NEPSAC Soccer Coaches and Athletes Helping Kick World's Culture Barriers
By BOB YORK
Chris Kaimmer has always loved the game of soccer. As a player, however, it never loved him back.
“I wasn’t very good at it … I played it as though I had two left feet,” quipped Kaimmer, who, despite his unrequited love, still found a way to wrap his life around the sport he feels so passionate about. The former Noble and Greenough School soccer coach accomplished that by creating Woza Soccer, a summer service program that affords high school and college soccer players the opportunity to travel the world and use their sport to build bridges and link cultures.
2016 Kimball Union Academy Girls' Soccer: A Championship Season for the Ages
Heading into the 2016 soccer season, Kimball Union’s Girls Varsity team knew they had a dynamic team. Led by Coaches Dan Weintraub and Murray Dewdney, the girls’ scrimmaged and tied a much larger school, St. Paul’s, and kicked off their official season with a six-game winning streak. Their first loss came after the unimaginable loss of a friend and teammate due to a tragic car accident. The 0-1 loss to peer school Brewster was overshadowed by the overwhelming support and admirable sportsmanship of the Bobcats.
Pingree Girls' Soccer: 2016 NEPSAC Class B New England Champions
Girls' Varsity Soccer took home the NEPSAC Class B New England Championship title this fall, their third title win in four years. After back-to-back championships in 2013 and 2014, the Highlanders moved up a division in 2015, but came up short, falling 2-0 to Rivers in the semi-final.
This fall, led by captains Abby Dirks '17, Meg Foye '17, and Olivia Pena '17, the team came back ready for another shot. The squad won the Eastern Independent League and went on to play Middlesex in the first round of the NEPSAC Tournament, beating Middlesex 6-2 at home. The Highlanders then faced a strong Pomfret team in the semi-final round, with a game decided by penalty kicks. Goalkeeper Holly Stam’18 came up strong and the team advanced to the final.
Ala Legowski ’19 of The MacDuffie School Makes Polish National Team
The MacDuffie School of Granby, MA is pleased to announce that Ala Legowski '19 recently played in the U16 UEFA Development Tournament in Europe in April.
Ala, who has also participated in the Olympic Development Program, played for the U17 Polish National Team--a tremendous honor for Ala, her family, and the MacDuffie community. The tournament is the first call-up of the team as U17 players. According to the UEFA website,
Ethel Walker Student Named to U17 Puerto Rican National Soccer Team
Walker's sophomore Veronica Garcia '18 has been selected to play for the U17 Puerto Rican National Soccer Team. She has been chosen to represent Puerto Rico next month in three matches, with the hope that the team will qualify for the
CONCACAF U17 Women's Championship, which will be played in March of 2016 in Grenada.
"I have this overwhelming sense of gratefulness," reflected Garcia. "I get to do something I love at such a high level and represent the place I'm from, and it gives me a sort of surreal feeling because this is one of my biggest dreams. I have such a strong support system coming from friends here at Ethel Walker. I feel very blessed that this opportunity has presented itself, and that my parents are one-hundred percent there for me through this process because I would not be here without them. I now have the chance to give back to them and let them see that all the sacrifices they have made for me will pay off."
"It's an honor and a thrill to have a Walker's soccer player on the world stage," said Walker's Varsity Soccer Coach Todd
D'Alessandro. "Veronica consistently demonstrates and models the values the coaching staff looks for; a never-say-die attitude, belief in herself, and support for her teammates. No matter the score or situation, Veronica can be counted on to lead on the field, and show empathy and understanding towards not only her teammates, but to her opponents as well."
Veronica has been a student at Walker's since the seventh grade and a member of the Varsity team since the eighth grade. She has been a staple of the team's midfield and offensive attack for the last two years, using her footwork and speed to throw off opposing defenses.
Puerto Rico is a member of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) and is has been placed into Group A in the CFU. Veronica will play with her new teammates in qualifying matches against Jamaica, Cuba and Bermuda. All matches will be played in Puerto Rico.
