The girls soccer teams in our area continued their usual run of solid play this year, with several teams making postseason appearances. As such, our All-Herald Girls Soccer Team is stacked with some of the best talent Connecticut has to offer.
Berlin’s Tess Atkinson once again proved to be one of the best players in our area, taking over games on the offensive end. A mainstay on our team, the senior forward averaged better than a point per game, scoring 19 goals and recording eight assists on her way to yet another All-State and all-conference selection. Atkinson is currently being recruited to play soccer next fall at CCSU and plans to sign a letter of intent Feb. 3.
Another big part of Berlin’s success was the play of teammate Julia Sisti. The junior had an outstanding year with 10 goals and 15 assists from her center midfield position and was rewarded with an All-CCC honor. Also a well-rounded student, Sisti is a high honors student and her class’s vice president.
No team is complete without solid defense, so it is no surprise that Berlin, after going 12-4 in the regular season, has two defensive players make our list.
Grace McCann is two-time all-conference player for Berlin at center defense and four-year varsity starter. But she has also been able to excel in the classroom, where she is a four-time all-academic selection and a high honors student during her time at Berlin. She has committed to play soccer at Merrimack College.
Danielle Skates is the final Redcoat on our team, as the defender was rewarded with her first all-conference selection this season. A three-year varsity starter, Skates has been an all-academic conference pick for four years and is being recruited to play lacrosse at Western New England University.
Newington had another tremendous season, advancing to the Class LL quarterfinals, and like Berlin places four players on the All-Herald Team.
Lindsey Fairbank was a big part of the Indians’ success from her center midfield position. She earned her second All-CCC selection this year and backed it up with an All-State selection. The senior also won her second Coach’s Award due to her strong play. She plans on playing soccer next year in college.
Teammate Skylar Couillard has shown an ability to play anywhere on the soccer pitch. After a season where she was required to spend time in goal, the junior spent this season shifting between defense and the defensive midfield. An all-conference pick for the first time this season, Couillard also won the Sportsmanship Award.
Abby Molly is one of a handful of sophomores that have earned a spot here. The center midfielder earned her first All-CCC honor in her second year on the varsity team and was a vital part of the Indians’ offense. Like Couillard, Molloy won a Sportsmanship Award this year.
After seeing some varsity time her freshman season, Emmy Petronio came out with a strong sophomore campaign that earned her a spot on the all-conference team. The left-forward was another key component to Newington’ success on the field and will be a key piece in the Indians’ success moving forward.
Victoria Piechota is the first Innovation player in any sport to make our All-Herald list, and after her junior season it’s easy to see why. The forward/midfielder scored 21 goals (15 unassisted) and had seven assists to earn her third CRAL all-conference honor and become her school’s first All-State athlete. Her strong play earned her not only her team MVP, but she was voted as the top player in the league.
Maya Mlynarska is New Britain’s lone representative, but was one of the best on a competitive Hurricanes team. The sophomore offensive midfielder is a two-time varsity starter that earned her first All-CCC selection this fall. Also a phenomenal track athlete, Mlynarska should be even more of a threat next season.
Natalie Verderame was one of Southington’s best offensive players this fall, notching 10 goals as a forward to help her earn an all-conference selection as well as being named the Blue Knights’ offensive player of the year. She’s also an honors student.
Plainville goalkeeper Paige Miller rounds out our team. The Blue Devils came within one win of qualifying for the postseason and a major reason for that was the play of the senior in net. The honor roll student was rewarded for her play with an All-CCC pick and will be attending the Coast Guard Academy for soccer and the shot put in track.
David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801- firstname.lastname@example.org