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Corner Kick: Villa Maria

Villa Maria Victors
Coach (season, record): Walt Federowicz (13th season at Villa, 17th season overall, 197-57-7 at Villa, 259-73-14 overall)
2010 overall record: 16-6-0
2010 region record (place): 6-2-0 (second)
2010 playoff results: Lost 8-0 to Mercyhurst Prep in the District 10 Class AA championship and 8-0 in the PIAA first round.
Top players lost: Kayley Jones, Emily Carlin, Nicole Shellenbarger
Top returning players: Kaitlyn Kissell, Maddy Reichel, Abby Kenski, Alexus Edinger, Melissa Blenner, Courtney Edwards, Alexis Monocello, Jillian Blaszczyk
Assistant coaches: Narciso Burgos, Aaron Jones, Sara Deeb
Outlook: Villa Maria has remained a powerhouse for years and most of that success has come from adapting to change. With a state champion (Mercyhurst Prep) in its region, coach Walt Federowicz and the Victors are looking to make another major adjustment. Villa will change up the offense and defense this year and might go through some growing pains before the team gets used to the new system. If all goes well, the Victors will be a huge roadblock for the Lakers in the playoffs. Villa’s biggest concern in camp will be replacing Kayley Jones, Emily Carlin and Nicole Shellenbarger. Jones and Carlin controlled the midfield last year while Shellenbarger was a solid goalkeeper. Jones was named to the all-district team on offense and was voted to the all-region first team, while Carlin and Shellenbarger were second-team all-region selections. Leading the way this fall is Kaitlyn Kissell. Kissell is an all-district pick and set school records in 2010 for goals in one game and one season. She is set to smash the school record for career goals this season. Also back are Maddy Reichel, a converted defender that was voted to the all-region team last fall, Abby Kenski, Alexus Edinger, Melissa Blenner, Courtney Edwards, Alexis Monocello and Jillian Blaszczyk. Kenski, Edinger and Blenner were all named to the all-region team last fall. Villa starts the season off with three home games including a showdown with Mercyhurst. If the Victors win all three, Federowicz will celebrate his 200th win as the Villa coach. If not, Villa will look for his 200th win at Corry and Meadville.

Schedule
September
2 Central Tech 4
7 Mercyhurst Prep* 5:30
10 Warren* 5:30
13 at Corry* 4
19 at Meadville 7
21 at Central Tech 4:30
24 at Hickory 12:30
28 Strong Vincent 7
29 at Fort LeBoeuf 4
October
1 Harbor Creek 2:30
3 at Mercyhurst Prep* 7:30
5 at Warren* 5
8 Corry* 1
11 at Bradford* TBA
15 Fairview 4
19 East 6
22 at McDowell 4:30
24 Bradford* 6

Sunday: West Middlesex, Wilmington

– Tom Reisenweber

Posted in: Corner Kick, Soccer

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