EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

September 10, 2013

MVC Girls Soccer: Central ranked No. 2 in state


The Eagle-Tribune

---- — Andover

2012 record: 9-5-4, lost in Division 1 North prelims

Returning starters (8): Emily Van Antwerp, Sr., midfield; Sarah Van Antwerp, Sr., defense; Sophie Draper, Sr., defense; Emily Wilson, Sr., keeper; Mae Hunt, Sr., defense; Courtney Grygiel, Jr., forward; Lily Puccia, Jr., midfield; Veronica Alois, Soph., forward

Returning lettermen: Emily Masterson, Sr., keeper; Maddy Pollack, Sr., midfield; Sara Rehman, Sr., forward; Julia Manty, Jr., midfield; Caitlin Patten, Jr., defense; Carissa Reming, Jr., defense; Meredith Van Antwerp, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Jackie Drew, Sr., defense; Laura McNaughton, Sr., forward; Hannah Ameen, Jr., midfield; Kailey Cullen, Jr., midfield; Jillian Gamache, Jr., forward; Emily O’Hara, Soph., forward; Brianna Knight, Soph., defense; Isabelle Russo, Soph., midfield/defense

Candidates: 90

Captains: Emily Van Antwerp, Sarah Van Antwerp, Lily Puccia, Courtney Grygiel

Returning goal leaders: Veronica Alois 7, Sara Rehman 3

Returning honorees: Lily Puccia, All-MVC; Sara Rehman, Emily Van Antwerp, Sarah Van Antwerp and Veronica Alois, MVC All-Stars

Assistants: Julia Paone; Jen Hagopian, JV; Stacey Consiglio, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Courtney Grygiel returns this season after missing all of last year with a torn ACL. ... Emily, Sarah and Meredith Van Antwerp are sisters.

Coach Meghan Matson (10th year, 107-43-32): “I think we’re really strong up top and we’re excited about that because last year we had a lack of goal scoring. ... Courtney will add to the strength of our attack.”

Central Catholic

2012 record: 15-1-1, lost in Division 1 North final

Returning starters (7): Courtney Walsh, Sr., forward; Stephanie May, Sr., defense; Megan Rauseo, Sr., midfield; Erin Berube, Sr., defense; Aly Spencer, Sr., forward; Kylie Regan, Sr., midfield; Alli Wiggins, Jr., forward

Returning lettermen: Sarah Bunnell, Sr., midfield; Kelly Sullivan, Sr., midfield, Alex Nagri, Sr., forward; Brenna Lonneman, Sr., midfield; Maddie Arndt, Sr., goalie; Kelly Daigle, Sr., defense; Alessandra Sadler, Jr., defense; Jenna Martin, Jr., forward

Promising newcomers: Trudy Lynch, Jr., forward; Sarah Regan, Soph., defense; Emma White, Soph., midfield; Erin Dwinell, Soph., midfield; Caroline Moolic, Soph., midfield; Amanda Fay, Frosh., goalie; Nicole Wiggins, Frosh., defense

Candidates: 70

Captains: Courtney Walsh, Stephanie May, Kylie Regan

Returning goal leaders: Alli Wiggins 13, Courtney Walsh 11

Returning honorees: Alli Wiggins, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Courtney Walsh, Stephanie May and Alyson Spencer, All-MVC; Kylie Regan, MVC All-Star

Assistants: Katie Andrade; Jami Stryzcula, JV; Ashley Evangelista, Freshmen, John Sears, volunteer

Odds and ends: Central has had two one-loss seasons in the last three years. ... Aly Spencer will play at Holy Cross. ... Alli and Nicole Wiggins are sisters. So are Kylie and Sarah Regan.

Coach Casey Grange (4th year, 45-6-6): “Our only loss last year was on a PK in the last game. We were left with a bad taste in our mouth but that made us more committed to working harder in the offseason both individually and as a team to get better.”

Haverhill

2012 record: 8-5-5, lost in Division 1 North prelims

Returning starters (9): Kelleigh Cokely, Sr., forward Abby Nauffts, Sr., midfield; Christine Dauphinais, Sr., defense; Andrea Blanchard, Sr., defense; Bianca Hussein. Jr., midfield; Marlayna Buco, Jr., goalie; Molly Thomas, Jr., defense; Kerrin Thomas, Jr., midfield; Lindsey Fitzpatrick, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: Allie Simmons, Sr., midfield; Grace Stanton, Jr., midfield; Ashley Onofaro, Jr., defense

Promising newcomers: Nina Frasca, Soph., midfield; Danielle Stratoti, Soph., midfield; Julia Norton, Soph., midfield; Katie Lynch, Frosh., midfield; Madalyne Buco, Frosh., goalie

