August 30, 2014 at 12:10 PM
CHATHAM, NJ - Chatham girls soccer coach Chris Mazurkiewicz isn't sure where the goals are going to come from, but he's confident he has the talent to produce them somewhere within his roster
"We definitely struggled with scoring last year," Mazurkiewicz said. "This year, we have a lot of multi-faceted players. We certainly had our opportunities. You just have to have a knack for putting the ball in the net."
One such player could be Laura Barber, who was promoted from the JV at the end of last season.
"She scored a goal off a corner kick in her first game," Mazurkiewicz said. "She was in the game literally 30 seconds before she scored. And then she was being interviewed for TV a few minutes later."
Barber, a junior, could play in the midfield or up front. Mazurkiewicz is counting on junior forward Kelsey Terry, who netted four goals last fall, to be his top striker. Terry could be joined by speedy freshman Sophia Reed or rising sophomore Nicole Smizaski.
Senior co-captains Emily Walczyk and Danielle Terzer figure prominently in the center of the field, with either having the ability to get forward into the attack.
Emily Walczyk talks about the 2014 Chatham girls soccer team in video below
Mazurkiewicz is installing a flat-back four this season, with senior Lindsey Aloia moving from sweeper to defensive midfielder. The center of the defense will feature two sophomores, Shannon Lamb, a transfer from Pingry, and Morgan Tobin.
Senior Krista McKenzie and junior Beth Kuyk are returning veteran defenders. Kuyk pushed her way into the starting lineup midway through her sophomore season.
In addition to the talented newcomers, Mazurkiewicz has a number of seniors he plans to slot into multiple positions, such as Morgan Callahan, Melanie Muir, Giselle Easton, Anna Dezenzo, Alex Routh and Becky Fabian.
Junior goalie Carolina Viscovich earned a varsity letter last fall. She is being pushed by sophomore keeper Sophie Collins.
"We're talented. We're physically fit," Mazurkiewicz said. "There is a good vibe here."
Chatham opens its 2014 season at Sparta on Sept. 8.