Captains help guide Goshen girls soccer to victory

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  • Maegan Allspach, Madi McGuire, Skyler Stiskin, Alexa Stack (Photo provided)

“We started the season slowly this year, but have improved in a number of different areas since that time and went on a five-game winning streak."
Anthony Monti, head coach

By Josh Lashley

— The success the Goshen High School girls' soccer program prepared for in the pre-season is now being realized — through hard work, an unwavering commitment, and a belief in the coaches and student-athletes on the roster.

This year, leaders on the team are also the team captains — Maegan Allspach (senior), Alexa Stack (senior), Sklyer Stiskin (senior), and Madi McGuire (junior).

“All are strong soccer players and hard workers,” Goshen head coach Anthony Monti said. “They are also very popular with their teammates and natural leaders for a variety of different reasons. They also span the different positions of the team-forward, defender and midfield.

“Maegan has worked very hard coming back for a broken foot she experienced over the summer. Madi has improved her first touch a significant amount since last year. Skyler has improved in her passing skills and used that to build off her aggressive defensive skills. Alexa is stronger out of the air than she was last year.”

The entire Goshen squad is noted for their academic achievements, and the captains certainly play a role in that as well.

“As a team, we have been a NYS Scholar-Athlete team since they each joined the squad during their freshman and sophomore years,” Monti said. “Maegan on Honor Roll for 2017-2018, with a 96.1 GPA, National Honor Society, World Language Honor Society. Alexa on Honor Roll for 2017-2018. Madilyn McGuire on Honor Roll for 2017-2018, National Honor Society. Skyler is on Honor Roll for 2017-2018, National Honor Society.”

In recent matches, the Gladiators have proven to be a team united.

“We started the season slowly this year, but have improved in a number of different areas since that time and went on a five-game winning streak,” Monti said. “We have yet to play a recent game at our best for 80 minutes, but the goal is to continue to improve and then peak for the playoffs.”

Goshen had plenty of help on the road to the playoffs.

“Jillian Brosnan as a ninth grader has really helped us offensively this year by covering while Maegan was out with a broken foot,” Monti said. “Also, Leah Nemec has made some good improvements from last year, when she was a sophomore. Maggie Calzaretta made the courageous decision to step into goal for us this year after a few years away from that decision and Mya Rattray is another defender that has had a strong season for us.”

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