It was a season of changes and adjustments for first-year Plymouth North girls soccer Head Coach Eric Foley. The Blue Eagles finished 6-10-2, with a number of tight losses costing them a spot in the state tournament.
PLYMOUTH – It was a season of changes and adjustments for first-year Plymouth North girls soccer Head Coach Eric Foley. The Blue Eagles finished 6-10-2, with a number of tight losses costing them a spot in the state tournament.
"Overall, we were a bit disappointed in the season," Foley said. "We held the lead in different games and wound up tying one and losing three. If we had gotten more points out of those games things would have looked different."
The Blue Eagles placed two players onto the Patriot League all-star team, seniors Abby Chase and
Jadyn Tavekelian. They are two of five starters that will be lost to graduation. Outside back Lexi Sinewick, center-midfielder Molly Leavitt and Jackie Turner, who played a number of positions, are also seniors. Two more seniors, Courtney Leary and Laurel McPherson, came off the bench.
Chase switched from forward to midfield this season and collected three goals, while directing the attack. "We asked Abby to do some different things than what she’s done in the past," Foley said. "She was our playmaker up the middle and was a leader for us in midfield."
Tavekelian anchored the defense from her center-back position and was also named an EMGSCA Second Team All-Star. "Jadyn always matched up against the other team’s top forward and was a key defender for us," Foley said.
The Blue Eagles received contributions from a number of young players, including sophomore Abby Petty, who led the team with five goals. "She contributed as a freshman so we looked to her to provide some scoring this season," Foley said. "She has great skills and our expectations for her as a junior will be even higher."
Sophomore Abby Sinewick and freshman Caleigh Driscoll also emerged this season.
"We had first-year players who played big roles and gave us a lot of minutes," Foley said. "Even though they were young, they were hungry and ready to go."
Although the Blue Eagles were never able to get on a run this season, Foley said he saw progress as the year went along. "As a first-year coach there were some changes in expectations and philosophy, and every time there is change you have some growing pains," he said. "But we started scoring more goals at the end of the year and our record in the second half was a little better than it was in the first year."
As for next season, Foley is thinking big. "Making the tournament is not really a goal, but an expectation," he said. "I expect us to qualify and be competitive once we get in."