OFA Girls Soccer Team Honored At Awards Banquet
BY DAVE SHEA
OFA Girls Soccer Coach Julie Hynes presided over the 2019 Girls Soccer Awards Banquet recently at the Ogdensburg Moose Lodge. Hynes and her assistant coaches Tim Richards, Misty Fishel and George Beaulieu honored the team for athletic and academic achievements and for the maturity they showed in dealing with adversity.
"We had a lot of injuries this year but we dealt with it. We used four goalies this year because of injuries and everyone was always willing to play different positions. We played in 90 degree weather to 30 degrees and raining and everyone kept working hard," said Coach Hynes who also credited the impact of Junior Varsity Coach Doug Loffler.
"I really want to thank my assistant coaches for their help. We dealt with some very emotional things. The girls were great role models when we held Kiwanis Youth Soccer Night, they wore red ribbons to honor the mother of a Massena player who died of cancer showed such great support for her family and each other when Amy Perretta passed away."
While dealing with adversity the Devil coaches felt their players made major steps toward the elevation of the program's status in the extremely strong NAC Central Division.
"We are getting better and we will continue to do so through hard work, open soccer sessions and summer soccer play," said Coach Hynes.
"We have turned the corner."
Earning NAC Central Division awards were: Emilie Jo Sovie who was selected as a Second Team all-star, Erin Perretta who received the team's Outstanding Sportsmanship Award and Logan Beach, Siarra and Samara LaFlair, Erin Perretta and Katie Webber who earned Senior Athlete of Distinction Awards for maintaining a 90 or above average throughout their athletic careers.
The Devil coaches presented awards to their seniors and closed the evening by presenting the special team awards.
Seniors honored were: Siarra and Samara LaFlair, Hailey Reed, Julia L'Orange, Katie Weber, Taylor Bell, Hailee Farrand, Logan Beach and Erin Perretta.
Erin Perretta was honored as the Outstanding Offensive Player for leading the team in scoring and showing leadership and compassion while interacting with her teammates.
Julia L'Orange was cited as the Defensive Player of the Year after moving from halfback to sweeper and consistently making big plays in the defensive backfield.
Taylor Bell received the Coaches' Award for giving 100 per cent effort at all times and making 300 per cent improvement over the course of the season.
The Lady Devils outstanding team academic excellence was honored in a New York State Scholar-Athlete Award. The award contingent, which included 17 of 23 players, combined on a 93.4 average.
Members of the contingent were: senior Logan Beach 98.6, sophomore Brinley Frederick 97.8, junior Saige Estes 97.4, junior Sadie O'Neil 95.4, junior Jillian LeBel 95.4, senior Erin Perretta 95.2, senior Siarra LaFlair 95.2, junior Jordyn Prosser 93.4, junior Paige LaRock, 93.0 junior Emily Jo Sovie 92.8, senior Hailey Reed 92.6, senior Julia L'Orange 91.6, senior Samara LaFlair 91.0, senior Katie Weber 90.6, junior Paige Merz 90.4, sophomore Paige Pinkerton 89.4 and senior Hailee Farrand 87.8.
All members of the Scholar-Athlete Team also qualified for NAC All-Academic Awards for maintaining an 87 or above average during the course of the season.