Ce­cil women’s soc­cer re­build­ing af­ter lost year

Cecil Whig - - SPORTS - By JORDAN SCHATZ

jschatz@ce­cil­whig.com

— Women’s soc­cer is back at Ce­cil Col­lege.

Af­ter a lack of play­ers forced the pro­gram to shut down last sea­son, the Sea­hawks women’s soc­cer team has re­turned in 2016.

“It’s a lot of work [to re­build a team],” head coach Mark Farra said. “It’s a lot of travel, a lot of talk­ing, I think I saw at least 52 games [in an ef­fort to scout ath­letes]. We have

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two play­ers from Penn­syl­va­nia, one or two play­ers from Delaware, play­ers from Mary­land, so I was pretty much see­ing games all fall and spring.”

Farra re­turns to the pro­gram af­ter a short hia­tus. He last coached the Sea­hawks from 2009-12 be­fore leav­ing for per­sonal rea­sons.

“It’s in­ter­est­ing be­cause I don’t re­ally know what my ex­pec­ta­tions are,” Farra said. “I know what I want to do, I want to make the play­offs, but are big­gest thing is keep­ing the 14 or 15 play­ers on the ros­ter healthy and try to keep them com­pet­i­tive.”

Mid­fielder Stephanie Tit­tel and de­fender Kylee Bar­ber are the only re­turn­ing play­ers from the 2014 squad. They will an­chor a ros­ter that fea­tures six play­ers from Ce­cil County schools.

De­fense­man Jamika Pugh, who earned All-County hon­ors at North East last sea­son, and de­fense­man Tara Brown, who earned All-County hon­or­able men­tion with Elk­ton, join goalie Kira Toro (Per­ryville), for­ward Is­abell Will­son (Elk­ton), de­fense­man Katie Shields (Bo­hemia Manor), for­ward Re­be­caa Miller (Ris­ing Sun) and for­ward Court­ney Brown (North East).

“We have ev­ery school rep­re­sented from Ce­cil,” Farra said. “It’s start­ing to help me with re­cruit­ing be­cause I’m al­ready get­ting calls from play­ers who want to come here now. I want these play­ers [in high school] to con­tinue on. We may not be NCAA Divi­sion I but we can be com­pet­i­tive and we can ac­tu­ally rep- re­sent Ce­cil County. I re­ally want to do that.”

Ce­cil will be rounded out by for­ward Brit­tany Tay­lor, mid­fielder Molly Briggs, for­ward Lu­cia Es­pos­ito, mid­fielder Tay­lor Fabian, goalie Malinda Ro­nan and de­fense­man McKayla Im­per­a­trice.

“I think we are go­ing to sur­prise some peo­ple,” Farra said. “I think we play well.”

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