Women’s Soccer Team Comes a Long Way During Season
There was no shortage of thrilling endings, as the Vikings won three of their last four games in overtime. And they posted a defensive and offensive coup in their regional semi-final against Sussex, winning by a score of 7-0. The women finished their season with a 9-5-1 record.
Dearden praised the solid defensive nucleus of returning sophomores: the team's co-captain, goalkeeper Michele ("Mo") Brown, fullback Heather Anderson, and fullback Courtney Williams. (Williams had played offense last season, but was needed in the back and performed admirably.) Co-captain Jillian Byrne proved her versatility by playing several positions, and midfielder/forward Jackie Lewin , defender Suzanne Larson and forward Kristin O'Donnell also turned in solid performances.
Dearden has high hopes for two freshmen who shined on the field this year: forward Anna Zablocka, the team's high scorer and top play maker, with 15 goals and 11 assists, and Katie Ann Scott at sweeper.
Dearden has now completed eight seasons as the Vikings' head coach. "I keep coming back because working with the players is gratifying for me. I also enjoy building the program through high school recruitment," she said.