September 20, 2006

Westhampton Girls' Soccer Preview Lady Hurricanes Will Be Competitive

"Last year was a rebuilding year and I think our team really bonded," said Westhampton varsity girls' soccer coach Mary Jaeger. "I think that we're going to do much better and I'm real excited for the upcoming season. There's going to be some good games and it's going to be very competitive. The girls believe in themselves."

Jen Polan, the Lady Hurricanes top player from 2005, returns for her senior season and she brings the leadership skills that Westhampton will rely on. Polan, a midfielder, "is an extremely talented player who is calm and mature," according to Jaeger. "She's going to do wonders for us."

Jessica Kew, a feisty, hardworking junior will play midfield this season while sophomore goalkeeper Emily Pepe, who started on varsity last season, possesses a positive attitude along with the experience needed to handle such a vital position.

Midfielder Kristen Duca is a senior who shows tremendous leadership qualities both on and off the field and Jaeger said, "She's a great all around person that will help us out a lot this year."

Also returning from last season are senior defenders Merisa Booth and Chelsea Moller, sophomore forward Joelle Dorskind, sophomore defender Kelly O'Hara, sophomore midfielder Mary Polan, junior defender Gloria Scrocco and junior forward Katherine Molina.

New to the Lady Hurricanes are Sam Costello, a sophomore goalkeeper, Sarah DiLandro, a sophomore midfielder, Emily Hubbard, a freshman forward, Jenna Mitchell, a sophomore defender, Lindsey Murtha, a junior forward and junior midfielders Lilly Ogeka and Janine Rewinski.

"I want to continue to see this team improve both on and off the field," Jaeger said. "I know that this team is capable of a .500 or better record this season. They have a lot of confidence in themselves this season compared to last year."

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