The 2014 Mt. Greylock Girls’ soccer team has gotten off to a good start with an 8-5 record before Columbus Day weekend. The captains of the girls varsity team are seniors Kelsey Orpin, Lucy Barrett and Miranda Voller. Voller has unfortunately missed the entirety of the season due to an injury sustained during summer softball. Other key returning players from last year’s campaign are juniors Melissa Swan, Haley Reinhardt, Maggie Rorke, and Charlotte Rand. Other key returnees include sophomore Sarah Stripp, and reshmen Caroline Flynn, Mae Burris-Wells, and Elena Cerveira. Youth and depth characterize the girls’ soccer team. Freshmen Leah Majumder, Ada de Gooyer, Lauren Howard, Gabby Orpin, and Eighth Grader Karen McComish have all contributed significantly to the team. As captain Kelsey Orpin explained, “we are a very young team but everyone is doing their best and it’s working.”
Important wins for the Mounties this season include victories against the powerful Monument Mountain, and rival Hoosic Valley, winning 2-1 and 2-0 respectively. “[Monument Mountain] was coming out with wins against good teams. So we knew they weren’t going to be easy for us, and to get that win was such an accomplishment because everyone stepped up and played their best,” said Orpin as she reflected on the win. In the beginning of the season Lucy Barrett started off playing in the middle of the defense. But on September 22, Coach Tom Ostheimer decided to gamble and put Barrett upfront. Since then, Lucy has scored eight of her nine goals and none were as important as her double against rivals Hoosac Valley.” It was a turning point for us coming together and really playing as a team,” said Barrett. Given the youth of the team, people predicted before the season that this would be a rebuilding year. Yet the tenacious and tough Mounties have managed to find ways to win.