The 2012 Bolton Varsity Girls Soccer team includes (front, left to right): Abbie Seamans, Lindsay Markham, Kim Wright, Kenzie Tennent, Micaela Perrelli, Andi Pfau, (rear): Coach Patrick Morency, Molly Schodes, Olivia Seamans, Erin Courchaine, Maddy Wilson, Olivia Clesceri, and Caroline Clesceri. (Not pictured): Sarah Calzada, Ceshele Powell and Sydney LaPan.
Traditionally, as sports seasons start, news reporters hear countless coaches voice a common cliche as they talk of their teams’ prospects.
“It’s a rebuilding year,” they say, lamenting the loss of a lineup of stars to graduation.
But while the Bolton High School Girls Soccer team lost no less than seven 2011 seniors to graduation, coach Patrick Morency didn’t utter the trite phrase this week.
He’s got an experienced roster returning, including some athletes who have achieved regional acclaim.
Among those returning is Olivia Seamans, a sophomore who is a three-time Adirondack League All-Star and a two-time Section II All-Star. She’ll be taking on the role of lead forward attacker, scoring a lot of goals for the team, Morency said. Seamans was the top scorer for the team in 2011.
“Olivia is a really gifted athlete,” he said. “She’s got a lot of speed and its deceptive how strong she really is.”
Morency added that Seamans invests a lot of time in soccer camps and plays travel-team soccer off-season.
Joining her on the team is her sister Abbie Seamans, who was a league All-Star as a 7th grader playing Varsity in 2011.
This duo will be joined by Senior Sydney LaPan, a five-year Varsity player who’s a talented defender, as well as three-year Varsity starter Kim Wright who is so versatile she can battle at virtually any position, but she’ll likely spend most time as a midfield defender, Morency said.
Then there’s Sophomore Sarah Calzada, who in 2011 was awarded honorable mention league All-Star. She played every minute of every game last season, and is talented at controlling the midfield, Morency said.
“Sarah’s a workhorse soccer player,” he said. “I can always count on her.”
The roster of talent is even deeper.
Freshman Erin Courtney, who also won a league All-Star title in 2011, is returning as well.
Despite all the 2011 individual accolades, the team tallied 5-8-2 last year in the highly competitive Adirondack League, new for the program. Most of the outstanding players were young, and may have needed more experience, observers have said.
But Morency said these accomplished soccer players are ready to scale new heights in the highly-competitive league.
“The girls put in a lot of time and work — they play club soccer in winter, spring and summer — and it’s producing results,” he said.
Among those working hard is Freshman Andi Pfau, who is putting in a lot of extra time learning the goalkeeper position. She’s taking over for Rosie Denne, the talented four-year starting goalie who graduated.
Morency said his team historically enjoyed considerable success in the Mountain & Valley Athletic Conference, and now as members of the Adirondack League, the players are enthusiastic about the additional challenge.
“We have a solid, hardworking team of players, and their effort is going to pay off,” he said. “They are a committed group, and they get along together. They want to work hard because they don’t want to let any of their friends down.”
Morency said he admires their spirit.
“As a group, they want to move on and win games, he said. “They want to be really competitive and leave a positive mark on the season.”
Bolton High School
2012 Varsity Girls Soccer schedule
Sept. 4 Granville Central Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 6 Loudnvill.Christn. Away 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 8 Northville Cntrl. Away 6 p.m.
Sept. 11 Hadley-Luzern. Home 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 13 Lake George Home 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 18 Fort Ann Away 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 Whitehall Away 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 25 Salem Central Home 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 27 Hadley-Luzern. Away 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 29 Watrfd-Halfmn Away
Oct. 2 Lake George Away 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 4 Fort Ann Home 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 6 Old Forge trny. Away
Oct. 7 Old Forge trny. Away
Oct. 11 Whitehall Home 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 16 Salem Central Away 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 19 Elizatwn-Lewis E-twn 4:15 p.m.