A new coach and a large group of returning starters have the Edgewood girls’ soccer program optimistic about its chances this fall.
The Warriors, who finished 3-11 overall last season, have plenty of challenges to overcome in order to achieve their goals, but they are optimistic and eager to see what they can accomplish.
“With seven returning starters, we are hoping to build on experience and improve our win total,” said first-year head coach Kaytee Shimek. “We also have a close-knit team that can thrive on team chemistry, which can ultimately help to build success for our team. This year, we have an entirely new coaching staff. Different styles of coaching from previous years are a hurdle we are hoping to overcome quickly and effectively.”
To do that, Shimek has her squad focused on the fundamentals and finding the perfect fit for each player.
She’ll also rely on her seniors and their experience to set the tone for the season.
Emily Weeks and Josie Measel are senior forwards.
Weeks scored eight goals with one assist while Measel added four goals and five assists.
“Emily is a consistent, positive component of the team. She is a leader by example,” Shimek said. “Josie brings a positive presence to the team. She is always happy to be here and always gives 100-percent.”
Seniors Brianna Melaragno and Victoria Skaruppa return on the defensive line. Melaragno was named honorable mention All-CVC and All-Ashtabula County. Skaruppa earned the team’s Coach’s Award.
“Bri is an intense player. She has a very strong defensive vision,” Shimek said. “Tori is always willing to learn and grow her skills in the sport.”
Senior goalkeeper Victoria Weaver recorded 78 saves last year on the way to being named the team’s MVP and a first-team All-CVC performer.
“Victoria is an all-around leader,” Shimek said. “She never stops and gives 100-percent. She has amazing field vision.”