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Hudson~Litchfield News 2010 HMS Girls’ Soccer: ‘I’m NOT Afraid’

by Frank Girginis What was to be of this year’s HMS girls’ soccer team? I mean, after all, their 18-goal scorer, starting goalie, starting center-mid, and the whole starting defense moved on to the high school, not to mention that the team only had three returning eighth graders. The word from around the Tri-County league was that Hudson Memorial School (HMS) was an automatic win on the other team’s schedule. I, and the

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girls, had other thoughts on that! Every year, the girls come up with

a saying and a word that they use for their team motivation. This season, the girls’ saying was “I’m NOT afraid” and their word was “tradition.” The meanings behind those will stay with the team, but I can say they lived up to both 110 percent. The season began and the other teams were right about the fact that we were a very young team, with five eighth graders, eight seventh graders, and three sixth graders, and the girls’ first game was against the number-one pre-season team, Merrimack. By the end of the game, it looked like what everyone was saying about the girls was true—the girls got clobbered 8-1. The next day at practice, the girls


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submitted by Christine Bardsley, Head Coach, Division 12 Bears Cheer

On October 24, the Hudson-Litchfield Bears

Division 12 Cheer Squad competed in the NHYFSC State Cheer Championships at the University of New Hampshire-Durham. They placed first in the Division 12 large red cheer division. The girls also won first place at the Bedford Season Premiere Spirit Competition held on October 16. The Bears will now advance to compete at the NE Regional Cheer Championships on November 20. There are 33 girls on the team: Amber Bardsley, Lindsey Bielby, Carisa Blais, Emily Byers, Amanda Campbell, Madison Champagne, Grace Condon, Meaghan Connors, Nicole Drohan, Mackenzie

Fallon, Lauren Ferentino, Mallory Floyd, Brianna Frassica, Samantha Harrison, Mackenzie Kiluk, Stephanie Lambert, Cara Layman, Sierra Levesque, Brianna McPhee, Colleen Murphy, Rachel Perron, Alyssa Pietrowski, Vanessa Pucillo, Olivia Roberts, Bianca Rodonis, Kirsten Rourke, Taylor Sancartier, Emma Stalker, Dahlia Thibeault, Samantha Thompson, Shaye Thyne, Alyssa Waldman, and Amanda Wetmore. Head coach: Christine Bardsley; Assistant

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were reminded about their motto and their team word; at this point, they were not living up to either one. With the next game against the defending champions – Londonderry – the girls had another tough challenge. The Londonderry game came and you could see from the first whistle that this was a different team; they were playing with heart, intensity, and that special team bond. Next thing they knew, the girls defeated Londonderry 1-0, and showed their true potential. The girls would go through ups and

downs, but the turning point of the girls’ season came with two games left. At the time, the girls had a record of three wins, four losses, and one tie, which was not good enough to make the playoffs, as the girls were in seventh place. The girls had two tough games left; they had to go to Salem to play a team they tied earlier in the year, and then they had to end their season against Merrimack, the team that beat them 8-1 in the first game. The girls’ backs were against the wall, and if they wanted to make the playoffs, they needed to beat Salem. The girls came out strong in the Salem game, but at halftime, the game was tied 0-0. At halftime, the girls had their

best halftime talk of the year; it was a special talk, and one that moved everyone. What happened next would be one of the best three game rides I have ever been part of with a soccer team. The girls went on to beat fourth- place Salem 3-0 to clinch their playoff spot, but they did not stop there. They went on to beat the first-place and undefeated Merrimack team in their final game, 1-0. Yes, this was the same Merrimack team that beat the girls 8-1 in their first game. With the two huge wins, the girls went from seventh place all the way to fourth, and earned home-field advantage for the first round of the playoffs.

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they were done, they rose to the challenge and fought their way out—a life lesson the girls will now take with them. The team didn’t get help from anyone—the girls earned everything they got from their hard work and in the first round, the girls kept rolling and once again beat Salem 2-0 to advance to the Tri-County Semi-Finals. The semi-finals did not go the way the girls wanted; they lost 3-0 to the number-one seeded Merrimack. The loss hurts and you never want to see your season end with a loss, but what these girls proved – not only to the nay- sayers, but to themselves – throughout this season is worth more than any $10 trophy. They said we were too

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young, they said we did not have enough experience, and they said we did not have the talent, but once again, a group of wonderful young ladies formed that HMS bond and played beyond their abilities, and proved that hard work and playing as a team are the true keys to success.

I could not be more proud to be these girls’ coach, and this season will be one of the more special seasons I have coached in my 10 years of coaching at HMS. The girls lived up to their team motto, but most importantly, they continued the tradition that is the foundation of the HMS girls’ soccer program.

Members of the 2010 HMS Lady Colts include: Eighth graders – Co-captain Brianna

Wiggins, Co-captain Morgan McCoy, Sarah McAdam, Jovanna Plante, and Ashleigh Lavery. Seventh graders – Tana Tufts, Danielle Ross, Halie Martineau, Hannah Cuthbertson, Kayla Juliano, Marieanne Poulin, Samantha Gianelli, and Emma Stevens. Sixth graders – Nicole Teague,

Julianne Houle, and Katie Bellomo. Managers – Erin Ruigrok, Hannah

Croce, Jamie Jutis, Marissa Burns, Briana Sellingham, Victoria Winter, and Erin Loughran.

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