Farmingdale Girls Soccer

The Farmingdale girls varsity soccer team entered this season knowing that who they face for conference play was going to be a little different but they were up for the challenge.

“We knew this was going to be an interesting season because Nassau county started determining conferences by school enrollment like Suffolk county,” Dave Otto, the Farmingdale girls varsity soccer coach said. “We are facing different teams that we haven’t faced before.”

Farmingdale is currently third in Nassau’s conference one with an overall record of five wins, two losses and three ties and a conference record of five wins one loss and one tie. They just beat Freeport on October 6, 2010 by a score of 7-0. Next up on the schedule is the conference leader Massapequa who has not lost a game. Farmingdale has gone up against Massapequa once already this season but came out on the losing end of a close battle. Massapequa is Farmingdale’s cross town rivalry. Games between these two teams are always competitive.

Farmingdale is headed by Coach Dave Otto. This is Otto’s third year as the head coach. Last year he led the girls to a record of five wins five losses and two ties. They also made it to the quarter finals in the playoffs.

“This year our goal is to make the playoffs and go as far as we can,” Otto said, “We want to go further than we did last year.”

In the team’s history, Farmingdale has five conference championship titles and have yet to win any title higher than that. This team is working hard to try and change that this year.

“We just want to do as well as we can,” Otto said “There is a great chemistry between these girls.  They are very close and have a high level of skill.”

Farmingdale’s team strength this year is their defense. So far this season the most goals they have given up in a single game are three. Most of the time they do not even allow a team to score a goal. Their defense controls the game and makes it easy for their offense to get ahead.

“We have very talented players on the defense,” Otto said.

The key players on defense this year are Nadine Hadnagy, a starting sophomore stopper and Alana Mercant a starting senior sweeper.

“These two girls hold things together on the defense,” Otto said, “They keep everything under control.”

Other key players for this team are midfielder Colleen Reynoles, a starting junior captain. Reynoles sees the field well and is very fast.

“Colleen uses her speed well,” said the coach.

Captain Kelly McPartland is a senior four year starting midfielder. McPartland lead the team in scoring the past two years and is looking like she will do the same this year. She has eight goals already this season.

“Kelly is extremely quick, has a great touch on the ball and a very hard shot,” Otto said.

Senior forward Julia Wooten is an offensive threat who also has eight goals so far this season. Wooten and McPartland work well together up front they connect on a lot of goals.

“Julia has a tremendous work ethic,” Otto said.

Maegan Meritz is also a captain. Meritz is a two year starting senior midfielder.

“Maegan is extremely quick and has great endurance,” Otto said.

“All the girls on this team are great and are all very talented,” Otto said, “It’s a pleasure to work with them, they always give their all and work hard every day.”

Even though these girls focus on playing soccer they also work hard to keep their grades up. Their hard work has paid off because for the past three years they have won the New York State scholar athlete team award.

“These girls pride themselves on winning this award and it is a challenge for them but they work hard to get it,” Otto said.

This team trains all year around. In the summer they participate in a summer league that runs from July until the middle of August. Most of the girls also keep themselves busy by playing basketball and lacrosse.

“I love coaching this team these girls are great,” Otto said, “They work hard and want to win. They never give up.”

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