Girls Varsity Soccer at Derryfield: Welcome
The girls’ soccer team at Derryfield is filled with tradition and great pride: much hard work from players and coaches has established your team as one of the best in the state.
DS girls' soccer started as a club sport in the early 1980s, eventually becoming an authentic NHIAA team playing against several class M schools—class M is now considered division 3. Your team did quite well during this time, and this is confirmed by many division title banners that hang in your gym. While we remain strong in division IV, and have held the top position on many occasions in a field of competitors with a broad range of skill and talent, this does not come easy. The training of players to maintain a high level of excellent soccer has always been our goal.
In reviewing last season, it would be irresponsible not to highlight the uniqueness of your defenders. It is recognized that a soccer team builds from the back, and for the last two years we have been fortunate to have athletic players who, despite playing very little competitive soccer, took the chance to play at a high level and did very well in their defensive roles. This is how Hannah Comeau stepped onto the field, like Bethany Kalliel before her, and we were impressed at how quickly she mastered this assignment. We hope Hannah continues to find the game exciting and rewarding.
Some may suggest our season did not meet expectations. Not true, for we did many things right and there were many players who learned much about this game. What was tragic and incredible to witness, was the season-ending injuries of two players in our last regular season game because of bone breaks and dislocations. This was very unfortunate. It tests the spirit of a team and can greatly influence what happens in future games. As your coach, my faith in all of you remained unbroken, and I believe you became more united as a team, because of this experience.
There are specific player goals and there are team goals, and although many players worked hard and improved their skill, the team fell short in being a strong offensive threat when it mattered most. There is always something to learn from these experiences. They can be considered gifts, and we simply need to identify them, and work to improve.
One gift might be that we never stopped trying. Indeed, true failure is not trying. Is the gift a realization that we have players that never give up? Could the gift be young players that learned to work together and to conquer their fear of heading? Or, players accepting that they need to work days to weeks to rehabilitate before returning to the game? What did you learn? What gifts did you see?
Last season, your captains Roz KennyBirch, Hannah Menakaya and Brynn Polgrean, were passionate leaders who wanted the best and expected the best from every player. They were vocal and active captains who maintained a sense of mission right down to the last second of their last game. It has not gone unnoticed that these captains and those before them helped to build spirit and trust that form the basis for development of a soccer team with talented and coachable players.
Your team has 14 players returning from the 2012 season, with two players taking on the role as co-captains. Brynn Polgrean will work with a yet to be selected co-captain during preseason and it is expected that both will earn your respect. They will assist in guiding us through another successful season of soccer at Derryfield.
Finally, there are two topics that need emphasizing on this page. The first involves taking SAT exams. Every year, the soccer tournament dates share a SAT test date, and so members of the team are encouraged to take this test in October rather than in November. Saturday practice is the second topic. You will note that there are two Saturday practices scheduled, and have start times of 8:00 and 9:00am. Write them into your calendar.