Heuvelton Girls Show Talent To Reload To Defend Titles
HEUVELTON - Rebuilding-reloading projects are nothing new to Heuvelton Central Girls Soccer Gus Burns because year after Lady Bulldog teams are led by talented performers who have contributed a outstanding sustained legacy.
Last season Heuvelton 11-3 to place first in an multi-team race ahead of three 10-4 teams in Lisbon, Hammond and Edwards-Knox and then shared the Section 10 Class D Championship to Parishville-Hopkinton. P-H went on to advance to the state final four after advancing past the Bulldogs in a shootout.
The 2018 NAC West race will be resumed Tuesday night in first round of the OFA Tournament where Heuvelton will meet Lisbon at 6 p.m. OFA will host Morristown in the second game of the night at 8 p.m. and the consolation and championship games will be played on Wednesday at 6 and 8 p.m.
The Bulldogs graduated an outstanding senior cast but return a great deal of talent to lead the defend of the NAC and a share of the Section 10 Class D title.
"We had a very good senior heavy roster last year. We lost some very good players and one of those odd years where every senior on the team contributed.We lost Division Defensive MVP Mallory Cameron, 1st Team All North picks Madison McCormick and Ciera McNamara, Josie Carter, Chelsi Jock, Kelsey Williams, Eliza Martin, Emily Martin, Chole Combs. Ending our season as Section X Class D Co-Champions with Parishville was good, but watching them move on after the penalty shots was not fun. But maybe a motivator," says Coach Burns. "We have a lot of open positions to replace, the good thing is we bring back Co-Captains, Sydney Morley (senior), and Grace Mills ( junior) to anchor our defense."
Other returning players that will be expected to provide quality play according to Coach Burns are: Megan Woodard (Sr), Kaitlyn Sibley (Sr), Emma Lafaver (Jr), Bella Doyle (So), Dakota Mouthorp (So), Molly Williams (Jr), Lara Martin (Jr), goaltender Rayna Cameron (Sr) , Trista Ashley (Jr), Amber Cunningham (Jr), Dakota West (Jr) and Landry Lapiene (So). First year players looking to contribute are: Lee Ann Dietschweiler (Fr), Paisley Forrest (Jr), Sabrina Osuch (Sr), Lily Spooner (Fr) and Allison Trathen (Fr). "We realize we have a lot of work to do this year to get where we need to be. For the first time I have an Assistant Coach in one of my former four year players, and a team Captain, and Division MVP, Emily Ross. We are hopeful that the girls stay healthy and everyone gets better skills as the season goes along," said Coach Burns.