Greens Farms Academy is a PreK-12, coed school in Westport, CT

GIRLS SOCCER PREVIEW: Coach Has High Hopes for Young Dragons This Fall

John Nash

Greens Farms Academy girls soccer coach Andrew Henry has a very high goal for his program. High enough to hang a banner up on the wall inside the Coyle Gymnasium.

“My hopes are always the same. I sound like a broken record,” said Henry, GFA’s fourth-year head coach. “I want a banner up in the Coyle, something that will stay there even when all these girls graduate.”

This year’s edition of the Dragons squad is young, but talented and could be in the mix for a league title by the time November rolls around.

Four seniors and four juniors will provide leadership for a squad that boasts three sophomores, eight freshmen, and one eighth grader that equals the team's deepest squad in years.

Seniors captains Shealeigh Crombie, Lane Murphy, and Andie Morelli are joined by veteran player Emma Smith as the veteran leaders for GFA.

 

Juniors Camielle Ewing (a captain), Lauren Lior, Justine Luth, and Emma Orenstein are more veterans of the FAA pitch, too.

Shannon Martin, Ella Conopask, and Charlotte Walter are all sophomores who saw a lot of action during last year’s COVID 19-shortened season as GFA raced out to a 5-1 start.

This year’s freshmen group, Henry says, will play a big role in how successful the program is--not just this season, but in the future, too.

“We’ve got some good freshmen, some good newcomers,” Henry said.

Sofia Atehortua and Julia Johnson headline this talented group, which will see a lot of game action this fall. Janelle Mascis, Ryley Tate-Padian, Lydia San Jose, Beatrice Schlein, Elise McCormick, and Hadley Mcdonald will also find themselves playing roles for the Dragons.

Eighth-grader Mae Morelli provides even more depth at goalkeeper, joining Murphy and her older sister Andie as GFA’s last line of defense.

“We’re not going to commit on a starting goalie at this point,” Henry said. “Everybody will play. Once we get to the playoffs, I think a starting goalie will have emerged.”

A major key for the Dragons this season is staying healthy, Henry said, especially given the longer more traditional "normal" season and schedule.

“We have (more than 20) games on the schedule, so we have to make sure our key players stay healthy and since we’re playing with COVID we need to make sure we have the policies in place to keep playing and not have anybody miss too much time,” Henry said.

All told, 34 girls are in the program, one of the GFA’s highest total in years, allowing the Dragons to have a JV team to get players valuable on-field playing time for the future, as well.

The Dragons open the season on Saturday, on the road at Cheshire Academy. They will host Christian Heritage on Tuesday at 4:30 p.m. on the GFA campus.


GFA GIRLS SOCCER 2021 VARSITY ROSTER

Seniors: Shealeigh Crombie, Lane Murphy, Andie Morelli, Emma Smith

Juniors: Camille Ewing, Lauren Lior, Justine Luth, Emma Orenstein

Sophomores: Shannon Martin, Ella Conopask, Charlotte Walter

Freshmen: Sofia Atehortua, Julia Johnson, Janelle Mascis, Ryley Tate-Padian, Lydia San Jose, Beatrice Schlein, Elise McCormick, Hadley Mcdonald

Eighth Grade: Mae Morelli