Tonawanda News — “We had a lot of girls play a lot of summer ball all year round. They’re working very hard,” said Boatman. “We’ve got the basic abilities. We’ve got talent. It’s just a matter of coming together as a team.”
Leading the way for the Lady Blue Devils will be tri-captains Lauren Lepovich (junior), and seniors Danielle Hoare and goal keeper Hannah Post.
While the Blue Devils lost a solid team leader in Marylouise Lindner, Boatman feels Hoare, Lepovich and Post without question have the qualities to take over and set the right tone.
Freshman Grace Ferguson returns and should provide offensive punch up top, and she and Lepovice will form a speedy tandem that will give opposing defenders fits. Caitlyn Burke is another key returnee the Blue Devils are hoping can get healthy.
While the talent is there perhaps the best weapon the Blue Devils have going for them is unity. Everyone is on the same page and has that all-important team-first mentality.
“We’re all getting along,” said Lepovich. “As we’re coming together as a team we’re starting to really connect so early.”
Destiny Catania, Katie Proy and Bayley Balch are among the faces hoping to make an impact this season.
— Dave Ricci
If the core can live up to expectations and the supporting cast can carry its own weight, there is no reason why the Kenmore East girls soccer team can’t compete in the Niagara Frontier League.
Leading the way for the Bulldogs are senior co-captains Erin O’Brien and Megan Talmon. Both have the blend of talent and leadership that coaches look for in their captains.
O’Brien will be especially key. Missing last season due to a knee injury, she is back and ready to make her senior year a memorable one.