Taconic Hills girls soccer has an ambitious plan for 2018

Taconic Hills

Head coach: Patrick McDonald

Last year’s record: 2-13-1

Playoff result: N/A

Returning starters: Alexandra Skabowski (senior center back), Chandler Hoose (forward/midfielder), Jaclynn Boyd (senior left back), Amanda Rustick (senior midfielder), Marleah Perry (junior midfielder/center back), Clare Howard (sophomore forward/midfielder), Macayla Sparacino (sophomore center back)

Graduated: Catherine Shadic (goalkeeper), Ella Wolfe (midfielder/defensive back), Nicole Kernan (defensive back), Katie Prack (midfielder/forward), Lexi Schiable (midfielder/forward), Carolee Depuy (transferred to Catskill)

Newcomers: Katelyn Hotaling (junior right back/forward), Julianna Carrasquillo (junior midfielder/goalkeeper), Hannah Wolfe (junior midfielder/forward), Marissa Kernan (sophomore midfielder/forward /defender), Hailee West (sophomore midfielder/forward), Isabelle Hamann (freshman midfielder/forward/center back), Lauren Adamo (freshman goalkeeper/midfielder), Imogen Drake (freshman midfielder/forward), Cecilia Gitt-Henderson (midfielder/forward), Violet Middlebrook (freshman defensive back/midfielder)

Outlook for season: Despite losing five key players to graduation, including a first team Patroon Conference All-Star goalkeeper (Shadic), and another to a transfer, McDonald said he believes Taconic Hills is ready for a strong 2018 season.

[The] team has good varsity experience at important positions,” said McDonald. “Our team speed is going to be hard to keep pace with. Our possession and movement off the ball have improved dramatically.”

Ultimately, Taconic Hills wants to be a contender for the Patroon Conference title.

They really want to win games while representing Taconic Hills with pride and respect,” said McDonald. “If we continue to practice hard and hold solid possession with a means of going forward and finishing, we will have success.”

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