NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain girls soccer team is off to a rough start, now 0-2 after a 7-0 shutout loss to Newington on Tuesday afternoon.
One of the major problems head coach Kevin R. Williams voiced was the lack of experience the girls have. New Britain is a city that does not have a feeder program to incorporate girls into the sport of soccer at a young age.
“We’ve tried, as coaches,” Williams said.
“We need players coming into this program who have been playing since they were six or seven years old, and who are coming to New Britain High. That’s our issue, we don’t have that feeder system, we don’t have those girls who are excited to come in and go ‘I want to play soccer.’ We don’t have that.”
Junior captain Maya Mlynarska is the sole premier league player on the Hurricanes’ roster.
“The city of New Britain doesn’t have good enough soccer programs to support all of these girls. It’s tough, especially the athletic program. New Britain is very backwards,” Mlynarska said.
“When I was in middle school I didn’t have any soccer program within my school, or anyone to introduce me to the sport of soccer. I had to do that on my own. I had to train on my own. To me I started late within premier, although I can catch up, not a lot of other girls can do that.”
Competing against the suburban school districts is hard, Williams said.
“I’m going to be honest, because they have a feeder system. They have programs in town, they have premier teams, and again we don’t have any of those recourses,” Williams said.
New Britain’s schedule is matched up against all of the perennial powerhouses.
“We’re playing against Wethersfield, Newington, Rocky Hill, Hall, Simsbury,” Williams said. “Those are 10 games that are very very difficult. We have to defend and push to be successful against those competitors.”
Despite the fact that New Britain’s soccer program is behind other programs, Williams believes they can grow and his goal is to be the “best urban school.”
What works best for the Hurricanes is staying compact.
“To stay compact means to pressure, and contain the ball,” Mlynarska said. “When you pressure and contain the ball, you keep the ball back so they [other teams] don’t come forward and score.”
Despite last year’s losing record (4-9-1) and their rocky start to this season, the Hurricanes are keeping their heads high and will be ready for their next game.
“Our game plan is still to defend for next time,” Mlynarska said. “We still have a lot to improve on as a team. We’re all at different levels, me being the only premier player on the team. Possibly we’re trying to get more girls to premier soccer, but other than that, just defend. Same compact structure, that’s all we have.”
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