Pelham varsity girls’ soccer team prepares rigorously for upcoming season


As some people spend their last summer days soaking up the sun, athletes on the PMHS Girls Varsity Soccer team have been practicing rigorously in preparation for their first game.

This year, four captains will try to lead the soccer team to victory: junior Alexis Cornachio, junior Maeve Parmelee, senior Claudia Dodge, and senior Alison Emory.

“I’m very excited to be a junior captain this year, but at the same time, the position comes with responsibility,” said Parmelee. “It’s a very hard job, especially being younger than my co-captains, but overall it’s a lot of fun and I’m eager for the season to start.”

After playing on the varsity team for three years, Dodge’s role is important, especially since it’s her last year.

“Being a senior captain means a lot more responsibilities to take on this new role for my last season and really make sure this is a great season for us,” said Dodge.

Coaches Massimo Gargiulo and Michael Solazzo did not reply to requests for interviews.

“Our goal for the season is to make it farther than we did last year since we lost in the quarter finals to rye,” said Dodge. “We will be facing tough opponents throughout the season, but we have been working extremely hard each day at practice, so we’re determined to do well. I think we will, even though we lost some of our key players to graduation.”

Though losing key players from last year hurt the team, the girls are ready to welcome this season with new and upcoming talent. Cate McLean, Olivia Orlando, and Amelia Koff are the incoming freshman that will be a tremendous help to the team.

“The hard work we have put in the last three weeks is really beginning to show, and we feel confident going into our next game,” said Cornachio.

The Girls Varsity Soccer team’s first game is today at 4:30 pm on Glover Field, where they will face the Scarsdale “B” team. All of the Varsity Girls are fired up for an awesome upcoming season and hope to start it off with a win.