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September 12, 2013

Area 2013 girls soccer preview

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Tonawanda News — “We really missed Erin on the field last year and we’re looking forward to having her back getting in games and seeing her do great things,” said Kenmore East coach Chris Robey. “Not only as a leader but with her ball skills and hopefully putting the ball in the net.”

Junior Rose Mueller returns between the pipes and will give the Bulldogs a fighting chance everyday. Junior Hannah Coates and Lexie Albano also return.

Twins Rachel and Michelle Fiore, juniors, bring a combination of speed and a firey attitude that should inspire the rest of the team to bring their best until the final whistle.

“I think last year was definitely a building season for us,” said Megan Talmon. “Everybody knew we were losing just one person and we knew that we were having a strong core coming back this year.”

The Bulldogs had a rough go in the opening weekend of play as they fell to Sacred Heart and host Tonawanda during the Dan Durick Tournament. Both final scores were 3-0.

— Dave Ricci

CARDINAL O’HARA

The Lady Hawks said goodbye to one of their all-time great players in Leah McDonell at the end of last season after the two-sport O’Hara star became the first girls soccer player on record to score 100 career goals.

But Lady Hawks coach Stephanie Allaire said this year’s squad has a lot of talent and is hungry to compete.

Leah Coleman is back for her third season on varsity at goal keeper, and Allaire said the senior has stepped up as a leader.

“She is starting to be more vocal on the field, and communicating to her teammates what needs to be done in order for us to be successful,” Allaire said.

Senior captains Emily Neumeister and Candace Masich will also play large roles for the Lady Hawks this season. Neumeister is the starting sweeper and Allaire said she knows where to be at all times.

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