HS Girls Soccer Preview: Denkiewicz, Parker bring the firepower

  • Frontier’s Natalie Denkiewicz (right) enters her senior season with 76 points for the Red Hawks. STAFF FILE PHOTO

  • Mahar’s Delaney Parker (3) is one of the top players in Franklin County, and she’ll look to set the tone offensively for the Senators as they aim for a Pioneer North title this fall. STAFF FILE PHOTO

Staff Writer
Published: 9/8/2019 1:29:24 PM

In her senior season, Natalie Denkiewicz  would like her Frontier Regional School girls soccer team to make a postseason run.

It’s not out of the realm of possibility, considering what the Frontier softball team did this past spring.

“We can definitely put up a fight,” Denkiewicz said. “I played on the softball team and that’s something that this team can do too.”

Denkiewicz leads a team with a physical brand of offense, and she has the ability to score with power from both feet.

“I think we know what we can do as a team,” Denkiewicz said. “Personally, I played a lot in the offseason. I expect a lot out of myself.”

Going into the season, Denkiewicz has 76 points for her career.

Frontier was dealing with some nagging injuries during the preseason.

“Everyone has some lingering injuries,” Frontier coach Phil Pittelli said. “It’s frustrating. If everyone can do well we have enough experience up front and in back to really make a challenge for people.”

The Hawks have a goal to win the Pioneer North, according to Pittelli.

“I think that’s up for grabs,” Pittelli said. “Definitely playoffs. Our style of play is our strength. We emphasize possession.”

The Red Hawks will look to Denkiewicz for scoring.

“She has a rocket,” Pittelli said. “She can hit it from anywhere.”

Makayla Santos is a player that looked good in preseason.

“She’s a quick person who can go around people,” Pittelli said. “She’s creative.”

Another good possession player for the Red Hawks is Cambrie Hamilton, who was dealing with a tight back during preseason.

Hamilton had to leave last year’s playoff game against Southwick just 10 seconds in with an injury.

With the injuries, some players might play of out of position early in the season. Victoria Speth can fill a number of roles for the Red Hawks. Sierra Warren is a fast, physical defender on the back end. Siomara Green will be in net for Frontier.

Mahar’s Delaney Parker closes in on 100 goals — Parker sits at 71 goals for her career with the Senators.

Parker is running with a younger team this season and should see a ton of defensive attention.

Going into the season Parker is projected to start as the team’s center-midfielder.

Carra Fitzgerald and Mackinley Drew will get the call as starting strikers.

Gracie Rich and MaryAnne Prescot will play in the middle of the defense.

Athol brings back almost entire team — The Red Raiders made the playoffs last season with a season-ending win over Mahar at home.

Only one senior graduated from last year’s team.

Grace Dufour is a versatile player for the Red Raiders with the ability to play multiple roles.

Forward Ally Raymond is dangerous if she can get into the open field.

Taylor Cleveland will lead the defense.

Pioneer Valley looks balanced — The Panthers have some talent at every level this season.

“I think our team is the most balanced it’s ever been,” Pioneer coach Nikki Pullen said. “I am feeling really good about it.”

The strength of the team lies in the midfield, with Samantha Martinez, Steph Scoville and Alina Cecunjanin patrolling both sides of the field.

Paige Loughman will move up to forward for the Panthers, looking to find the net as much as possible.

Jordan Hubbard brings athleticism to the defense for Pioneer.

Franklin Tech moves up a rung — The Eagles will play a whole new schedule after moving up and joining the Pioneer South.

The Eagles play the likes of local foes Pioneer, Smith Academy, Athol and Greenfield.

“It’s going to be a big question mark,” Franklin Tech coach Dan Prasol said. “We wouldn’t have moved up if we didn’t think we could compete. It’s a different caliber of soccer.”

Jocelyn Crowningshield will lead the offensive charge with  Maralee Wiles controlling the middle of the field.

“If we can play to our potential, we are going to be a tough team to beat,” Prasol said.

Greenfield looks to build on playoff appearance —  The Green Wave ended a long playoff drought and will look to make it two postseason berths in a row this season.

The Wave has a new addition in Emma Savoy, who transferred from Mahar. Savoy brings some speed to the wing.

Savoy, Eva Pruitt-Dahl and Victoria Marin will carry the offensive load.

Kacia Kinsmith brings senior leadership to the defense with the help of sophomores Elizabeth Trudeau, Samantha Santos and Kaitlin Lavoine.

Dina Samake is back in net for Greenfield after an All-League selection last season.

Warriors survive number scare — Mohawk Trail Regional accumulated enough players to move forward with having a team this season. The Warriors made the final decision on Monday.

While the team will have a season, the Warriors have a very inexperienced roster.

Midfielder Lillian VanVleet is the lone senior on the roster.

Amelie Rowehl does bring some stability in net after drawing the starting load a season ago.

Athol

COACH: Tim Cleveland, 8th season

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North/3

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 9-10

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: (2018) Lost 4-1 to Monument Mountain in the Division 3 first round. 