Candidates: 45

Assistants: Bill Tarbox; Zachary Simmons, JV

Captains: Kelleigh Cokely Abby Nauffts, Allie Simmons, Christine Dauphinais

Returning goal leaders: Kelleigh Cokely 11

Returning honorees: Kelleigh Cokely, Eagle-Tribune All-Star; Abby Nauffts, Christine Dauphinais, Marlayna Buco, Basema Hussein and Lindsey Fitzpatrick, MVC All-Stars

Odds and ends: Sophomore Basema Hussein (7 goals) suffered a season-ending ACL injury. Her sister Bianca (sprained knee) will be out a few weeks. ... Molly and Kerrin Thomas, Marlayna and Madalyne Buco, and Bianca and Basema Hussein are sisters. ... Legendary coach Bill Tarbox is assisting his son.

Fred Tarbox (7th year, 51-39-16): “We won the small school MVC title last year and our goal is to do it again. The biggest addition is my dad helping us.”

Methuen

2012 record: 4-13, didn’t make state tourney

Returning starters (6): Cassie Levesque, Sr. midfield; Madison Langlois, Sr., midfield; Alexa Cicolini, Sr., midfield; Meghan Murphy, Jr., defender; Danielle Cicolini, Soph., defense; Christina Corey, Soph., midfield

Returning lettermen: Emily Wehring, Sr., midfield; Alex Comerford, Sr., midfield; Caitlyn Wallace, Sr., midfield; Renee Cormier, Jr., midfield; Jenna O’Malley, Jr., defense; Alexis Hardy, Jr., forward; Kelly Blackwell, Jr., defense; Kayleigh Forgetta, Jr., defense; Nicole Hering, Soph., defense

Promising newcomers: Cheyenne Berry, Sr., forward; Kristi Couto, Jr., defense; Nan Williams, Jr., forward; Rosemary Mahoney, Soph., forward; Megan Langlois, Frosh., goalie; Nicole Langlois, Frosh., midfield

Candidates: 60

Captains: Madison Langlois, Alexa Cicolini

Returning goal leaders: Cassie Levesque 2, Madison Langlois 2, Christina Corey 2

Returning honorees: Madison Langlois and Danielle Cicolini, MVC All-Stars

Assistants: Lindsay Pappas, JV; Arianna Damiano, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Megan and Nicole Langlois are highly touted twins and the sister of Madison. ... Tim Gordon (MHS ‘05) replaced Peter Kitsos, who went 47-70-8 in seven years. Gordon coached the freshman boys last year. He also played at Elms College. His father, Dave, was the head coach at Methuen and Haverhill.

Tim Gordon (1st year): “We have a lot of experience mixed with young talent so I think we’re really going to surprise some teams.”

North Andover

2012 record: 12-6-1, lost in Division 1 North first round

Returning starters (4): Tori Sullivan, Sr., defense; Leah Chittick, Jr., midfield; Maura Barry, Jr., defense; Megan Collins, Jr., goalie

Returning lettermen: Shannon Cieslewski, Sr., defense; Emily Crabtree, Sr., defense; Jenna Smolag, Sr., midfield; Emily Sauls, Jr., goalie; Mikayla Guthrie, Jr., forward; Abbie Karalis, Soph., forward; Tess Dunham, Soph., midfield

Promising newcomers: Megan McCann, Jr., midfield; Stephanie Stabile, Jr., forward; Colleen Chittick, Soph., midfield; Michelle Poirier, Soph., defense

Candidates: 75

Returning honorees: Maura Barry, Megan Collins and Abbie Karalis, MVC All-Stars

Captains: Jenna Smolag, Tori Sullivan, Shannon Cieslewski

Returning goal leaders: Abbie Karalis 7, Leah Chittick 4, Mikayla Guthrie 4

Assistants: Laura Doran, JV; Katie Hebert, Freshmen

Odds and ends: Lisa Rasanen, a former Scarlet Knight great who earned All-American honors at Merrimack College, takes over for Bud McCarthy, who won an impressive 358 games in 26 seasons. Rasanen was the JV coach since 2001.

Coach Lisa Rasanen (1st year): “I think we have a very promising group. A lot of talent. We’re still working on chemistry. But I think we’re going to have a great season.”

MVC Overview

Central Catholic has seven starters back from a one-loss team. That loss still stings but could prove to be an inspiration to make a run at a state title. The Raiders are ranked No. 2 in ESPNBoston’s statewide rankings. Andover does the Raiders one better with eight returning starters. And Haverhill has nine!