July 22, 2014 at 7:00 PM
MONTVILLE, NJ - Montville Girls Lynx finished their 2013 Fall-2014 Spring Season with an undefeated 20-0 record. They play at the highest level in the MCYSA League which is called Flight 1.
"Our team has been called too serious, however it is important to understand our philosophy as a team and as parents that we all share on this team," coach Andrew Brynczka said. "We all work hard together and play hard together. It teaches these girls a sense of responsibility for themselves as well as for their teammates. At this point what they are learning is that a hard work ethic does pay-off. They have all built some great friendships and that is more important than anything else."
In the fall, the opponents comprised of teams such as Morris United, Wayne, Caldwell, Madison and Roxbury. During this part of the season, the Lynx went 10-0 and scored 32 goals, only allowing five goals against them.
After the fall part of the season, the league modifies the teams as to ensure a more competitive approach.
In the spring season, the opponents comprised of teams such as Morris United, Randolph, Sparta, Wayne and Roxbury. During this part of the season, the Lynx scored 46 goals and allowed five goals.
A big part of the defensive stance was led by their goalie Cristina Ryduchowski, who coach Brynczka commented is "beyond her years" as a goaltender. Also contributing to the team's stellar defense was Eva Brynczka at sweeper, Gianna Grillo at left back and Nicole Slunt at right back.
“You can always count on the abilities of both Gianna and Nicole, who are in absolute sync with what their next steps are in the game,” Brynczka said. “Eva is one of the most consistent and steady defenders as they come.”
The team is a well-rounded group of soccer talents. Coach Brynczka discussed each of the team members and their soccer abilities with TAP.
Striker Angelica Freitez is as solid as they come up top to get to the ball and score goals.
Wingers Caelen Steele, Caroline Slunt and Briar Failla had the talent and ability to understand when to distribute the ball and when to bring it in to score. Caelen is a double shot threat, capable of blasting in balls with either foot. Caroline has the knack of being where the play will end up and seeing the play before it happens to finish off for a goal. Briar had more passes and crosses from one side of the field to the other to space for her teammates to try and capitalize on the pass.
Midfielders Lindsay Probst, Dara Frieder and Sophia Kalliaras are extremely talented at understanding the pitch and the know-how of when to get to the ball and when to pass the ball along to the attacking group, as well as just bringing the ball up to goal and just knowing when to shoot or pull back. Lindsay was the team's marksman on the field, capable of shadowing any scoring threat from the other team. Dara is the most un-assuming giant on the field. Being one of their most petite yet owning one of the most powerful shots and punches out there. Sophia posseses the wonderful ability of when to distribute the ball. She sees the field and acts on it.
The team's versatile athlete was Alexis Riley who wore many hats for the team. She could dribble through the opponent as well as cover for the team's net minder.
"These were their key roles, however, each and every girl is beyond capable of playing any position on the field and did throughout the year," Brynczka said. "Many of the girls play on both Academy Soccer teams as well as our travel team. We also have some travel Lacrosse, Hockey and Basketball Players playing both travel sports.