Niagara Gazette — Though a deepened run in Class B sectionals is what N-W will strive for this season, playing local teams in the five-team NFL should help prepare them for that.
“It’s great to see that there’s competition between a league and playing each team twice you kind of learn a little bit about them and it builds that competition between the girls,” McGuinness said of the league. Grand Island Having a veteran-laden roster, second-year Grand Island coach Jennifer Shalke has accumulated a higher outlook for this season.
The Vikings lose three seniors from last season’s team that went 3-12 (3-5 NFL) and Shalke is confident in her upperclassmen’s abilities to improve the team.
To help attain her goal of having the first winning season in program history, Shalke aspires for the team to double their scoring output from last season. They scored around six goals per game last year, and Shalke wants 12 per game in 2013.
“We lost too many close games last year because we weren’t scoring goals, so I like to set the bar high for my girls,” she said.
Leading the offense will be seniors Megan Carroll and Megan Wendt. They were the Vikings’ first- and second- leading scorers in 2012, respectively.
It is also a pair of seniors that will anchor the defense, with Marina Scerra and Grace Olszewski returning to the back end. Midfielders Mia Villani and Madz Wright are part of a large junior class Shalke also expects a lot from, since many of them have experience starting on varsity.
Shalke noted with her first year coaching the team under her belt, she can apply what she learned during it to advance the team’s play.
“That’s probably the biggest thing I’ve taken away, when you get a team to play together, they go so much further when they believe in each other,” she said.