“This chemistry this year is crazy. Everyone knows where the other players are going to be because we practice in every position, so not only do you know your job but you know the other players’ as well,” said Zerfoss. “Our forwards are all so much fun to play with because we’re always finding each other.”
Captains Erin Cunningham in goal and Hannah Becker (from Hamilton) at midfield have played well for the Highlanders. Fellow captain Kristina Caradonna was lost to a season-ending knee injury and is still contributing strong leadership. Peabody native Kasey Provost is also playing well in the midfield.
“The season so fat has been an amazing experience,” said Zerfoss. “I’ve found success setting others up this year, but it really is just in the moment making the right decision with plays, either to pass or shoot.
“Everyone has an equal say and we all know we can count on every single player that steps on the field, so I know someone will be there if I try something new.”
Defensively, Pingree’s allowed less than a goal per game and six shutouts. Mollie Smith, Abigail Dirks, June Kiely, Olivia Pena and Stella Dalkouras are the key defenders, with Cunningham and Nicole Khachadourian the keepers. Olivia Byrne, Emma Whalen, Nicole Scarfo, Taylor Landers and Megan Foye also contribute in the middle and up front.
Arguably Pingree’s biggest win was a victory over Lexington Christian which avenged their only EIL loss from the 2012 season. The Highlanders have two more regular season games with the EIL playoffs next weekend and the New England tournament slated to begin Nov. 13, with Pingree hoping to earn their first invite since the 2009 season.
Pingree is a team that seems comfortable playing any style of soccer, something brought on both by their closeness as a team and the versatility they have in the midfield.