A Chat with the Captains of the Girls’ Varsity Soccer

Mary Zech, Arts Editor ’17

With the start of a new year comes the start a new soccer season for the girls on the St. Luke’s Varsity team.  Although school has only just begun, the Varsity Soccer girls have been hard at work since preseason began on August 15th. With the immense success that the team achieved last season, participating in both the FAA and New England Tournament, this year’s captains have big cleats to fill.

 

“The reason I love St. Luke’s so much, and why I’ve been here so long, is I think there is a great community feel towards the school. You don’t always get those friendships and the bonds the kids form with one another.” – Coach Dan Clarke

 

Dan Clarke, the beloved coach to the Girls Varsity team, has high goals coming into the season. “My hopes for the season are to repeat what we did last year, but do one better. We want to get back there and get those results right.” In his seven years as a Coach at St. Luke’s, Clarke remarked upon the strong sense of community. “The reason I love St.Lukes so much, and why I’ve been here so long, is I think there is a great community feel towards the school. You don’t always get those friendships and the bonds the kids form with one another.” This year, Clarke chose three senior and one junior as captains to lead the team to success.

 

“I really looked up to the captains, especially when I was a freshman and sophomore. I think it’s really important to have positive upper classman role models.” -Natalie Bachman (‘17)

 

Seena Panagiotidis (‘17) smiles brightly as she recalls her three previous years in the Varsity program. Now she and three others are facing a new challenge of being a captain. “My goals as a team is to make it to the last day we are able to play, so not necessarily win the championship.” Natalie Bachman (’17), also on her fourth year as on the Varsity team, felt very excited to get this new opportunity to work hard for her team, and be a good influence on her teammates. “I really looked up to the captains, especially when I was a freshman and a sophomore. I think it’s really important to have positive upperclassmen and role models.” Natalie is eager to make this season her best. Caroline Thompson (‘18) showed both promise and tenacity by being picked as a Junior to help lead her team. On being chosen, Caroline said, “I think I stepped into the role well and hopefully I am doing well for my teammates.”

 

“We are one team and we should all have one goal to the best team that we can be.”- Caitlyn Conetta (‘17)

 

The road to becoming a Captain was not an easy one. Caitlyn Conetta (‘17) reflects upon the journey, saying, “there was a lot of time where we weren’t sure who was going to be captain, and so there was about three weeks where there was a bunch of us that all worked really hard. Getting to hang out with those girls more and have all of us, not necessarily compute, but work towards wanting to be captain was a really great experience.” The bond that the girls share, even this early in the year, is sure to make for an amazing season. Caitlyn smiles at her fellow captains, the air is jittery with excitement as their game with Taft approaches. “We are one team and we should all have one goal to the best team that we can be.”

 

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