Tonawanda News — “We’re very optimistic about this season. The core group has really shown a great leadership role all together,” Johnson said.
Ostrowski is the unsung hero for the Lady Warriors. Johnson called her one of the team’s toughest players who doesn’t show up on the score sheet very often, but is somebody who is always giving maximum effort on the pitch.
In net, Herne has really come into her own, Johnson said. Every year she has shown improvement and this year she’s really starting to put everything together in net.
“Alanna is phenomenal,” Johnson said. “She is naturally athletic and as a goalie she knows positioning and she is really aggressive in net. She’s becoming more vocal as a goalie and she’s pumped for the season. I think she is one of the best goalies in our league to be honest.”
After a tough loss to North Tonawanda in their last game, the Lady Warriors are now looking toward league play to make their mark in 2013.
“We want to put Tonawanda on the map for girls soccer. We really want to keep our momentum going so that people know us and that’s when people are afraid to play you,” Johnson said. “That’s the attitude we’re starting to build in our program.”
— Matt Parrino
“Last year we didn’t finish where we wanted to finish.”
The quote from 15-year North Tonawanda coach Steve Sabo is a loaded one, but the coach knew there was a simple solution following a disappointing 7-0 loss to Iroquois in the 2012 Sectionals.
Sabo’s team wasn’t out-classed in the game, just out-worked and “mentally sloppy.” That’s already changed for 2013.
“We worked on preparing more before games as a team,” Sabo said. “It’s a very close-knit group of girls. They all have each other’s back and they know if one person is not ready to play there’s someone ready to take their place.”