Last Friday, the Nutley High School Girls Varsity Soccer Team concluded their season (15-4-1) with a loss to Roxbury in the New Jersey State Sectional Quarterfinals. Friday also marked my daughter's last day playing for the NHS Girls Varsity Soccer program as she will join the rest of the NHS Class of 2017 at graduation later this spring.
Her experience with Nutley Soccer started with the Township's Toddler Sports program followed by the Township's Recreation Soccer program. Shortly thereafter she began playing for the Nutley United Traveling Soccer program starting in the second grade . At Nutley High School she spent her Freshman year playing on the NHS Junior Varsity team and began playing for the NHS Varsity program at the beginning of her Sophomore year.
It's been inspirational to watch this team play together, in many cases since the second grade. The support these girls have for one another and for the Township of Nutley's Soccer program is unwavering and many of the friendships developed on this field will last a lifetime.
Thanks to the many coaches, parents, teachers, volunteers, and supporters who have worked tirelessly to make Nutley's high school, travel, & recreation soccer program such a success. In particular, I'd like to extend a special thanks to Ann & Bill Haddock, Pat & Rosemary Callahan, Mark & Fran Roselli, Cat Caithness, and NHS Girls Varsity Coach Michael DiPiano for all of the guidance, knowledge, and skill that they've imparted to these young women over the years and for their uncompromising commitment to the sport and to helping these girls reach their full potential as great soccer players, teammates, and friends.
We wish continued success to the entire Nutley Soccer program and we hope that other players and parents can realize the same amount of enjoyment that we've experienced over the past ten years. Good luck to the next generation of players, coaches, parents, and volunteers. Who knows, maybe we'll return with our youngest daughter to support the Class of 2030!