SOUTH BRUNSWICK, NJ -- Alexandra Bravo has taken over as the coach of the South Brunswick girls soccer team after spending the last four years as an assistant at the school.

Bravo got to see last year's young team post a 5-13 record under former coach Beth Barrio, but with a sizable amount of key players returning in 2019, the new coach sees better things as a strong possibility for this fall.

The front line returns a pair of seniors expected to boost the offense in Adriana DeBari and Madison Butler. Although she's just a sophomore, midfielder Dafina Simon-Ponte already has varsity experience and should help the Lady Vikings control matters in the center of the pitch.

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In the back, Megan Hallihan and Edith Gonzalez will hold forth and try to keep opposing forwards in check.

"A fast sweeper" and "good shooters at forward" are two of the elements Bravo counts among South Brunswick's most viable strengths heading into the campaign.

"I am extremely excited to be taking over as head coach of the program," Bravo said. "I feel confident in knowing we have many returners and veteran players in our program."

In addition to the veterans, Bravo will be working junior Ashley Roksvaag  into the mix at either midfield or forward, and freshman Kaitlyn Born could also be utilized at either spot.

"We lost our best two center midfielders last year," Bravo said, "so that is going to be the most important area for improvement this year."

South Brunswick opens its season at home against Edison on Tuesday, Sept. 3.