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GFS girls take the field with compact roster

Stamina will have to be a key attribute for the 2009 girls soccer team at Germantown Friends School. While the Tigers may have talent, they don’t have a lot of depth, and lack the numbers necessary to field a full-fledged junior varsity team this fall.

Last season, GFS was the runner-up to George School in the Friends Schools League, but six players graduated from that Germantown team, and one returning sophomore student decided to not to go out for the sport this time around. As the Tigers prepare to launch the 2009 campaign, injuries have sidelined two other players, senior Victoria Horn (ankle) and freshman Isabelle Linguiti (knee), but both are expected to return before long to shore up the roster.

CHA soccer seeks to bolster defense

While trying to control a head ball, CHA’s Andrew Greenspon (#9) gets a hand from Shipley’s Evan Romano.

In Chestnut Hill Academy’s last interscholastic soccer skirmish before Labor Day, the Blue Devils’ defense wasn’t working up to capacity.

Once the local booters gave up three goals to visiting Shipley School in the opening period of last Thursday’s season opener, their fate was sealed. The Devils put up stiffer resistance in their own end during the second half and received a goal from senior Peter Adubato late in the game, but still succumbed to the Gators, 3-1.

In a scrimmage against Cheltenham High School two days earlier, CHA had also yielded three goals to the opposition.

“That’s something that we’ve got to fix,” first-year coach Joe Di Salvo commented after the Shipley contest. “I think two of the three today were soft goals, and I told our goalkeepers that’s one thing we need to limit, especially early in games. Against a team like Shipley, going down by three goals early is something that’s very tough to overcome.”

Boys prepare in soccer scrimmage

The senior tri-captains for the 2009 Germantown Friends School soccer team (from left): Manolo Sanchez, Sam Mercuris, and Jason Symonette.

In a boys soccer scrimmage last Wednesday afternoon, there were a number of similarities between the host team, the Tigers of Germantown Friends School, and the visiting Patriots of Germantown Academy.

Each of them was the runner-up in its league last season, GFS coming in right behind Shipley School in the Friends Schools League, and GA finishing second to Haverford in the Inter-Ac. Each team returns the majority of the starters from its 2008 line-up (GFS lost four and GA, three), and each of the two squads is breaking in a new goalie this fall.

In last week’s trial run, GA ended up with a 2-1 edge, with all of the scoring coming in the first half of the affair. Senior midfielder Kevin Israel put the Patriots on the board first, then the home team tied it up on a penalty kick that was buried in the lower left corner by Tiger senior Manolo Sanchez. A mainstay of the GFS offense for several years, Sanchez has verbally committed to play Division I soccer for the University of Louisville.