PLAINVILLE - The Plainville girls soccer team may have the reputation of losing games due to its recent history, but underestimating the Blue Devils this season could prove to be a big mistake for opposing teams.
Off to a 2-0 start with 10 goals, Plainville has set the foundation to put together the program’s first winning season since 2011.
“That’s what I set the goal for us,” Plainville head coach Leszek Wrona said. “I’m not sure we can make it, but that’s our goal and we’re sticking to that.”
Plainville made the state tournament in each of the 2009 through 2011 seasons, with a combined 28-17-3 record under Wrona, who is in his 19th year as head coach.
While the Blue Devils reached the Class M state tournament three consecutive years, they made it out of the first round just once, in 2009.
Two components of this year’s team highlight the possibility for success this season and over the next two years.
First is the experience Plainville has, with 10 seniors listed on its roster. That is what Wrona points to as the key for his team.
“First off, I’m praising my senior class,” Wrona said. “Because they’re working so hard for me and this is their fourth year for me. The other girls, whether sophomore, juniors, freshmen, they have to work for the seniors. The seniors are our leaders. Under my teams, we work for the seniors. And seniors are leading this team.”
Yet all 10 goals against Bristol Central and Bristol Eastern were scored by three members of a stellar sophomore class.
That sophomore class may be the catalyst behind Plainville getting that first winning season since 2011 and possibly sparking another three-year winning stretch similar to what it had in 2009-11.
Krystyna Miller, Delaney Beausoleil and Courtney Ouellette have all scored for the Blue Devils as a trio of standout sophomores. Miller leads the team with six goals, Beausoleil has three and Ouellette has one to start the year.
Lyndsey DiTolla, Skyler Ibitz and Jordan Thompkins round out the sophomore class, with five of the six in the starting lineup. DiTolla and Thompkins are defensive starters.
“Every single one of them is playing, this class is excellent,” Wrona said. “They’re very talented and we’re counting on them.”
If Plainville reaches the postseason, it would be the first time the Blue Devils get to the Class M state tournament since the 2014 team just qualified as the No. 31 seed.