Rivers' Brooke Heinsohn '16 Named to U-18 National Team For Upcoming Training Camp
Rivers senior goalkeeper Brooke
Heinsohn ’16 was named to the United States U-18 Women’s Soccer National Team for an upcoming training camp in Mexico City, where they will play two games against Mexico’s U-20 Women’s National Team.
The training camp will take place from August 8-16 with the games being played on August 13 and 15 in Mexico City. All 20 players that were named to the roster were born in 1998 and this trip starts the group’s push to qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-20 Women’s World Cup in France.
Brooke is one of two goalkeepers and one of just two players from New England to be selected for this training camp, the other being a forward from Connecticut. She has been training with the
USWNT since the spring when she attended a training camp at the U.S. Olympic Training Center in Chula Vista, California.
Brooke helped lead her club team,
NEFC, to a national championship this summer.
NEFC topped PDA South 96 Force from New Jersey, 5-2, at the National Premier Leagues National Finals in
Westford, Indiana. You can watch the full game here.
In addition to this accomplishment, Brooke and classmate Liz Webber ’16 were named to the national watch list for the 2015 High School Soccer All American Game, which will be played on December 5 in Raleigh, North Carolina. Both Brooke and Liz were National Soccer Coaches Association of America (
NSCAA) All-Region and All-State players in 2014, while Liz also earned All-American distinction.
Jacob Harris ’16 was named to the watch list on the boys’ side, following in the footsteps of Trevor
Davock ’15 who played in the 2014 contest.
Abigail Bridge and Kesha Porter officially signed their National Letters of Intent to play college soccer
Lexington Christian Academy: Bridge & Porter Sign National Letters of Intent
On Friday morning, February 6, 2015, the LCA Athletic Department hosted a signing day ceremony for two accomplished student-athletes. Abigail Bridge and Kesha Porter are LCA seniors who have had tremendous soccer careers and will be taking their talents to the next level. Both Bridge and Porter signed their National Letters of Intent to play collegiate soccer on Friday.
Photo Credit: Jon Chase
Groton Girls' Soccer: 2014 NEPSAC Class B Champions!
Groton’s girls soccer team clinched the
NEPSAC Class B championship Sunday with a decisive 2-0 win over Wilbraham &
The girls delivered a one-two punch in the first half, with
Varley-Barrett ’15 scoring the first goal and Caitlyn
DiSarcina ’17 putting another into the net about two minutes later. Caroline
Morss '15 assisted on the first goal, and Carrie Moore '17 got the assist on the second.
Monson could not recover. After a tight second half, the game ended with the Groton School girls victorious. The team had proved its mettle the day before with a nail-biting victory over Rivers School, a game that was scoreless throughout and ended in penalty kicks.
"The girls were confident, determined, and poised," said Coach Ryan Spring of Sunday's title match. "I was worried about a letdown after the Rivers game, but the Sixth Formers made sure we were up for it. I am just so proud of the team!"
Congratulations to Groton’s champions!
Tabor Seawolves: 2013 New England Class B Co-Champions
The Tabor Seawolves are the 2013 New England Class B Co-Champions! The girls played their hearts out on a cold and rainy Sunday afternoon in Pomfret, CT against a very talented Rivers squad. By tournament rules, the teams battled through 80 minutes of regulation play, then through four ten-minute overtime periods at which point the teams were declared co-champions.
The Rivers School: 2013 Class B Co-Champions
The varsity girls’ soccer team finished its undefeated season as NEPSAC Class B Co-Champions after tying Tabor Academy 0-0 in Sunday’s final at The Pomfret School. Both teams had chances to break the tie, but after 120 minutes of soccer the Red Wings and Sea Wolves finished on equal footing.
It was the final game for seniors Maclaine Lehan, Meghan Lee, Jacquie Boudreau, Erica Chalmers, and Olivia Antonelli who will finish their careers with a 49-9-12 record, two consecutive undefeated regular seasons and one Class B Co-Championship.