BOLTON LANDING - Success is a tradition for the Bolton Central Girls Soccer team.
Between 2006 and 2008, the team dominated the Mountain and Valley Athletic Conference's Division II.
Last year, their first season in the Adirondack League, they lost two talented players - one of them was Elizabeth Parker, sidelined by a knee injury. But despite these obstacles, the 2009 team managed to place second in the league, tallying a 5-5-3 record.
This year, Parker is back, and new Bolton girls soccer coach Patrick Morency has high expectations for Parker and fellow Senior Charlotte Caldwell in leading the team to new accomplishments.
"Charlotte is an experienced defender, and Liz is a great all-around player," Morency said of the two team captains. "I'll be leading heavily on them."
These two aren't the only assets of the team. In 2009, the squad lost only three Seniors to graduation, so there's a solid core of returning players with plenty of experience. This group includes Taylor Grover, who is a four-year starter.
On defense, Rosie Denne, a Junior, will be serving the team for the third year as starting goalkeeper.
Morency said the team includes an outstanding eighth grader, Olivia Seamans, who worked hard to earn a spot on Varsity.
"The sky's the limit for Olivia," Morency said. "She works very hard, and she'll get out of it what she puts into it."
Morency cautioned that the team has a lot of work ahead to prevail in the Adirondack League, which is getting more competitive year by year.
"We're playing schools that are much bigger, so a lot will depend on how much effort and commitment the girls put into this season," he said, praising their work ethic. "So far, it looks like we should have a productive season."
Bolton High School
2010 Varsity Girls Soccer schedule
Sept. 11 Chazy Central Away 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 14 Salem Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 16 Hadley-Luzerne Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 21 Fort Ann Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 23 Lake George Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 28 Whitehall Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 30 Salem Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 5 Hadley-Luzerne Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 7 Fort Ann Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 12 Lake George Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 14 Whitehall Central Home 4:15 p.m.
Oct. 16 Willsboro Central Away 11:00 a.m.
Oct. 19 Schroon Lake Away 4:20 p.m.
Oct. 27 Sectionals start TBA TBA