Tonawanda News — Those spots all demand finishers. The Lady Jacks have a well-balanced scoring attack with quick-strike capability, already scoring goals in the first minute of two matches.
“They are right up there with my teams from 2006-07 when we went to back-to-back sectional finals. We had so many weapons that we could use,” Sabo said. “The scoring was spread around and we were putting in 90 goals per season. Last year it took us to the midpoint of the season to have 13 goals.”
NT is led by three senior captains with a total of 14 years of varsity experience: Cassidy Powers (5), Karley Herberger (4) and Nicole Mallone (5). The trio has helped the team to score 13 goals through three matches. That’s as many as they notched in the first half of 2012.
“It’s just running our system and wherever the ball ends up, that’s the girl who will bury the ball in the back of the net,” Sabo said.
The attack is led by a big forward in Mallone, but the goals are coming from everywhere.
“Kelly Nichols got both of our goals on Grand Island,” Sabo said. “Sam Haynes, one of our ninth graders, had a hat trick against Ken East and this is my first year having a seventh grader (Olivia Hooley) play regular season varsity with us, getting significant playing time, and she scored against Ken East.”
— Nick Mendola
It’s the same message being delivered by a familiar face.
As the 2013 edition of the Kenmore West Lady Blue Devils soccer team prepares for the new season they will have an old friend guiding the way.
Longtime girls JV coach Clarence Boatman has taken over the varsity program after coach Jen Gilham stepped down in April for family reasons.
Having coached every player during their JV career Boatman said he feels there was an instant connection from day one, and they haven’t had to go through a process of everyone getting to know each other.