The Carey girls’ soccer team snapped a 10-year playoff drought with one of the best seasons in school history in 2022, ripping off 11 straight wins to start the campaign before dropping the final two, including a shutout loss to Long Beach in the first round. Many key players from that team are back, making this year even more intriguing.
The Seahawks split the first two games of this season, starting with a 5-0 win at Elmont on Sept. 12 before a tough 1-0 loss to upstart Roslyn two days later despite peppering 17 shots on goal and 15 saves from junior goalkeeper Vanessa DeCastro. But coach Chris Posillico believes the team will regain their form once his players are fully healthy and the weather stabilizes.
“The returning varsity team was at workouts all summer and they definitely seem a lot more focused” he said. “We had a tough one on Thursday against Roslyn, we lost 1-0, but they definitely seem a lot more focused this year, which is good.”
Passing and ball possession have been the keys to the Seahawks’ success in recent seasons and points could come from anybody on the roster. Six different players hit the scoresheet against Elmont, led by Isabella Mola’s two goals and assist. Fellow junior Christina Genovese added a goal and an assist and sophomore Ava Iori had two helpers.
“I think this team prides itself on just all playing well together,” Posillico said. “They kind of all spread it around. There’s nobody that’s going to jump out on the stat line because they just all contribute. It’s not one player that stands out. They all do their job.”