Green Mountain Union High School "The Chieftains" Athletic Director Eric Anderson
Boys' Soccer: Class III
Head Coach - Ed Laffaye, third season as varsity coach.
The Green Mountain Union High School boys' soccer team is looking to improve upon a five win season, after losing a half dozen seniors to graduation.
However, coach Laffaye does see the light at the end of the tunnel, as the Chiefs begin their third season under his system. The Green Mountain roster also seems to have a good balance of experience and youth.
"Some say it takes a good five years to really change the philosophy of a soccer program," coach Lafffaye stated in a recent interview.
"But now in our third season, I really feel like the guys are settling in and understanding what we are trying to accomplish.
"We've got some good athletes on this team and some speed on the outside, but we'll also need Jacob (goal keeper Walker) to step up and play well."
Key returning players include Luke Thompson, Ian Furrer, Rex Calabrese, Jacob Walker, Ryan Bartley, Justin Veysey, Derek Baker and Briland Fisher.
Also watch for Cooper Neass and Harrison Chase to make an immediate impact as well.
Thompson and Neass are creating some good offensive chemistry early and will be key factors on the offensive end, while the sophomore keeper Walker will need to step up quickly and become a vocal leader on the defensive end.
Walker has good instincts and an aggressive style, therefore he'll need to make quick decisions and really get after anything in his range.
The Chiefs have some quickness up front and if they can stay healthy, are deep enough to be fresher at the end of games, a luxury they have not had the last couple of seasons.
Girls' Soccer: Division IV
Head coach - Julie Walton, third season as varsity coach.
The Green Mountain girls' soccer team is coming off a season a great season that saw them go 9-5-2, before losing to eventual state champion Peoples in the first round of the tournament.
After losing four players to graduation including their goal keeper, coach Walton still returns nine players which will bring leadership and experience to the field.
Senior Georgia Ladd takes over in the net and plays an aggressive style and should be solid in the net.
Some other key, returning players looking to create an impact include Laura Hofmann, Britta Kilgus, Sara Groshens, Alaina Savage, Lyndsey Walton, Jordan Crawford, Shelby Glover, Jade Ormrod-Lever and Kathrine Svec.
This team has a lot of talent up and down the roster and should be able to run with anyone in the division, however as coach Walton has stated herself, the Lady Chiefs need to finish off more plays and turn their offensive flow into goals.
They possess solid defenders led by Kilgus, Groshens and Lisle play well in the middle of the field and Hofmann, Savage and Walton can finish.
This team is balanced all over the field and poised to make some noise in Division III.