Thayer Academy Girls Soccer Wins 2017 Class B New England Championship
Nov. 20 2017
Thayer girls soccer beat Pomfret School in dramatic fashion Sunday to win the Class B New England Championship--a first for girls soccer. Ally Sentnor '22 scored Thayer's first goal off of a corner kick in the first half, and Pomfret answered back, tying the game 1-1. The teams played two 10-minute overtime periods, and Brittany Raphino '19 scored the winning goal.
"The championship match against Pomfret was an incredible game," said Coach Nick Rugnetta '07.
"Marlie Dennett '18 had a great game in goal. She made a couple great saves and did very well coming off her line when needed,"said Rugnetta."Gabby Grattan '20 and Kristyn Moran '20 had great games in the center back, making big tackles and clearances when needed. Payton Bridge '20, Mackenzie Brewster '19 and Maddie DeLuca '20 all stepped up and had big games and contributions for us in the back line. Ally Deegan and Ciara Sage were the engines in our midfield and worked so hard to win tackles, make passes and get our attack started when we won the ball. They were tough as nails. Eden Donnellan '21, Mikaila Kitchen '21, and Maddie Broderick '20 all played big roles in the game. They all had big games in our attack, and were dangerous taking players on and creating chances for us to score."
"This team started the season with the goal of competing to get into the Class B Tournament and seeing how well we could do in the ISL. Winning the tournament is an incredible accomplishment for the girls and the school. It was made possible because with every game we played, the girls grew in their self-confidence and their willingness to sacrifice for their teammates. The girls strived everyday to lift each other up and to elevate each other as players, teammates, and friends. This season was special before we won the New England title. This just makes it that much sweeter. We started out as a group with the goal of qualifying for the tournament. We finish the season as a true team that has made history. We are champions."
For more on the game, click here.
For an interview by Thayer Sports Network's Andy Goffin '18 with the two captains, Emma Steffan '18 and Brittany Raphino '19 and Ally Sentnor '22, click here.