SOUTH ABINGTON TWP. — The Abington Heights girls soccer team won 11 games before falling to Scranton Prep, 1-0, in the quarterfinals of the District 2 Class 2A playoffs last season. Three of the team’s five losses came at the hands of the Classics.
With the return of seven starters, the Lady Comets have their sights set on bigger goals.
According to head coach Roger Jacobs, that will start with scoring more goals. Senior forward Ally Christman leads the team with 34 over three seasons, but Jacobs would like to see a more balanced attack.
“All the girls have to take part in scoring goals from the defenders to our offensive players,” Jacobs said. “We have a lot of good soccer players, we just need to get in the mindset of scoring goals. If you can posses the ball, but can’t score goals then possession doesn’t mean a whole lot.”
Senior defenders Emily Bonsick and Adrianna Green, Christman, senior midfielders Emma Henzes and Tiana Yarns, senior goalkeeper Johanna Show, and sophomore Hannah Kowalski return as starters.
Juniors Jasmin Patel, Mackenzie Machell, Ashley Mulherin, Allyson Derry, Nicole Getz, Isabella Demo, Emily Marquardt, Caila Pitts; and sophomores Kelly Seechock, Carina Salerno, Abby Brown, Meghan Noone, Emily Mahoney, Paige Morgan, Emily Clauss, Lauren Simakaski, Trish Caucci, and Kaila Steenback also return with varsity experience.
The Lady Comets must replace midfielder Perrine Wasser, forward Michaelina Holmes and defender Mariah Hawley due to graduation.
Jacobs expects Scranton Prep and Valley View to provide the toughest competition in Lackawanna League play.
The Lady Comets added non-league games against Coughlin, Dallas, Williamsport, and Wyoming Valley West to their schedule to help prepare them for district playoff competition.
Abington Heights will participate in a scrimmage with Holy Redeemer and Lakeland at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 29 at the Clarks Summit Elementary soccer field.
The Lady Comets will host West Scranton at 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 4 at Clarks Summit Elementary in the first game of their Lackawanna League season.