By Rob Tetro
At the beginning of the season, things didn’t go quite as planned for The Fulton Girls Junior Varsity Soccer Team.
According to Coach Mike Malette, Fulton started off the season with 5 straight losses. In those 5 losses, they scored only 3 goals.
However, The Lady Raiders turned things around during the final 11 games of the season. They had 8 wins, 1 loss and 2 ties to finish the season with a 8-6-2 record. Fulton scored 40 goals during the 11 game stretch.
The Lady Raiders had six players who contributed to more than 10 goals this season.
The team was led by Sabrina Verdoliva, who had six goals and six assistants. Following Verdoliva were Cheyenne Hotchkiss and Mallori Kitts with six goals and five assists each.
Tori Izyk scored five goals with two assists. Erin Nicholson scored seven goals and has two assists. Emily Bush had four goals and two assists while Sarah Tallents, Brittany Alton, Taylor Kesterke, Emilee Hyde, Rebecca Segouin, Kaylin Pafumi and Paige Noel also tallied points for Fulton this season.
This season, the last line of defense for the Lady Raiders was Goalie Erin Baker, who saved 130 shots while allowing only 31 goals. Paige Rowlee relieved Baker from time to time. Alongside Baker and Rowlee, Gina Babcock, Miranda Prosser, Sammy Tanner, Lexi Caruana, Sarah Rice and Meg Nicholson were also key defenders for Fulton.
With the conclusion of the season, Fulton’s Varsity Team says goodbye to only six seniors (three were starters). Lena Pawlewicz, Christine Hotaling, Amelia Coakley, Julia Lee, Meriah Dishaw and Sarah Halstead left their mark on the Fulton Girls Soccer Program.
This means there are limited spots available for Mallete’s quality players who hope to move up to varsity next season.
Seventh- and eighth-graders played on either Fulton’s girls junior varsity soccer team or varsity soccer team this past season.
Looking ahead, Malette is excited about the future of Fulton girls soccer.
“By the time all of the JV players from this year move up, the varsity team should be looking at a full complement of talented players.”, he said.