Bolton High School’s 2013 Girls Soccer Team includes (front row, left to right): Liv Seamans, Molly Schoder, Kim Wright, Olivia Clesceri, Sarah Calzada, (rear): Caitlyn Speranza, Abigail Seamans, Madelyn Pratt, Caroline Clesceri, Erin Courchaine, Jenna Smith, Andi Pfau, Lindsay Markham, and Kenzie Tennent. (Not pictured): Ceshele Powell.
Despite having the smallest enrollment of schools in the Adirondack League, Bolton Central’s girls soccer team proved its mettle in 2012 by capturing second place in the Adirondack League.
Sports observers are now saying the 2013 team, having lost only two players, may experience even more success this year.
The reason is no secret. The team is loaded with talented athletes that have earned regional acclaim.
Yes, the team lost two outstanding athletes — Maddy Wilson and Sydney LaPan — but the 2013 squad still has a stellar lineup.
Offensively the team will be lead by Junior Olivia Seamans who finished 2012 with 21 goals and 14 assists. She’s a four-time Adirondack League All Star, a three-time Section II All Star, and an All-State honoree. She also is a key member of a Capital Region soccer team that won the National Presidents Cup, 17-and-under division, in July.
Erin Courchaine and Abbie Seamans, both league All-Stars as well, will help carry the offensive load for Bolton. Note that Abbie was first named All-Star as a seventh grader. Courchaine is a deceptively quick player who has a knack for scoring important goals and creating scoring chances for her teammates, Coach Patrick Morency said.
He also reflected that Freshman Abbie Seamans has an amazing work ethic, is the creative force of this team, and has remarkable talent. The Seamans sisters and Courchaine all keep their skills sharp by playing travel soccer with various clubs.
Morency continued that Senior Molly Schoder needs to use her experience to help create scoring chances for her teammate and finish the goal-scoring opportunities, and Junior Sarah Calzada, a second-team league All-Star, has played every minute of each game in 2011 and 2012 and is a versatile player who often handles many of the team’s tough defensive assignments as well as scoring goals when needed. Caroline Clesceri, Kenzie Tennent, and Caitlyn Speranza will be counted on to contribute to the attack, he added.
Regardless of the talent, Morency said this week his squad still faces a formidable challenge in 2013.
“The team must improve defensively, individually and collectively, so that we can use our energy to press the ball all over the field to force turnovers and feed our attack,” he said. “Second-year goalkeeper Andi Pfau must make the necessary saves that will keep her team in close games. And we need as many players as possible contributing to our goal-scoring efforts so that the responsibility doesn’t fall solely on Olivia.”
Defensively, Bolton will be led by returning starters Kim Wright, a second-team league All Star; Lindsay Markham; Olivia Clesceri; first year player Madelyn Pratt as well as Pfau. Morency said Wright is a well-rounded soccer player who is a solid one-on-one defender, he said.