August 8th, 2018

Rockets hope to score often

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Conor Revell

Managing Editor

Rockets hope to score often
Riley Ennenbach (No. 28) is Assumption's top goal scorer / photo by Conor Revell

 Assumption’s soccer team has struggled to score goals over the past several season, but head coach Tammy Hailey vows to change that this season.

“We want to put more goals in the net this season,” Hailey said. “Last year we had a great defensive season, but we struggled to put goal in the net. We want to make a turn around on that. As far as the season goes - making it all the way through regional and to state would be great.”

The Rockets don’t have much of a choice as most of their defense graduated with the exception of senior Addison Cline.

Gone is Addison’s older sister Kennedy Cline, gone is Jessi Grunduski,and  gone is goalkeeper Alyssa Campisano.

“We’re going to have Madison in the goal,” Hailey said. “She’s really good. She great with the high balls, but we’re working with get her better on the low balls. She’s very agile and we’re looking to her to help us since we lost pretty much our entire defensive line.”

Haley is going to rely on the younger Cline to guide a young and an inexperienced defense.

“We’re having to put Addison at center-back to fill her big sister spot,” Hailey said. “We are hoping to be able to move her up at some point. She’s just a natural leader on the field and has been chosen as a captain by her teammates. She’s going to play a huge role this season.”

Offensively, the pressure is on Riley Ennenbach to guide the Assumption offense, the rising junior led the team with 13 goals and one assist.

“Riley is tough, she is strong, and she great with the ball,” Hailey said. “We have to get her more goal scoring opportunities this year instead of trying to make her work so hard. We want her to be able to get the ball and have 1 v. 1 opportunities against the keeper.

But Ennenbach can’t do it alone, Hannah Hennessey is back after scoring seven goals last as is Grace Moore who netted two goals.

The Rockets are looking to compete with Seventh Region rivals Manual and Sacred Heart to try and win their first regional title in six years.

“We have a lot of leaders this year,” Hailey said. “They’re very close. They spend a lot of time with each other outside of soccer. They’re just a good cohesive bunch that likes to work hard. To get them out there together and push each other has been great.”  

However, somebody is going to need to prove that the Valkyries, who have five straight regional championships, that they can be knocked off.

The Rockets open their season with district rival Collegiate Aug. 15th at 6 p.m.



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