Champlain Valley Union High coaches provide a preview of their teams for the 2014 fall sports season.
Head Coach: Scott Bliss
Key returning veterans: Sophia Gorman; Abby Keim; Emma Putre; Haley Harder and Carly Neeld
Leading newcomers: Leah Berger; Meara Heininger; Julie Sulva
Season prospects: Obviously Essex is the favorite returning their full top seven, so we are hoping to be able to compete with them and finish in the top two at the state meet. We will be looking to work together and try to improve as a team each week.
Key returning veterans: Tyler Marshall; Calvin McClellan; Harken Spillane; Tyler Wong; Devon Cantor
Leading newcomers: Elliot Eastman; Burke Spillane; Alex Legg; Matt Beer; Greg Goldman
Season prospects: We are hoping to again challenge for a place in the top three at the state meet and to continue to improve through out the season. We are very young still and we are hoping as they gain experience they become even more competitive at the state meet.
Coach: Kate McDonald
Key returning veterans: Sami Harvey (midfield); Lily Schmoker (forward); Lauren Macy (forward); Sarah Bergkvist (defense); Kathryn Asch (defense) —all seniors
Leading newcomers: Tashia Pashby-Rockwood (goalie); Stasha Rup (midfield)
Season prospects: We’re excited about another competitive season in the Metro League. We lost a small but strong group of graduating seniors, so we’re looking forward to our new players coming in to make an impact right away. First game Thursday, Sept. 5 vs. Colchester
Coach: Jim Provost
Key returning veterans: Jack Austin; Matt Goldsborough; Graeme Waples; Nick Fecteau; Sam Lewis; Jack Zullo; Will Potter
Leading newcomers: Jacob Griggs; Andrew Bortnick; Sam Mikell; Jack Dugan; Kienan Kittredge; Brandon Young; Tanner Smith
Season prospects: In a wide-open division, we hope to be in the playoff hunt. Much of our success will hinge on the performance of several new players up f
Coach: Katie Mack
Key returning veterans: Patrick McCue; Oliver Choiniere; Max Brown; Richard Baccei
Leading newcomers: Too early to tell
Season prospects: This year the team will rely on the shared leadership of a returning class of 12 seniors. Defensively, we look to stay organized in the back relying on communication from senior keeper Oscar Kelly and center backs Deagan Poland and Patrick McCue. We return several fast and athletic scoring threats including Richard Baccei and Chris Reiss on the flanks. Junior Cooper O’Connell will be an important utility player with his competitive edge and versatile tactical awareness. The team is hungry to avenge its loss to Colchester in last year’s state finals.
Coach: Stan Williams, Asst. Chris Smith
Key returning veterans: Seniors Maddie Turnau; Paige Dubrul; Bronwen Hopwood; Audrey Allegretta; Hannah Pease; Ellie Blake; Mackenzie Buckman; Sydnee Lyman; Juniors Catherine Cazayoux; Anne Keene; Megan Gannon; Sophomore Sierra Morton
Leading newcomers: Juniors Michaela Flore; Lindsay Kimball; Malina Carroll; Vina Nguyen; Lia Gagliuso; Amanda Daniels; Sophomores Naomi Burhans; Abba Weimer
Season prospects: We have another excellent group of kids and players. They have come into preseason working hard and we have high hope for the season. Our goal is to try and add our own chapter to the CVU girls soccer story.