PHILLIPSBURG, NJ - One down. The Watchung Hills girls soccer team opened their season with a win on the road in Phillipsburg on Wednesday, 3-0. 

The Warriors out shot Phillipsburg 19-3.

 

“I’m happy to start our season with a win,” said WHRHS head coach Brian Figueriedo.  “We have a very different team this year, and traveling to Phillipsburg is never easy, so I was proud of the way we responded.”

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The Warriors lost goalkeeper Kaylee Donnelly, Jessica Carrieri ,Arianna Valenti, Lindsay Wolf, Kelly Fitzgerald , Julia Heilberg, and Sami Hoffmann to graduation.

 

“After losing seven impact seniors, including five that were four year varsity players, we will have six freshmen on the varsity this year,” said Figueriedo.  “The success of our season will depend on how quickly our young players can adapt to the varsity game.  We are deep on defense, but the goalkeepers are unproven right now at the varsity level, so their development will be key as well.  As always, we play a tough schedule, so time will tell the kind of team we’ll have.  I expect us to get better as the year goes on.”

 

Goalkeepers Rebecca Schell and Isabella DeGiovanni combined for the shut out.

 

Returning are:

Chloe Ferreira M, Sr.
Emily Morris D, Jr.
Jadyn Fleischhacker F, Jr.
Kathy Solis F, So.
Patty DePinho D, Sr.
Samantha Fahs D, So.
Izzy Perez D, Sr.
Lauren Dolce M, Jr.
Leslie Sena M, Sr.
Gabby Novoa M, Sr.
Dayna Lui M, Sr.
Sarah Young M, Sr.
Kayla Horvaht M, Jr.
Ashley MacManus F, Jr.
Daria Arena D, Sr.

 

In addition, the Varsity Warriors will look to newcomers:

Isabella DeGiovanni GK, Fr.
Rebecca Schell GK, So
Grace Morris D, Fr.
Vanessa Tao D, Fr.
Jenna Tobia M, Fr.
Isabella Valenti M, Fr.
Ava Prisco F, Fr.
Sara Ribeiro D, So.
Sara Sifert M, So.
Nicole Harris M, Sr.

 

The Warriors next face Hunterdon Central on Saturday.

 

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