Sussex Tech, Central girls’ soccer looking forward to new season

GEORGETOWN – Four straight postseasons have included Sussex Tech’s girls’ soccer team.

If that number is to reach five, which is one of the team’s goals, the Lady Ravens will need a young group of talented players to gel quickly.

Graduated from last year’s Division I semifinals team are key starters Hailey Cherrix, Bekah Warrington, Dylan Bryan and Natalie Sava.

But, returning for the defending Henlopen North champions is All-State player Michelle Laz, goalie Leslie Fazio (both team captains), Sheyla Artiga, Wuendy Cruz, Annie Purdue and Caroline Breeding.

Sussex County Post/file photo Sussex Tech senior Michelle Laz returns to lead the Lady Ravens this season,

Sussex County Post/file photo
Sussex Tech senior Michelle Laz returns to lead the Lady Ravens this season,

A key newcomer, head coach Carlos Villa said, is Kira Short.

“Overall team goals are to continue to improve-develop team identity due to so many new players (and to) overcome a lack of varsity experience,” said Villa, whose team was 2-1 entering last weekend. “We have a great group of young ladies that has been working very hard to overcome the lack of varsity experience. We hope to improve quickly, learn quickly and challenge for our fifth consecutive Division I state tournament appearance.”

Sussex Central

For Sussex Central’s girls’ soccer team, this is a building season.

While the Lady Knights, who entered spring break 0-3 but played their best game of the young season last Thursday in a one-goal loss to Dover, do have five seniors on their roster, the core of the team is its sophomore class.

Two of those sophomores, Merci Diaz and Serina Brooks, are captains along with junior Kaylee Briceno.

Seniors on the team are Luiza Galvao, Jennifer Garcia, Sonia Gomez, Kathleen Mooney and Yesenia Perez.

“We’re young, so we have a lot to work with in the future,” said head coach Patrick Kilby. “Our team goal is to be more competitive against teams in our conference. Hopefully we can do that over the next few years.”

Sussex Central is scheduled to return form the break with a Monday 6:30 p.m. home game versus Nandua High (Va.).

From the Sussex County Sports Desk

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