchor of the defensive line. She is great at organizing her line and being a vocal leader on the field from the center back position. 

The girls need to continue working as a team in order to achieve their goals this season, which include not only winning sectionals and states, but also advancing further into the shore conference finals. It will be up to the upperclassmen to pave the way for the lower classmen in achieving their goals. 

“I am happy with how the younger players on varsity are working hard and fitting in with the returning players,” Coach Misciagna said. As long as the players stay focused, communicate and pick each other up when down, the girls will have a successful season.