Parker looks to lead young Senators

  • Taylor Soucie makes a save on a shot by Delaney Parker at a Mahar Regional soccer practice, Friday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Delaney Parker, of Mahar Regional, controls the ball during a drill, Friday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Carra Fitzgerald, of Mahar Regional, controls the ball during a drill, Friday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Delaney Parker, of Mahar Regional, controls the ball during a drill, Friday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Natalie Apteker (left) pressures Isabella Zani during practice for Mahar Regional, Friday in Orange.  FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Maddison Lloyd, of Mahar Regional, punches the ball over the crossbar  at practice, Friday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Micalyn Mailloux (right) and Kendrah Doane fight for possession at practice for Mahar Regional, Friday in Orange. FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

  • Sienna Moore, of Mahar Regional, passes during a drill, Friday in Orange.  FOR THE RECORDER/CADEY SPENCER

Staff Writer
Published: 8/23/2019 8:57:42 PM
Modified: 8/23/2019 8:57:27 PM

ORANGE — There is a youth movement in progress for the Mahar Regional girls soccer team. 

Luckily for the Senators, the young team has plenty of good athletes ready to take on new roles at the varsity level.

But still only two days into practice after Friday’s session, coach Chad Softic is taking things slow with his young team.

“Just very patient,” Softic said. “Trying to be positive. We have a lot of work to do. We haven’t even gone over our playing style yet. We are just getting our touches in and trying to get the rust off.”

Friday’s practice had a little of everything: some 6-on-6 on the short field, drills working on crosses, ball control and then the dreaded conditioning portion. 

The team split into two sections, one for sprinting and one for distance running. The Senators loudly cheered each other when teammates finished up running the perimeter of the field. 

Mahar has two seniors in MaryAnne Prescott and Jordan Fournier. 

Junior Delaney Parker scored 38 goals last season. 

“One thing I am focused on is getting the team on the same page,” Parker said. “Making sure we are all competing at the same level.”

Parker did a lot of coaching for some of the younger players during practice. Vocal leadership is a goal for Parker this season.

“Since the team is a lot younger, I have to step up in that role,” Parker said. 

With the young team needing leadership Softic will look to Parker. 

“She obviously has the most experience,” Softic said. “She’s been through the battles. There is nobody for her to defer to as far as leadership.”

In the Senators’ playoff game last season against Hoosac Valley, she faced a one-on-one defender with other defenders coming at her in waves. Parker should see a lot of the same attention this season.

“I am gonna hope that I can get some get some good balls through,” Parker said. “If I am two-on-one in a situation, hopefully someone can come up and help me. Help me get through the defense, or I can help them get through. I am just hoping there is someone on offense that is going to step up.”

If she scores goals at last year’s pace, Parker is lined up to become the school’s second 100 goal scorer.  

“I will look for my opportunities when they come,” Parker said. 

Parker has 71 career goals. 

Softic used sophomore Natalie Belloli as a defensive shadow last season against opponent’s top scorers. 

This season, Belloli will take part in the rebuilding of the midfield in a more expanded role. Carra Fitzgerald could jump to varsity as an eighth-grader alongside Belloli along the midfield. 

Micalyn Mailloux, Sienna Moore, Natalie Apteker and Grace Rich will all have prominent roles for the Senators. 

The Senators will need to find a new goalie. Maddison Lloyd played at the junior varsity level last season and made several difficult saves at Friday’s practice.  Lloyd registered nine shutouts for the Senators last year.

Also in line for the job are Carolyn Gilmore, Taylor Soucie, Maddie Blattenberger and Sara Simon 

The Senators got a good 30 minutes of of scrimmage time after the conditioning, with Dakota Cleveland closing out the practice with a breakaway goal over the head of Lloyd.


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