Girls’ soccer team under new leadership

Natalie Pietrowski

The magic numbers 25 and 0 took the Neshaminy girls’ soccer team to state championships last year and gave hope for another winning season, but when a coach resigned and senior players moved on to college, the state championship seemed further out of reach.

Chelsea Deeter was an assistant coach in the soccer program but has since moved up to the position of head coach this season. Deeter, a Neshaminy graduate of 2006, played soccer at Kutztown University and knew when she graduated that she wasn’t done with the sport yet.

“Once my collegiate soccer career was over, I knew I had to get involved with the sport again somehow. I reached out to Coach Clemens to see if I could help out with the program. ” She said.

“I wanted the girls to have a familiar face during the transition period and also someone who knew how the program was run.” Deeter continued.

This season certainly is a transition season with the loss of key players like Megan Schafer and Mckenna Mullen. Luckily there is still plenty of talent on the field. “We still have a huge amount of talent on our team this year.” she explained.

The team will be led by captains Amy Mandia (senior) and Maggie Daeche (sophomore). Junior Gabby Farrell and sophomore Alyssa Tobin will take control of the offensive positons while the middle of the field will be run by Mandia, Daeche and Junior Alyssa Antonelly. Defense will be controlled by Senior Nicole Nisivoccia and Junior Julia Andreozzi.

“I feel like everyone is pulling together as a unit this year after the loss of many key players.” Deeter said.

The team hopes to make it to district playoffs this fall; a goal that both the players and coaches feel is attainable.,pa)/girls-soccer/home.htm