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Copley girls soccer team building on cohesiveness

9/19/2013 - West Side Leader
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By Sean Patrick

COPLEY — Copley High School girls soccer head coach Wally Senk said his team has all of the tools necessary to make a deep postseason run this year — provided his players are willing to put in the necessary work.

“We have the same back four and goalkeeper that we had a year ago. We also return 10 starters from last year’s team,” he said. “I feel that we should be able to keep teams off the scoreboard and have the potential to score multiple goals every game. A lot depends on the desire we have throughout the season and how bad the girls want to work for one another. Winning is a product of hard work, determination and taking care of each other.”

Copley finished last season with a 9-8-2 record.

“We ended in the district final match against Medina,” Senk said, “losing 3-2 in overtime — a game we felt we should have won.”

This year, the coach said his team is looking to improve on those results by continuing to build “team cohesiveness.”

“While we were happy with our form at the end of last season, we are always looking to improve,” he said. “I think the expectations are extremely high this season, but the key is to take it one session and one game at a time.”

According to Senk, this year’s team features “a good mixture” of youth and experience.

“While there are a lot of veterans, several of them are underclassmen,” he said.

The seniors on this year’s team, with comments on each by the coach, are:

  • Grace Connolly: “She is athletic and a tough defender.”
  • Hannah Haas: “She has a good work rate and determination.”
  • Anna Haverchak: “She is silky and very technical. She could be dangerous with consistent effort.”
  • Leah Mancabelli: “She is quick and fit. She is an overall team player.”
  • Beth Moore: “She is arguably the best goalkeeper in the state. She has a great knowledge of the game.”
  • Makenzie Mozik: “She is fit and determined. She has the ability to organize.”
  • Bailey Noonan: “She is back after a year on the cross country team. She is a good overall midfielder.”
  • Celine Olorunto: “Celine is a model student-athlete. She is an explosive attacker with a nose for the goal. She has great pace, can strike the ball with both feet and is creative. She is a quiet, unassuming player that leads by example.”
  • Kristin Osborne: “She is a keeper with experience and poise.”

According to Senk, Copley also has a strong junior class this season.

“Kennedy Armour is a solid defender with big determination,” the coach said. “Brooke Brenner has a great work rate, determination and the ability to go forward. Courtney Campbell is a great defender with strong will and an excellent team player. And Jordan Cotleur is super athletic and driven. She has the ability to break down defenders or be a defender.”

Senk said he also expects good things from a pair of underclassmen this season.

“Gabby Banayan started every game last year. She is a tenacious defender with a good soccer IQ,” he stated. “Kailah Ransom is disciplined and could play a strong role for us in the back.”

The realistic goals for this year’s team, Senk said, are to win the Suburban League and to get to the Division I final four.

“We are looking to improve on attaining our team goals. While each of the girls have set individual goals for themselves, if team goals aren’t achieved, it is viewed as a failure,” he said. “We are also looking to find that consistency day in and day out. We look to play an attractive, possession-oriented, attacking style of soccer while limiting the opportunities of our opponents by putting teams under pressure.”

This is Senk’s fifth year at Copley. His assistant coaches are Karen Ransom and goalkeeper coach Kirby Rice.

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