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Corner Kick: Strong Vincent

Strong Vincent Colonels
Coach (season, record): Michael Romeo (5th season, 38-23-2)
2010 overall record: 7-9-2
2010 region record (place): 5-3-0 (tied for second)
2010 playoff results: Lost 4-3 in double overtime to Meadville in the District 10 Class AAA semifinals.
Top players lost: Brianna Opperman, Colleen Kresse, Halley Sonntag, Brisia Herrera, Emily Kessler
Top returning players: Rachel Burnett, Sarah Ritz, Stacy Rabat, Sandra Rabat
Assistant coaches: Frank Romeo, Gino Romeo
Outlook: Strong Vincent earned a District 10 playoff spot before losing a heartbreaker to Meadville in the semifinals in double overtime. The Colonels will need to reload the program quickly in order to return to the postseason. Vincent lost 11 seniors to graduation, including all-region selections Brisia Herrera, Colleenn Kresse, Halley Sonntag, Emily Kessler and goalkeeper Brianna Opperman. Coach Michael Romeo is stressing simplicity and uniformity throughout the program this fall and is working on getting every player’s fitness level on the same level as some of the area’s powerhouses. Vincent returns several talented players, including all-region selections Rachel Burnett and Sarah Ritz as well as Stacy and Sandra Rabat. Vincent’s focus early on will be building chemistry and developing the team and later in the season the Colonels hope to have the early work pay off.

7 Hickory 6:30
8 at North East 4
10 at Fairview 10 a.m.
14 Meadville* 6:30
19 at Central Tech* 4:30
21 East* 6:30
24 at McDowell* 4:30
28 at Villa Maria 7
3 Warren 4:30
5 at Corry 4
11 at Meadville* 7
12 East* 4:30
13 Central Tech* 4:30
18 McDowell* 4:30
23 Mercyhurst Prep 1
26 North East 6:30

Note: information not submitted by the Strong Vincent boys coach.

Friday: Titusville

– Tom Reisenweber

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