Girls Soccer preview / Venerable coach takes over at ND
After a decade as coach of the Central Catholic high school boys' soccer team in Norwalk and another 17 seasons as the head coach of the Western Connecticut men's program in Danbury, Wayne Mones is taking a new path in his long and successful soccer career.
He's coaching girls.
Mones will lead the Notre Dame girls' soccer team this season, looking to mold a team that returns eight starters into a winning program. Last year, the Lancers finished with a 4-9-3 record and didn't make the CIAC tournament, something that Mones wants to change.
"Our team goal is to qualify for the Class S tournament," Mones wrote in a fall prospects statement. "If we can stay injury free, we could be competitive in our league."
Notre Dame will have four captains this season, junior midfield Bryanna D'Arcangelo, junior centerback Raina Ceryak, senior centerback Emily Wonsowiecz and senior right back Tekarah Coward. In addition, the Lancers will have junior goaltender Sierra Chaves, sophomores Erica Quinones, Brianna Kydes (last year's leading scorer) and Pomperaug transfer Samantha Lavelle, who scored 14 goals as a freshman playing varsity.
Mones is also looking for solid efforts this fall from sophomore Delany O'Keefe and freshmen Alex Luke and Kaitlyn Ciufo.
This will be Mones 37th season coaching, and he needs just two wins to reach 300 for his career. At Western Connecticut and Central Catholic, his combined record was 298-143-52.
At Ludlowe, third-year coach Kate Dawson is looking for a repeat of last season as her Falcons went 10-8-1 and advanced into the quarterfinals of the Class LL tournament, losing to eventual state champ, St. Joseph.
Despite losing six starters, Ludlowe will have a veteran squad, led by senior co-captains center back Annie McNamara and right back Casey Bradley. Two other seniors, Tara McNamara and Miranda Rosenfeld will anchor the midfield while juniors midfielder Tatum Lareau, goalkeeper Caroline Serniak and forward Morgan Quinn, along with sophomore center midfielder Clare Mengel will all provide depth and experience.
"We are looking to build off our successful postseason run from last year," Dawson wrote in a prospectus. "The girls are eager to take the next step and that requires beating the top teams in the conference. We have to utilize our depth and chemistry off the bench and finish off our scoring opportunities."
After reaching the second round of the Class LL tournament, placing fourth in the FCIAC East Division and winning 10 games, Warde looks to better all those accomplishments in 2014.
"This is one of the more talented groups to come through Warde," wrote coach Tom Cunningham in his fall prospectus. "But we need to play as a team. We have depth, 22 players that can contribute at any given moment. This is very technically sound group with a lot of experience."
Senior defender Sarah Reilly will captain the Mustangs but is currently recovering from an injury. Senior midfielder Virginie Larouche and junior forward Jenn Maldonado (second team All-FCIAC last fall) are both back, as are sophomore midfielder Anna Glovin and junior midfielder Hannah Allen.