SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta High School girls soccer team has the benefit of 13 returning players and a strong 2019 season on which to build a successful 2020 season.

Daniel Trappe is starting his second year as head coach after having led the JV squad for eight years.  According to the coach, they are seeking to “continue our success from last season,” where they finished with a record of 12-6-3.

 “With the number of players returning and the talent moving up to varsity, we expect to push to the next level,” Trappe said.  “The girls are very excited to prove themselves this season.”

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The 2020 varsity squad:

Returning

  • Kate Mazzella – junior, forward,
  • Ella Collins – sophomore, defense,
  • Taige Kellenberger – senior, goalie
  • Rebecca Lefkowitz – senior, midfield,
  • Emma Cilli – senior, defense,
  • Cassie Haggler – senior, defense,
  • Olivia Enderle – junior, midfield,
  • Alexa Giroux – senior, midfield,
  • Sarah Amideneau – senior, midfield,
  • Elizabeth Kennedy – senior, midfield,
  • Grace McDonald – sophomore, forward,
  • Kate Groome – junior, defense,
  • Madison DiMarco – senior, goalie

Newcomers

  • Mikayla Flanz – senior, midfield,
  • Lilli Wiegand – sophomore, midfield,
  • Samantha Stankiewicz – junior, midfield,
  • Olivia Romano – junior, midfield,
  • Bailiey Chapman – sophomore, defense,
  • Brittany Brannigan – junior, midfield,
  • Abby Pierson – freshman, midfield,
  • Juliana Dolinski – freshman, forward.

Trappe said the team’s strength is in their “leadership and team chemistry.”  He said, “After following the great captains we had last season, this year’s captains really had to step up.  This group has proven they deserve to be captain; they lead each day by example.”

The 2020 captains are Cilli, Lefkowitz, Hagler and Kellenberger.

The coach points to the captains as the reason for the strong chemistry among the team members. 

“Every practice is competitive and positive,” Trappe said.  “With the number of returning players, the girls understand that every spot on the field is a battle.  This makes practices very competitive but also the team understands their role is to be a part of the whole team.”

Trappe says the competition among team members is bringing out the best in each player, helping “each other to reach the next level.” But it is not just about competing for the position.  The atmosphere is positive in practice, with the girls “really working to help each other.”

“I couldn’t be more proud of this group,” Trappe said.

The girls season begins at home against Randolph.  They will be playing on Cassels Field on Friday, October 2 at 4 p.m.

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