Cecil women’s soccer rebuilding after lost year
— 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
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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