YORKTOWN, N.Y. – It’s an honor to be named captain. It’s an even greater honor to be named captain twice.
That is the case for Yorktown senior Chayce Buono, who has been named captain of the girls soccer team for the second consecutive season. Fellow seniors, Sophia Spallone and Cate Ward, were also named captains.
“Last year, I was definitely more on the quiet side and led more through example than anything else,” Buono said. “After a year of new experiences, and developing as a person, I know I’m ready to take on the task of stepping up and being one of the leaders by example, but also vocally, along with Soph and Cate, that our team deserves.”
Buono is a midfielder. In the past, she’s been more of a defensive midfielder, but this year thinks she will be playing attacking-mid.
Ward feels having someone like Buono, who already has the experience of being a captain, is a big benefit to the team.
“I am so excited to be working with Chayce,” Ward said. “She has so much experience on the Yorktown girls varsity soccer team, and couldn’t have been a better choice of a captain for the past two years. She is an amazing role model for the entire team.”
Ward played center-mid last season. Though this year, she said, it appears that she will be playing a center-back position.
All three captains said they are indeed honored to be named one.
“This team is made up of hardworking, passionate girls,” said Spallone, a midfielder, “and I am so thrilled to be able to lead them throughout the season, along with Chayce and Cate.”
The Huskers’ captains realize how fortunate they are to have the chance to play this fall.
“We’re all extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to play this season, especially knowing sports like volleyball and football were postponed to the spring (because of COVID-19),” Buono said. “In order to prevent our season from the possibility of being canceled, we’ve decided to limit contact with everyone other than our family of 25.”
Ward said that the three captains plan to make sure everyone stays focused and is committed to the team.
“We are all aware of the difficult situations we may be faced with,” Ward said. “However, everyone is doing their part by staying safe, and limiting the amount of contact with other people, outside of their families. It’s so important for everyone to work together, because we are all so hopeful to complete this season.”
What will help the captains keep the team together is the rapport they have with one another.
“My favorite part about playing with Chayce and Cate is our chemistry,” Spallone said. “We have been playing with each other for over a decade, and I am so thankful I get to finish my soccer career playing beside the two most hardworking players I know. The chemistry we have formed throughout the past 15 years allows us to know where each other are on the field without even looking. We can all anticipate each other’s next move, putting ourselves a step ahead of the opponent.”
Ward said she is beyond grateful to have played with Buono and Spallone since they were little, which helped Yorktown better prepare for the season.
“The captains, including all the seniors, helped bring the girls together over the summer,” Ward said. “We held captains’ practices normally twice a week, and the girls would come prepared and be ready to work. A lot of new girls came out to play this year, which also made this a time for bonding with one another.”
Buono stressed the importance of being smart and staying safe.
“I can speak for the team when I say this: All of us are willing to put in every ounce of effort and go the extra mile to have a winning season,” Buono said “The last thing we all want is to have our season get canceled because we decided to hang out with a large group of people.”