Girls’ Soccer Looks for Post-Season Run

Posted on October 10, 2012 by

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Last year the Fleetwood Girls soccer team shocked everyone by an unlikely post-season run, making it all the way to District 3-AA finals and the second round of states. Their record (13-12-1) was deceiving throughout the regular season, but the team came alive in playoffs.

After only losing All-Division forward Samantha Sanders and defender Rayann Fink last season, the girls are led by three senior captains: All-Berks Hannah Stump; All-Division Hanna Perone; and goalkeeper Madison Hileman, an All-Berks selection in 2011.

Senior Maureen McGarry  is also back on the field for the first time since her freshman year.

“Our team’s impressive play on field is a result of great team chemistry and everyone getting along. The fact that we can win games but still can have fun on and off the field is something special. I’m going to miss that,” Stump said.

The girls have very good chemistry and thrive on that to make them successful on the field. They are all very close and have many team-bonding events, such as trips to Yogo Crazy.

The team can also be heard talking in British accents from time to time.

“This team is special because we are all good friends and play as a team. We talk in British accents because, last year, the Reading Eagle said we were on a Cinderella run. We embrace the name by talking like British princesses. Our goal this year is to win the division and make a long playoff run,” Perone said.

A team led by seniors can often make people worry about future seasons, but not in this case. Sophomores Haley Schappell, Ashley Diehm, and Kayla Daniels, as well as freshmen Bella Abrams and Katie Quillman are key players in the girls’ starting lineup.

After earning five straight shutouts and outscoring their opponents 13-0, the girls hit a bit of a rough patch with a 4-0 loss to Mifflin and a 2-1 loss to Conrad Weiser. They did manage to bounce with a win against Schuylkill Valley, a tie with Daniel Boone, and a seven-game winning streak allowing just tw0 goals.

With one game in the regular season left, the girls are 13-2-1 with the potential for a division championship.   

This talented girls’ team hopes to build on this momentum and use it to power them through the post-season starting Saturday, 13 October, when the Berks County Playoffs kickoff.

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