RETURNING PLAYERS: Seniors — Taylor Cleveland, D/G/M; Sophie Putnam, D; Geca Baptista, M/F; Grace Dufour, M; Jenna St. Cyr, M; Haley Wrigley, G; Krystal McCulley, M; Juniors – Ally Raymond, M/F;  Hannah York, D; Emily England, M/F; Roz Nelson, D/M; Madelyn Robertson, D; Lily King D/M; Sophomores – Kendall Deleo, M; Lindsey LeBlanc, D/M; Sarah Jaillet, D/M; Emma Bacigalupo, M/F.

NEWCOMERS: Freshman – Madison Gleason, M/F.

FC Tech

COACH: Dan Prasol, 3rd season

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer South

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 7-9-2

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: (2017) Lost 2-1 to Hampden Charter in the Division 4 first round.

RETURNING PLAYERS:Seniors – Jocelyn Crowningshield, M; Jenna Thebeau, D; Mia Scott; Juniors – Ashley Allis, D/M/F; Gabriella Castagna, M; Desiree Doane, D/M/F; Emmalee Dobosz, D; Morgan Pendriss, D/M; Mara Lee Wiles, F; Lydia Barret-Miller, D; Sienna Boyle.

NEWCOMERS: Sophomores – Emily Merritt, G; Emma Paulin, M/F;  Rebecca Kucenski, D/M; Odalis Ramirez-Martin, D; Freshmen – Bianca Miller; Kasey Hurd, D; Jillian Crowningshield, M/D; Rylee Ares; Heaven Bezio; Aberilla Stumpo, D.

Frontier

COACH: Phil Pitteli, 4th season

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: (10-6-2)

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE:  (2018) Lost 2-1 to Southwick in the Division 3 first round.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Seniors – Natalie Denkiewicz, Tori Speth; Claudia Rajbali; Jessica Wrisley;  Juniors – Megan Dejnak; Cambrie Hamilton; Sierra Warren; Sophomores – Kaitlyn Mackin; Grace O’Leary; Samantha Scanlon; Alena Maes-Polan.

NEWCOMERS: Sophomores – Makayla Santos; Isabelle Marrapeese; Freshmen –  Siomara Green; Kylie Laford; Anna Petrin. 

Greenfield

COACH: Tina Riddell, 2nd season

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer South

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 7-8-1

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: (2018) Lost 8-0 to South Hadley in the Division 3 first round.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Seniors – Sage Cronen-Townsend, M; Kacia Kinsmith; Kristina Reed, M/D/S; Dina Samake, G; Juniors – Victoria Marin, D/M/S; Eva Priutt-Dahl D/M/S; Sophomores – Kaitlin Lavoine, D/M/S; Hannah Poirier D/M/S; Samantha Santos, D; Elizabeth, D.

NEWCOMERS: Sophomores – Lilly Remillard, D; Alexis Farrick, D; Emma Savoy, F; Freshmen – Alexis Heath, F; Eighth graders – Carley Blanchard, F; Emy Elis Lavorschi, F; Aquinnah Mass, F; Jessica Mihailicenco, F/D.

Mahar

COACH: Chad Softic, 9th season 

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer North

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 14-5

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: (2018) Lost 4-1 to Hoosac Valley in the Division 3 first round.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Seniors – MaryAnne Prescott, D; Jordan Fournier, D; Juniors – Delaney Parker, F; Micalyn Mailloux, F; Maddie Blattenberger, D/G; Siobhan Davis, D; Sophomore – Natalie Belloli, M;

NEWCOMERSSophomores – Maddie Lloyd, G;  Natalie Apteker, M; Sienna Moore, M; Gracie Rich, D; Mackinley Drew, D; Isabella Zani, M; Hayley Donaghue, D; Freshmen – Astha Bernard, M; Kendrah Doane, D/M; Kayley Murphy, F/M; Eighth graders – Carra Fitzgerald, M; Brynn Adams.

Mohawk Trail

COACH: Steven Tomi, 14th  season

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer South

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 3-14-3

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: (2014) Lost 4-1 to Mount Everett in the Division 4 first round.

RETURNING PLAYERS: Senior – Lillian VanVleet, M/G; Juniors – Amelie Rowehl. G;  Sage Spitzer, M/F; Taylor Loomis, D/F; Ella Wilda, D/M; Bailey Cousineau, D/F; Sophomores – Liliana Manley, D/F. Freshman – Aileen Moffatt, F;

NEWCOMERS: Sophomores – Riley Hayward, M; Katie Martin, M; Sara Delariva; Freshmen – Charlotte Curtis, M; Eighth-graders – Rachel Hayes; Seventh-graders – Monique Hadley, D; Leela Clark, F/M.

Pioneer 

COACH: Nikki Pullen, 4th season

LEAGUE/DIVISION: Pioneer South

LAST YEAR’S RECORD: 6-7-4

LAST TOURNAMENT APPEARANCE: (2018) Lost 3-0 to Wahconah in the Division 3 first round. 

RETURNING PLAYERS:  Seniors – Jordin Hubbard, D; Steph Scoville, M; Jasmine Terounzo; Samantha Martinez, M; Juniors – Skyler Cohen; Sarah Johnson; Charlotte Kahler; Paige Loughman; Anna Picard; Tayla Sadlowski.

NEWCOMERS: Freshmen – Annie Browning; Azemina Cecunjanin; Shaelyn Mullen, Lucia Saviano; Sophomores – Alina Cecunjanin; Allyson Unaitis.




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