Colton Venner traps the ball for Keene.
Boys varsity soccer
The Keene varsity boys soccer team is looking to be a force in Division III of the Northern Soccer League in 2013.
“Our goal is to compete for the division title,” coach Charles Platt said. “We return a good core of players including Colton Venner in goal, Harry Joanette and Justin Haverlick on defense, with Gabe Warner and Brandon Dumas on offense.”
Platt added that the team will also be mixing in new varsity players to the veteran core.
“We’re going to play a few young players who are new to varsity,” he said. “We are lucky to have three exchange students who will help us quite a bit throughout the season.”
Seniors on the squad include Maxx Sturges, Gabe Warner, Pacharapol “Draf” Boonrut and Zoran Karapetrovic.
Juniors include Senngyeol Ko “Paul,” Brandon Dumas, Colton Venner, JT Giglinto, Harry Joanette, Warren Ashe, Matthew Holmes and Josh Haverle.
Justin Haverlick, Tim Montez, Cadin Belisle and Dustin Hall make up the sophomore contingent of the roster along with freshmen Ethan Giglinto, Rory Riggins and Max Rossi.
Eighth grader Miles Warner rounds out the squad.
Charles Platt will be assisted by Ian Hall and Sean Platt.
Girls varsity soccer
The Keene varsity girls soccer team is looking to improve on its 2012 season with a run at the Northern Soccer League Division III title this year.
“The Keene girls soccer team is positioned to build off of last year’s strong season,” new head coach Brittany Purdy said. “Eleven players are returning for the 2013 season and will be joined by 11 new faces. They will have strength in numbers and will be using that to their advantage on the outside midfield positions.”
Purdy said that the team will have to look to replace several strong defenders but should be able to shore up the back third of the field.
“The team lost strong defensive leaders last year to graduation and players relocating but will continue to have the leadership of their senior goalie, Tucker Geiger,” she said. “Naomi Peduzzi and Elaina Smith look to take over the defense while Keene’s leading scorer, Hanna Whitney, will be back to control the midfield.”
The Beavers will also look for contributions from three international students.
“Sara Francino Gagliandi, one of Keene’s exchange students from Brazil, will be stepping into the striker position,” Purdy said. “Fie Tims, from Denmark, and Clara Garcia Sanz, from Spain, are also joining the ranks this season.”
The roster includes seniors Tucker Geiger, Kari LeClair, Katie Waltner and Sara Francio Gagliandi; juniors Naomi Peduzzi, Taylor Geiger, Kaley Garno Potter and Fie Tims; sophomores Grace Struges, Vanessa Heald, Amanda Bruha, Madison Gifford, Ciarra Ashe, Liza Amirault and Clara Garcia Sanz; freshmen Hanna Whitney, Elaina Smith, Bailey VanNess, Heather Abbott and Daria Venner; and eighth graders Elly Smith and Cori-Anne Stoner.