ALL-HERALD GIRLS SOCCER: Tremendous fall season provides tons of talent on this squad

Published on Monday, 25 December 2017 16:04
Written by SHELBY IAVA


The girls soccer teams in our area continued their usual run of solid play this year, with multiple teams making postseason appearances. So, it’s no surprise our All-Herald Girls Soccer Team is stacked with some of the best talent Connecticut has to offer.

Berlin had another tremendous season, advancing to the Class M finals for the first time since 1986, and places four players on our team.

Julia Sisti once again proved to be one of the best players in the area, taking over games on the offensive end. A mainstay on our team, the senior forward averaged better than a point per game, scoring 18 goals and recording nine assists on her way to yet another All-State and all-conference selection. Sisti is currently committed to Stonehill College where she will play soccer next fall.

Berlin’s Cameron Michalek is a well-rounded student, making honor roll all four years of her high school career as well as all-academic. Michalek was an all-conference selection this year.

Another big part of Berlin’s success was the play of goalkeeper Lindsay Walsh. The junior was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year. Walsh had a huge role in the Redcoats’ journey to the Class M finals, as she deflected three of four penalty kicks against No. 1 seed Lewis Mills in the class semifinals to send the Redcoats to the title game. With nine shutouts, the goalkeeper was awarded with an all-CCC honor.

Berlin junior forward Maxine Muscatello has been playing varsity soccer ever since she was a freshman. She is a three-year honor roll student, was a physical education recipient, and is a two-year member of the interact club and a three-year member of Upbeat. Muscatello plans on playing sports in college.

Newington finished its season 8-9, losing in the first round of the Class LL state tournament.

Abby Molloy was a big part of the Indians’ success from her center midfield position. She earned her second all-CCC selection this year and also won the Coach’s Award due to her strong play. She plans on playing soccer next year in college.

Skylar Couillard is making an appearance on our All-Herald team for the second year in a row. The two-time all-conference choice and Sportsmanship Award recipient was selected for CGSCA Senior Bowl.

Couillard will be attending Western Connecticut State University in the fall where she will be playing soccer.

For the first time in All-Herald history, a pair of student-athletes from Innovation were selected to our team.

Senior forward/midfielder Victoria Piechota scored 12 goals and had three assists to earn her fourth CRAL all-conference honor. Piechota has recorded a total of 58 goals and 18 assists, earning her the Ravens Award in the process.

Teammate Kelsey Walicki also made our team. Walicki tallied 15 goals and five assists. Walicki is tied with Piechota for most career goals (58) and leads the Ravens with most career assists (30). Walicki is a four-time all-conference selection and received all-academic four years straight.

Maya Mlynarska is New Britain’s lone representative, but was a standout on a competitive Hurricanes team. The junior offensive midfielder is a three-time varsity starter that earned her second all-CCC selection this fall. Mlynarska is currently valedictorian of her junior class and is planning on attending a Division I or Division II school where she plans to play soccer.

Natalie Verderame was one of Southington’s best offensive players this fall, earning Offensive Player of the Year for the second year in a row. She’s also an honors student.

Blue Knights goalkeeper Olivia Sherwood made our team after compiling nine shutouts and 72 saves this season. The junior allowed just 12 goals, earning Southington’s Unsung Hero Award. Sherwood is involved in Key Club and Recycle Club as well as being an honor student.

Plainville forward Krystyna Miller rounds out our team. The freshman scored eight goals, leading the Blue Devils. Miller was also named all-academic to finish out her first season with the Blue Devils.

Posted in New Britain Herald, Berlin, Goodwin Tech, Innovation, New Britain, Newington, Plainville, Southington on Monday, 25 December 2017 16:04. Updated: Monday, 25 December 2017 16:06.