As it prepares for the 2012 season the Weston High girls varsity soccer team is grateful of one big difference between this year and the last.
The Trojans have remained injury free in the pre-season. If they can keep this up they have a better shot at accomplishing what they set out to do.
“Everyone looks healthy,” said second-year head coach Gustavo Reaes, whose team started practice on Aug. 25. “Wer’e well balanced.”
Assisting him this season are Thiago Reaes, his brother, and Jason Akacki.
Besides no injuries the Trojans were lucky in terms of turnout this season. With 45 players in the program, including 23 freshmen, they will be able to field three teams (varsity, JV and freshmen).
With their first game not until next Wednesday at Immaculate the Trojans have had plenty of preparation time. A few pre-season scrimmages along the way have helped give them a look at what they can expect.
Besides avoiding injury the Trojans hope to improve on their record from the previous season. Going 7-10 overall, Weston missed a spot in the South-West Conference playoffs but qualified for a spot in the state Class M tournament.
It had a tough draw in the first round, losing to Lewis Mills of Burlington.
Only three players have graduated since then. Weston will still miss former captains Rachel Lugossy, Maggie Maretz and Erika Wollman,
An All-Patriot Division selection, Lugossy played in the midfield. Maretz was the starting goalie and Wollman saw action in on defense, in the midfield and as a forward.
Weston should be in good shape to fill these holes with the talent they have coming back. They will have five seniors, including captains Sydney Allon, Grace Mattison and Morgan Moubayed. All were starters last year.
An All-Patriot selection, Allon will be on defense. Mattson (All-SWC) was the team’s leading scorer last season and is back at forward. Moubayed will be in the midfield.
Classmate Jordan Ferguson is on defense. Anna Holper, who played JV last year, will be at stopper.
A talented junior class includes defenders Whitney Farber (All-Patriot Division) and Stephanie Thomson. Jordan Isaacs, who saw time in the midfield, is also back, as are Shelby Merberg (forward/defense) and Audrey Dannenbaum (forward).
Sophomore Madison Murray, started in the midfield last year and is also back. Other sophomores are Haley Singer and Alexa Werner, an offensive midfielder/striker.
Starting in goal will be a freshman, Ursula Alwang. Alexa Alwang and Charlotte Cenatiempo will also be on the varsity team this season.
Besides improving its record, Weston hopes to qualify for a spot in the SWC playoffs this fall.
“This year they’re ready,” said Reaes. “They know they can be a good team.”