Apponequet, Fairhaven, GNB Voc-Tech, Old Colony, Old Rochester and Wareham compete in girls’ football in the fall 2 season.
Here’s a look at the 15 players expected to impact SouthCoast football fields this season:
While Apponequet’s defense had a huge hit after graduation, the midfield is strong with the seniors return Milan Joly and Allison Johns. Also expect big things on offense from the junior midfielder Devin Sylvia, the team’s top scorer in 2019.
On a team full of soccer players, look for seniors all year round Abigale Lundstrum and Mia Almeida To be highlighted this season for Fairhaven. Both are four-year-old players and will play in midfield. Almeida is a two-year-old captain while Lundstrum, who also shares time in the center-back, has committed to playing football at American International College next year.
GNB voc-tech coach Robert Harvey has high hopes for the Bears this season and much of it has to do with a trio of players – senior Sydney Sousa and juniors Alexia Almeida and Kaitlyn Duarte. Duarte, who also plays basketball, is a strong all-round athlete who occupies midfield, while Almeida, as a striker, takes command of the offensive. Not only will Sousa try to stop goals from her center-back position, she also has the ability to score herself.
Defending the leading old colony is the senior central defender Briana Robbilard, a three year old captain who offers a strong lead on and off the field. On the offensive, the Cougars will look to the second midfielder / striker Averi Oliveira, who was the team’s top scorer with 11 goals in 2019.
In a deep and talented senior class in Old Rochester, keep an eye on co-captains Rachael Fantoni and Kennedy Serpa. Fantoni, who will play football for Franklin Pierce, has moved from defense to midfield and is expected to help get the ball on the field. Serpa will lead the defense. Also, look for junior midfielders Maddie Wright on the offensive with the conclusion of the Standard-Times Girl Soccer Player of the Year to produce Meg Hughes.
Wareham has a small team but there are some experienced players in seniors Amanda Johnson and Olivia Nascimento. Johnson, who has a strong soccer IQ, can play anywhere on the field while Nascimento is the last line of defense and contributes in the center-back.