Youth movement is full speed ahead
CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. >> After reaching the Section II, Class C semifinal last season, the youth movement at Cambridge that started a year ago continues at full force.
The Indians have a solid senior core, but the strongest section is the junior and sophomore classes.
Junior Miranda Seacord started the season on Monday against Berlin with four goals and an assist, while classmates Grace Snyder added a pair as did Helen Mooney.
The main senior starter is midfielder Lynn Brownell, who had an assist on Monday and will move back and forth in the middle of the field with ease.
"Lynn is always doing her thing, she'll get really annoyed because I tell her we're steadying on defense first," said coach Rich Sweeney. "She loves to take the run through the front. Some of the combinations between her and Miranda and Grace are amazing to watch."
Sweeney said Snyder played a lot in the offseason, but even without that, she was ready to step up into a big role for the Indians.
"She's made some great runs, she's like, 'Put more people there, I'll beat them too,'" Sweeney said.
Mooney is doing double duty this fall — not only is she playing soccer, she's also kicking for the football team.
"It seems to surprise her when she hits the ball that hard. She has a green light from 30 yards and in," Sweeney said. "She asked me if I minded her [kicking for the football team] and I said, of course, are you kidding me? That's an eye-catcher on a college application."
Two of the sophomores in their first year on varsity are midfielders Olivia Brownell and Rhiannon Darling, each bring a steady influence no matter where Sweeney puts them on the field.
"They are up for the first time, I put Liv in the back, then in the front and she's done whatever we've needed," Sweeney said.
Sweeney kept a pair of freshman on the varsity and each have contributed already in Taylor Stellmar and Vanessa Evans.
"It's about learning the tendencies, we have strong players on every line, experience on every one," Sweeney said.
Victoria Dupuis is back in goal after playing the first five games last season with incumbent Courtney Davis injured. Now it's her job between the pipes.
"When the team came into camp, they were fitter, they worked hard over the summer," Sweeney said. "The recovery time is short, they were ready. The key to this group is their work ethic."
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