Wyoming Area had only a few holes to fill from a contending team a year ago.
As she entered her second season as Warriors field hockey coach, Erin McGinley knew just where to look.
Three freshmen, who moved up from a championship junior high team, filled the vacant spots in the starting lineup on a team that McGinley said is ready to contend.
“We told the kids from the get-go that the expectations on them were higher and there’s going to be more pressure on them because people recognize how well our season went last year,” McGinley said. “A lot of people didn’t expect us to do much, but people know that we’re bringing up a strong freshman class.”
All five of the freshmen played in Friday’s 10-0, non-league rout of GAR.
Wyoming Area was not quite able to finish what it started last year, ranking among the Wyoming Valley Conference Division 1 leaders midway through the season before finishing 8-6. The Lady Warriors lost to Lake-Lehman, 1-0, in the District 2 Class A quarterfinals.
“We started off very strong and then we hit the heart of our season and we lost a couple heart-breakers,” McGinley said. “We lost a game in overtime; we lost a game in the last two minutes; we lost a team to a state (finalist) by a goal.
“We have a lot of very close games last year.”
Sophomore Kayla Kiwak returns as the center forward and junior Lauren Parente is also back from the forward line. Toni Minichello, a freshman, joins them.
Junior Kari Melberger returns as the offensive center midfielder. Senior Bailey Grossi and junior Cassidy Orzel are back on the outside.
Mackenzie Switzer, another freshman, takes over as the defensive center midfielder.
Senior Abby Gober and junior Morgan Beppler are back on the defense that includes freshman Megan Beppler.
Junior Ellie Glatz returns in goal.
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