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Boston City League girls' soccer preview capsules

Posted by Justin Rice  September 9, 2012 11:37 PM

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Madison Park

Coach: Adelina Dasilva (23d season)

Artificial turf


Madison Park has excellent forwards and defensive players.


The team’s lack of preseason practices.


Madison Park lost in the city semifinals the last two seasons and is looking for a breakthrough this year.

Dasilva has a positive outlook on the upcoming season, explaining that the program only gets better every year.

“[Since she started] the program has improved tremendously,” she said. “We have had a lot of help from the athletic department and will continue to get better.”

As for her players, she believes the team has skilled athletes, but wants to recruit even more talent for her program.

“I hope to find some freshmen and work hard to get them ready, fast,” she said. “We’ve done it before, and I am sure we will do it again. That’s what we call MP Spirit and MP Pride.”

Returning starters:

Senior defender Ashley Chavez
Senior forward Heidymara Gomes
Senior midfielder Dulcelina Taveras
Senior keeper Olga Manjvar
Junior midfielder Sedny Alves
Junior striker Berlizea Brito.


Last year’s record:

Coach: Bridget Driscoll (first year)


The back-to-back city champions have a strong junior class.


Handling the pressure of being the team to beat will be tough for a team that only has one senior as a returning starter.


First-year coach Bridget Driscoll has plenty of experience. She was the assistant varsity coach for three years at Lynn English, where she also coached indoor/outdoor track. She took a break from coaching when she moved to the Boston public schools, but is very enthusiastic to return to coaching soccer.

“I am very optimistic about the upcoming season,” she said. “[I] can't wait to get on the field and see the returning talent that I have inherited and also the new players that will be joining us!”

Returning starters:

Senior midfielder Emma Lama
Senior defender Ducas Love Awah
Junior midfielder/forward Yaritza Landaverde
Junior defender Meybel Lopez Flores
Junior defender/midfielder Christy Cruz
Junior midfielder Jalitza Perez
Sophomore keeper and forward Stephanie Fernandes

East Boston

Last year’s record: 14-3

Coach: Richard La Cara (12th year)

Surface: Artificial turf


The Jets return a ton of starters, including four seniors.


Four of the team’s returning starters, however, are only sophomores and still have to learn the ropes.


La Cara believes the midfielders will lead his team to the championships this season.

“They’re older and more mature when it comes to soccer,” he said. “They possess the ball and are able to scope the field and see where to go. They’re not afraid to dribble in and out, and they have skills to get past [the opposing players.]”

But it will be tough since the team lost a ton of seniors.

“We lost about six great seniors last year that regrouped the team when the going got tough,” he said. “So replacing their leadership is a concern. Throughout the season there will be a couple of hurdles, so we’ll see how they handle it.”

La Cara is all about pushing his team to their potential and having a good time.

“I want them to have fun and by winning, that breeds having fun,” he said. “If we do the best we can, we can make it to the playoffs. I don’t know what to expect, so we’ll give it our best shot.”

Returning starters:

Senior forward Maria Vargas,
Senior forward Hannah Lunetta
Senior defender Vanessa Pineda
Senior defender Wendy Campos
Sophomore forward Ana Gonzalez,
Sophomore defender Theresa Buenrospro,
Sophomore forward Maria Serrano,
Junior midfielder Nicole Lopez
Junior midfielder Marta Chacon
Sophomore keeper Brittany Brancato.


Last year’s record: 3-8-1

Coaches: Allison Cohn and Jenna White (both first year)

Surface: Grass


A new crop of excited and energetic players.


The team doesn’t have any returning seniors. Working together could be an issue as the players will be a combination of kids from Dorchester Academy as well as Tech Boston.


Dorchester will need its returning starters to play a huge leadership role since the team has so many new players.

“We have a lot of new girls coming in that are excited and energetic,” Cohn said. “They have a lot of speed, are quick to pick up the game and eager to do well.”

She added that she also hopes returning players will set a good example and step up as leaders.

“As first-year coaches, we just want to make sure that we can come together as a team,” she said. “There’s a wide range of ages, so bringing everyone together is something we will have to work on for the rest of the year.”

Although Dorchester wasn’t a top team last season, Cohn believes that may change this year.

“I think we have a lot to look forward to,” she said. “It may be unexpected for us, but I think we’ll have a good time and a good season.”

Returning starters:

Sophomore forward Kaylin Thomas,
Sophomore defender and midfielder Kyra Stapleton,
Junior forward/midfielder Alandra Burns


Coach: Conor Treacy (first year)

Surface: Turf


The team boasts a lot of returning starters


Keeping the enthusiasm level high throughout the season.


In June, first-year coach Conor Treacy moved to Boston from Ireland, where he played soccer at a semi-professional level. While he has never coached in the US, he was head coach of a local U-13 team in Ireland just a year before he moved.

“It was something that I really enjoyed,” he said, “and I am looking forward to another positive experience this time around.”

Charlestown has a lot of girls on its team this year.

"And they all are showing great enthusiasm, which is very good,” Treacy said. “It will be my job this year to keep that enthusiasm level and positive energy high and hopefully the girls can all really enjoy this soccer season.”

Returning starters:
Ayan Abdi, midfield
Sara Centeio, midfield
Keila Goncalves, defense
Angie Auguste, forward
Sarah Williams, defense.
Ailine Barbosa, defense.

New Mission

Coach: Kerry Haczyk (second season) and Christine Kennedy

Surface: Turf


The team trusts one another and has strong communication.


