NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – The 2013 Pioneer girls’ soccer team will look a lot different than they did a year ago.
Having lost three key contributors in Jenna Madden, Kelly Carroll and Jocelyn Andrae, New Providence head coach Scott Murphy will need to rely on a new group of student-athletes to reach their goal of county and sectional championships.
Led by senior captain Casey Trezza, the Pioneers will show a young lineup, including freshman Brielle Carleen, sophomore Megan Mahlstadt and juniors Paige Kovacs and Katie Vigilante.
Despite the inexperience, the girls opened the season with a 3-0 victory over Bayonne on Friday. Trezza hopes to see the same outcome throughout the year.
“Our team will do very well this year,” she said.
The Pioneers face a tough schedule in 2013, including matches against neighborhood foes Summit and Gov. Livingston during the course of the season. New Providence will also see Cranford, Scotch Plains-Fanwood and Westfield, all of whom will compete for a county championship this year.
Murphy sees the schedule as one that could lead the Pioneers into a competitive future. With the addition of several larger NJSIAA Group 3 schools, the Pioneers will see a higher level of competition, which Murphy will use to test his young team.
The Pioneers continue their season on Tuesday when they host J.P. Stevens on Lieder Field at 4 p.m.