One year ago, the Aztec Under-17 girls soccer program won the Massachusetts Youth Soccer State Cup.
Now they’ve done it again at the U18 level with the same players.
“The U18 age group is a difficult one because teams are made up of high school seniors who have many scheduling conflicts and often lose interest once they know where they are playing in college,” said Javi Mejia-Blau, the team’s head coach. “But this Aztec team had its entire roster of 20 available for the semifinal and finals, a testament to the commitment these girls have displayed all year and a rarity at this age.”
Making up the team were goalie Caitlin Lodi (Bryant University), Pingree’s Kasey Provost (Roger Williams) and Madison Doherty (Providence College) from Peabody; Casey Cook (Franklin Pierce), Caitlin Harty (Holy Cross), Kristen O’Connor (Bryant) and Governor’s Academy’s Katharine Barrand (heading to Boston College to play golf) of Beverly; Stephanie Kowalski of Danvers (UMass Amherst); Hannah Becker of Hamilton (Washington University in St. Louis); junior Mia Bongiorno of Marblehead; Kristina Caradonna of the Pingree School via Lynnfield (Connecticut College); Katherine Kreider from Boxford and Phillips Andover (Hamilton College), North Reading’s Delaney Kasle (St. Joseph’s of Maine), Andover’s Sophie Draper (University of British Columbia), Middleton’s Kaleigh White (St. Lawrence), and Salem’s Alix Bryant (University of Hartford).
The four out-of-state players are Stephanie May, who has committed to RPI; junior Adaeze Obinelo (Fordham) and Maeve Holland (University of Richmond) from New Hampshire, along with Holy Cross-bound Emily George from Vermont.
“These young ladies and their families made significant sacrifices and traveled a great deal to be part of this team and help us win,” said Mejia-Blau, who was assisted by former Swampscott High and Syracuse University star Skylar Sabbag.