Moving from Mission Hill to Hyde Park this year is a big transition.


Haczyk will co-coach the team with Christine Kennedy, due to New Mission’s merger with Boston Community Leadership Academy in Hyde Park. The BCLA players used to play for Brighton, but will now be joining New Mission’s squad.

“Despite putting two teams together, we are going to have a strong cohesive group of girls,” Haczyk said. “Our strongest players are in every position, scattered throughout.”

Haczyk is positive that the team will play well together.

“I think we’re going to have a great season, work hard as a team and end with a strong record.”

Returning starters
Senior defender Nicole Sandell
Senior forward Fantazia Hinds
Senior midfielder Bonnie Ramos
Junior sweeper Perla Lara
Junior midfielder Nikesha Maado
Junior forward Amarielis Morales
Junior midfielder Alison Davey.

Boston English

Coach: Luis Barbosa (first season)

Surface: Turf


English is starting new with a new style and a positive outlook.


It’s unclear how the team will respond to a new coach.


This season is a clean slate for the Blue & Blue.

“That’s how I like to start,” Barbosa said. “Even if they had a horrible season, even if it was great.”

He also stressed his passion for helping the girls get into college, which he feels is most important.

“I want to help them with college applications, especially if they’re not being told to get moving,” he said. “I’m not sure if they’re even thinking about it, but I will emphasize it. I’m going to be that constant reminder.”

He also has one mandatory rule for his girls.

“If you can’t smile,” he said, “you can’t be here.”


Last year’s record: 8-7

Coach: Jason Joseph (third season, 22-11)

The girls won the city championships three years ago during his first year as coach.

Surface: Turf


The Tigers have a plethora of returning players.


The team’s ability to come together as a unit is a concern since the team is so large.


This year third-year coach Jason Joseph is looking to grab another city championship, which he won in his rookie season at O’Bryant.

“We have a lot of experienced girls from last year,” he said. “We had a young team last year. But we also have a lot of freshmen.”

But he’s worried about the team player as a cohesive unit.

“My concern is playing together well, and integrating new players,” Joseph said. “Also finding playing time for everybody. We’ve had about 30 girls show up to tryouts this year.”

Ultimately, whether the team’s strengths lie in numbers has yet to be seen.

“I am hoping that we will compete in the play offs this season,” Joseph said. “Hopefully we’ll make it to the city championships.”

Returning players:

Senior keeper Aiyanna Jones
Senior defender Marilyn Pineda
Senior forward Gabrielle Martinez
Junior midfielder Yonette Harris.

Latin Academy

Last year’s record: 4-11-1

Nicholas Kamberidis (fifth year)

Surface: Grass


The team boasts a strong midfield, including its sweepers, stoppers and center mid.


Playing as a cohesive unit could be a problem but it hasn’t been in issue in the preseason.


Despite a rough record last year, Latin Academy believes it can win the city championship.

“Our goal is to be city champs and make the state tournament,” Kimberidis said.

Returning starters:

Senior forward Virginia McCaughey,
Junior forward Morgan Wheeler
Junior midfielder Farma Hussein
Freshman midfielder Anna Kopp
Senior midfielder Samantha Powell
Senior defender Jillian Eweka
Sophomore defender Alexandra Medina


Last year’s record: 4-9

Coach: Wade Wall (seven years)

Surface: Grass


Snowden’s strongest players can be found on defense.


The team has to travel to South Boston to practice and their field is in poor shape.


Despite going 4-9 last year, coach Wade Wall has high hopes for his team this season.

“I just want to win these first 10 games,” he said. “I think this will be our best year.”

Returning starters:

Midfielder Cheyene Sulfaro,
Junior defender Dianah Loazio
Junior defender Stephanie Morales
Junior midfielder Noele Rodrigez
Junior midfielder Victoria Reinos
Sophomore midfielders Gaella Etiene
Sophomore midfielder Jarleisa Lewis
Junior forward Bianca Glover.

West Roxbury

Edmar Cayemite (five years)



Player attendance and a lack of goalie.


Enthusiastic team captains


Cayemite’s hopes for this season mostly have to do with his players’ development on the field.

“I love teaching soccer,” he said, “and hope I can help the kids learn the foundations [of the game].”

Returning starters:
Senior striker Elizabeth Lewis
Senior midfielder Tatiana Pierie
Senior defender Mackayla McPherson
Junior midfielder Roberte Francois
Junior defender Monique McPherson

South Boston

Coach: Marc Loiselle (first year)

Surface: Grass

South Boston went to the city championships last year and snagged third place.


Speed and intelligence


Numbers are an issue for the Knights.


Coming off a trip to the city championships last year, South Boston is looking to take a step to the next level by winning the city title. But first they have to adjust to a new coach.

“They’re picking up the game very quickly and developing their skills,” Loiselle said. “They’re learning tactical strategies within the game and how to play smart.”

Like many other city teams, his concerns aren’t about the players he has, but the ones he’s missing.

“My only concern is numbers,” he said. “I just want to have enough kids.”

Still, Loiselle thinks South Boston has what it takes to go far in the league and beyond.

“I plan on getting back to the city championship and MIAA tournament,” he said. “I want them to utilize the skills they’re developing, catch the eye of college coaches and get themselves on a college team or partial scholarship.”

Mary Pavlu can be reached at mary.pavlu@globe.com. Follow her on Twitter @MaryPavlu.

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