Tonawanda News — With the sting of last season’s sectional semifinal loss still fresh in the minds of the Tonawanda girl’s soccer team, the Lady Warriors went out early this season and made a statement: a 10-0 win over the same Eden team that eliminated them a year ago.
“That was a game we were pumped up for. I don’t know if we are that good, but we looked great,” said THS coach Julie Johnson. “It was kind of our coming out game. We were working together well, and we knew where each other was going to be.”
The Lady Warriors have started out the season 2-2, and Johnson said the team is still working out the kinks with a few new faces that have entered the fold. But Tonawanda has a ton of experience, led by last year’s leading scorer and News’ girl’s soccer Player of the Year Kalyn Compeau.
Johnson said Compeau is even better this year and has big goals for her senior season.
“We’re expecting great things out of Kalyn this year,” Johnson said. “It’s what I’ve been waiting for from her. You knew it was in there, but she was very shy and a selfless player before, which wasn’t a bad thing, but sometimes we just need her to make things happen. She had the talent but she felt selfish keeping the ball. She is leading by example and she has a lot of talent around her this year to help.”
Three underclassmen have already made an impact this season, and Johnson has been thrilled with their approach and willingness to learn. Hope Balling, Grace Stranahan and Sydney Kowsky join a group of seven seniors, which includes Caylie Stuart, Ashley Ostrowski, Alanna Herne, Kristine Carsen, Megan Tuskes and Jordan Johnson to make up a Tonawanda squad with a ton of potential.