SCHEDULE: INDIAN LAKE/LONG LAKE GIRLS
Aug. 31-Sept. 1 — A: @ Ausable Valley Tournament.
Sept. 8 — A: @ Wells, 4:15 p.m.
Sept. 10 — A: @ Keene, 11 a.m.
Sept. 13 — H: Schroon Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 15 — H: Crown Point, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 20 — A: @ Minerva/Newcomb, 4:30 p.m.
Sept. 22 — H: Westport, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 1 — H: Wells, 11 a.m.
Oct. 3 — H: Keene, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 5 — A: @ Schroon Lake, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 8-9 — Old Forge Tournament
Oct. 12 — A: @ Crown Point, 4:30 p.m.
Oct. 17 — A: @ Westport, 4:30 p.m.
Back for her first season coaching varsity in several years, Gina Pellettier gets her squad on the field for 6:30 a.m. practices. The early sessions are to accommodate the girls' jobs.
The squad is young, and they only have one senior. The team lost strong seniors with last year's graduation.
Pellettier has 11 juniors, with lots of great runners in the midfield including the returning Emma Gray and Jillian Miller.
Pellettier said the squad will have a strong defense, with Madison Miller as starting goalkeeper. Miller is a freshman, but Pellettier said she's feisty and will surprise opposing teams.
Also playing defense are fullbacks Kaylyn Bennett, Prudence Dechene and Margaret Smith. Abigail Darling will alternate as goalkeeper.
Playing the midfield will be Alyssa Cuthbert, Emma Gray, Morgan Hinckley and Sydney Hinckley. Emily Waters will alternate as a fullback. Pellettier noted that halfback Shannon Farrell has great ball control, speed and endurance. Halfback Jilliana Miller makes great crosses, said Pellettier.
In front is Morgan King, Jazmin Piraino, Victoria Moore and Cheyenne Wilder. Sweeper Ranya Hamdan and stopper Jessica Bain round out the team. Pelletier said Bain is an assertive player with sharp eyes.