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September 12, 2013

Area 2013 girls soccer preview

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Tonawanda News — Masich scored a goal Wednesday night in the Hawks’ opening game — a 4-3 loss to Niagara Catholic — and Allaire said she expects her to score a bunch more this season

“She has cannon for a leg. She can rip shots from outside the 18 and they’re pretty accurate for the most part,” Allaire said. “I like her in that center to mid where she can take those shots and catch the keeper off guard.”

Sophomore Rachael Farmer transferred in from Grand Island and will play in the backfield with Neumeister, where Allaire said she has demonstrated strong chemistry.

“Rachael also plays hockey so she brings a toughness element to her game,” Allaire said. “She has wheels and is not afraid to take the ball all the way to the front in order to create an opportunity to score or take a shot for herself.”

Allaire also expects 10th grader Kelli O’Donnell and Gina Draksic to contribute this season. Both scored goals Wednesday night.

With the loss of McDonell, Allaire is hoping the entire team will step up to fill the void.

“We need everybody to work together — when they drop back on defense and when they push forward on offense. That’s what I’ve been telling them so far this year,” she said. “We need to play smart and be aware — get the ball to Candace so she can get that ball long, and it will help us the whole season if we slow down the game and play smart.”

— Matt Parrino

MOUNT ST. MARY 

Not many programs with a history like Mount Saint Mary’s start a season with more new girls than veterans, but not many years see a 152-year-old private school close up shop.

When head coach Marisa Dauria opened camp for 2013, she had four new veteran, starting caliber players fresh into school. Three of those girls come from recently-closed Holy Angels Academy: goalkeeper Erin McCormick and defenders Danielle Jones and Mary Theresa Spears.

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