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Fall Sports preview: Elizabethtown-Lewis

Elizabethtown-Lewis striker Kylee Cassavaugh gets past a defender.

Elizabethtown-Lewis striker Kylee Cassavaugh gets past a defender. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— Buehler said that the team hopes that the strides they make in the regular season lead to another deep Section VII/Class D playoff run into November.

“Improvement is the focus, but they expect to be playing with the best D schools in the section,” Buehler said.

Girls soccer

ELCS girls soccer roster

Name - Grade

Kylee Cassavaugh - 12

Emily Morris - 12

Kearsten Ashline - 12

Crystal Grady - 12

Jenny McGinn - 12

Sierra Wimett - 12

Lily Whalen - 11

Caitie Decker - 11

Zoe Reusser - 11

Shonna Brooks - 11

Sage Allott - 10

Jasmine Barnes - 10

Emma Disogra - 9

Shannon Canavan - 9

Head Coach: Steve Denton

The Elizabethtown-Lewis Lady Lions may have the most experienced squad in Section VII/Class D.

The 2012 team brings back nine starters from the team that reached the Class D title game against eventual state champion Chazy, many with multiple years of experience.

“We bring back nine starters from last year and hope to be competitive within our division,” head coach Steve Denton said. “But we have a very small squad this year with only 14 girls on the roster.”

The team returns one of the top front lines in the region, with strikers Kylee Cassavaugh and Emily Morris, who Denton said bring, “experience, talent and leadership to the team.”

The Lions will also continue to be anchored defensively by sweeper Lily Whalen, who will be joined on the back line by Crystal Grady, Sierra Wimett and Jenny McGinn. Kearsten Ashline also returns to provide the last line of defense in the net.

Shonna Brooks and Caitie Decker will return to the midfield for the Lions, where newcomer Jasmine Barnes will also see time.

“Junior Zoe Reusser, Sophomore Sage Allott and Freshmens Shannon Canavan and Emma Disogra will provide relief from the bench,” Denton said.

As the season progresses, Denton said that the overall goal is to make it to the sectional finals for the third time in as many years.

“This team’s overall goal is to return to the section final,” he said. “We have played in the final two years in a row and hope to make it three.”

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