Varsity Soccer Teams Show Promise


Kaylee Little ’23 drives into Gann territory. Photo by Nicole DeCesare.

Varsity Girls Soccer took to Orr field for the home-opener and first game of the season Monday afternoon, defeating Gann Academy 8-1.

Early in the first half, Kaylee Little ’23 found the back of the net off a pass from Captain Hannah Ahearn ’20. Shortly after, Elisabeth Fitzgerald ’22 scored her first of three goals—her first as a Gator. Stephanie Cranmore ’21 and Kaylee Little ’23 added one to the scoreboard before the first 40 minutes of play was up.

The Gators came out flat to start the second half.

“Thankfully, the quick reaction time from senior captain and starting goalkeeper, Claire Masterson [’20], kept the Gann offense from putting away an early penalty kick,” Head Coach Mallorie Nai said. 

The Gators’ defense, comprised of Captain Breanna Durand ’20, Hanna Spivak ’20, Marianne Alagos ’21, and Emma Guevara ’23, shut down Gann all but once during the game.

Molly McHugh ’21 and Tahina Trias-Lizama ’22 both scored goals in the second half.

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Last Wednesday, the Varsity Boys’ team lost its season-opener 2-0 against reigning league champion Gann Academy.

“The game was quite even, with both teams having periods of quality possession and goal scoring chances,” said Head Coach Chris Hardman. “Unfortunately, Gann took the lead in the opening ten minutes from a free kick. The Gators’ defensive line miscommunicated their marking assignments, which left Gann’s striker free to make an uncontested header on goal.”

On Friday, the team earned its first win of the season with a 5-0 victory over Marie Philip at Orr Field.

The Gators came out of the gates fast and had a four goal lead with less than ten minutes on the clock.

Captain Olivier Khorasani ’20 and Tristan Durocher ’21 each scored, and two goals came from rookie Charlie Marconi ’20.

“The Gators controlled the pace of the game and largely kept possession of the ball in the Marie Philip half of the field,” Hardman said.

The opponents were kept to a few counter attacks, dealt with smoothly by the Gators’ defense led by Captains Miles Munkacy ’20 and Paxton Wong ’20, and goalkeeper Joseph Bahhady ’21.

Kevin Wen ’20 scored the team’s fifth goal, just before the half.

– Assistant Athletic Director Tom Nelson, Boys’ Soccer Coach Chris Hardman, and Girls’ Soccer Coach Mallorie Nai also contributed to the report.