Troy girls soccer preview

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Head coach: Justin Haviland

Last year’s record: 2-14-0

Playoff result: Lost in first round of Sectionals

Returning starters: Madison Rifenberick (junior goaltender), Abby Burns (junior forward), Grace Collins (junior center back), Skylar Burns (sophomore defensive midfielder), Gabby LaRose (junior midfielder/forward), Amaya George (senior midfielder), Kristen Paravella (sophomore central midfielder), Marissa Moreno (sophomore center back), Lauren McElligot (junior midfielder/defender)

Graduated: Isabelle Churan (midfielder), Heather Moss (central midfielder), Lauren Nicoll (defender), Natalie Stoner (defender), Alyssa Edwards (midfielder), Tatianna Karmazyn (midfielder)

Newcomers: Antonia Alfano (sophomore forward), Allison Poland (senior defender), Olivia Hayes (freshman defensive midfielder), Rachael Malek (sophomore central midfielder), Kiya Nurse (junior defender), Karley Duda (junior defender), Mariana Grande (sophomore defender)

Outlook for season: The Flying Horses will attempt to build upon a 2017 season in which eight of their games were decided by one goal – five of which were decided in overtime.

“The team this year is very motivated and prepared for the grueling Suburban Council schedule ahead,” said Haviland. “With … Suburban Council All-Star returners Maddie Rifenberick in goal … Abby Burns up top and Kristen Paravella in the midfield, the team has the leadership to be competitive in every game. The additions of speedy defender Kiya Nurse, strong defensive-minded midfielder Olivia Hayes and the calming footwork of midfielder Rachael Malek will add to Troy’s quest to compete within the most difficult league in the Capital Region.”

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