Senior Captain Erin Keary Named to "Players to Watch" List for 2018
Four year starter and 2018 Captain, Erin Keary, has been named as one of the top 24 players to watch in CIAC Girls Soccer this year. Erin was named to the 2017 Class LL All-State team last year and to the 2017 All-SCC First Team. She was a major part of a Gaelette defense that allowed just 12 goals and earned 11 clean slates in 2017. See more about Erin and the rest of the 2018 Girls Soccer watch list by visiting GametimeCT at Girls Soccer
College soccer 2018 finds some former Gaelettes hard at work and continuing to build on the fine careers they had at SHSGS. Shelby Offord begins her sophomore year between the posts at Keene State, where she is looking to grow from a very strong freshman season that saw her win Little East Goalkeeper of the week and Little East Rookie of the week. Kylee Opper begins her sophomore season at Post University and is already getting solid minutes in early season play. And former captain, Kaleigh Panek (2016), struck for the winning goal recently as Western Connecticut beat Buffalo State by a 3-2 score.
Should you hear of any news regarding our former players, pass it on to Coach Miller and we'll get it in our site news and announcements!
Mackenzie Joyce and Erin Keary to Captain 2018 Gaelettes
Mackenzie Joyce and Erin Keary have been selected as Captains for the 2018 Gaelettes' season. Erin has been a starter in our central defense since early in her freshman season and is a three-year letterman, heading into her final season in the program. Mackenzie completed her first full season at varsity, playing very well up top in our attack. These players have been shown themselves as excellent leaders all season, both in training and on game days. Our junior class this season is a remarkably strong class in terms of leadership, and selecting these two from this group of seven equally deserving players proved a difficult task for all. The juniors showed their maturity, as those who did not seek the role, graciously stepped aside to allow us to focus on those who asked the program to consider them for the responsibility. In addition, staff concerns about making these selections out of such a strongly deserving group, were again set aside by the juniors themselves. Consistent with the unity and family we have become, they let it be known that they had prepared themselves as a class for any choices made and were committed as a group to lead together in 2018. We clearly have another tremendous incoming senior class, ready to lead, with two great captains at the helm.
And while we will talk more about them at the banquet, the coaching staff wants to take this moment to thank the fine leadership we received from our 2017 seniors and in particular, our outgoing captains Courtney Litts and Allison Panek. This class committed themselves to take the program further than the year before in many measures, and they certainly accomplished that. Court and Sal began the work last winter, had our seniors on board by spring, and you can see the results of their fine work. Great role models for us all. They've set the starting point and standard for 2018.
Courtney and Sal and the rest of our current Seniors will pass formal leadership of the team to Erin and Mackenzie and our 2018 Seniors at our banquet.
Congratulations to Erin and Kenz!
(All Captain's Essays are located under "Documents")