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Maggie Belknap - Arlington VT

Maggie Belknap - Arlington VT

Maggie was the first member of the LFC in 2004. I saw her play for Arlington when she was in 4th grade. She single handedly beat my MYSL team while her right hand was in a cast. Later I coached Maggie in U10, U12, and U14 for the Mountain Soccer Club. She was our center midfielder and playmaker – a dominant force on offense and defense. She went on to be captain of the Arlington High School varsity leading them to multiple Vermont State Championships. Maggie was voted the top Vermont female high school soccer player during her final year and went on to star at Amherst College.


Clare Kelley - Manchester VT

Clare Kelley - Manchester VT

I coached Clare from kindergarten through 6th grade in the MYSL with the help of her father. Later I had her in U12 and U14 at the Mountain Soccer Club. Her attainment of LFC status was a big plus for her at the striker position scoring with either foot. She had great athleticism and a “never quit attitude”. The later quality was obvious on and off the field as she battled all opponents including type 1 diabetes. After MSC, Clare starred for the BBA varsity as a striker.


Amanda Connors - Manchester VT

Amanda Connors - Manchester VT

I was partially responsible for getting Amanda to play soccer in the 2nd grade and coached her most of the way through 8th grade. Amanda was one of the most physical players on any of my teams. She played a number of positions including goalie but was best suited as a midfielder - tireless and aggressive. Once she made the LFC, she became a mainstay as a left midfielder shutting down our opponents while leading the counterattack. The only times Amanda missed soccer was because of injuries suffered on and off the field. Amanda went on to play for the BBA varsity beginning her junior year.


Samantha Labate - Londonderry VT

Samantha Labate - Londonderry VT

Sam played center midfielder for the Mountain Soccer Club during her U10, U12, and U14 years. She had great speed, excellent ball skills, and a power instep kick from either foot. Although her defensive skills were good, she was more of a playmaker on offense and a goal scorer. Sam had limitless stamina and never backed down from contact. I carried her off the field once and iced her on the sidelines often. Sam made the BBA varsity during her freshman year and continued her midfield dominance and winning ways.


Melanie Thulin - Manchester VT

Melanie Thulin - Manchester VT

Melanie was on my Mountain Soccer team as a U10, U12, and U14 player. She was a natural defender and played the "sweeper back" all 6 years. Her ability to use either foot effectively was a big reason for our team's stingy defense. Mel had average speed but compensated for it with her anticipation, dribbling, and passing skills. Her signature move was the chop/cut turn – faking a pass while making a 90 degree move past her opponent and up the field. Because of her composure and accurate passing ability, I relied on Mel to be a part of an end of the game shootout – rare for a defenseman. After Mountain Soccer, Melanie made the BBA varsity her freshman year and became a mainstay in their backfield.


Brianna Thibault - Salem NY

Brianna Thibault - Salem NY

I met Brianna when she played for the 6th grade team from Salem NY in 2004. Due to her aggressive style of play and an unbelievable right footed kick, my MYSL players were afraid of her. Of course, I recruited her to play for my U12 Mountain Soccer Team the following spring and made her my goalie due to her size, great hands, quickness, and fearlessness. The one thing she lacked was the ability to use her left foot. This is important because great goalies are also good field players. After Brianna made the LFC, she demanded the ball from her teammates to start an effective counterattack. Later Brianna played for Capital United (Albany NY) and anchored the Salem NY varsity team for an unbelievable 5 years.


Lizzie Jorgensen - Manchester VT

Lizzie Jorgensen - Manchester VT

Lizzie came to Manchester VT when she was in 5th grade. She played for me at Mountain Soccer for 4 years (U12 - U14). Initially she played midfield and goalie but settled in as our left striker – a natural for an LFC member with her scoring ability. She had a powerful instep kick (either foot) and breakaway speed. She mastered the technique of faking the goalie “out of her shoes” finishing with a “tap in goal”. Later, Lizzie made the BBA varsity as a freshman and had a great career as a prolific scorer.


Danielle Marmer - Dorset VT

Danielle Marmer - Dorset VT

Dee played U10, U12, and U4 for me at the Mountain Soccer Club. She was very petite which necessitated her "standing her ground" against bigger players. She was quick and had good ball skills with great scoring instincts. The only thing she lacked was a decent left foot. After entering the LFC, she became a scoring machine. Dee also had great field vision and often directed her teammates as far as where they should go on the field. Dee made the BBA varsity her freshman year but finished her high school soccer (and ice hockey) career at Loomis Chaffee in Connecticut.


Meaghan McKee - White Creek NY

Meaghan McKee - White Creek NY

Meaghan was a tall lanky girl with a ton of talent. She played 1 year for me at Mountain Soccer (U12). Due to her left foot capabilities, I put her at left back and she anchored our defense while leading the counterattack. Meaghan had great "soccer sense" and seemed to always be in the right place at the right time. Later, she played 4 years on the Hoosick Falls high school varsity team as their center midfielder and was part of the 2011 state championship squad as co-captain.


Maritza Gonzalez - Hoosick Falls NY

Maritza Gonzalez - Hoosick Falls NY

In addition to being the "Cinderella Girl", Maritza had tremendous rhythm on the ball. Playing left midfielder for my Mountain Soccer team, she would dribble the ball as effortlessly as a world class skier schussing down the slope. Also, she had a tremendous instep kick and was a scoring threat from the "outside" with either foot. Later, Mari played 4 years on the varsity Hoosick Falls high school team (as midfielder) and was a part of their 2011 state championship team as co-captain.


Naomi Johnson - Manchester VT

Naomi Johnson - Manchester VT

Perhaps Naomi had the easiest time making the LFC. She was a natural right footed kicker but displayed ambidextrous qualities. The Mountain Soccer Club entered a weekend tournament in Rutland which featured a penalty kick contest. Naomi took all her penalty kicks left footed and advanced to the final round coming in 2nd place. After that incredible exhibition, I had little choice but to welcome her with open arms (feet) into the LFC. Later, Naomi played on the BBA varsity as a midfielder and defensive back.


Grace Delurey - Hoosick Falls NY

Grace Delurey - Hoosick Falls NY

I first saw Grace play for Hoosick Falls against my 6th grade MYSL team. Although MYSL won the game, Grace was a constant scoring threat. She joined the Mountain Soccer Club and continued her scoring ways - even better since she developed her left foot. Although she was short in stature, her quickness and competitive attitude made her an ideal striker. Afterwards, Grace played 4 years on the Hoosick Falls varsity team, winning 2 state championships, and was team captain her final year.


Abby McKearin - Proctor VT

Abby McKearin - Proctor VT

I met Abby while coaching for the Rutland County Soccer Club in 2009. She was a half pint girl with quickness and good ball skills. I convinced her that her soccer ability would explode if she could use her left foot. She worked on it constantly, and by the end of the spring season, she was the first player to make the LFC as a 5th grader. Later, Abby played varsity (4 years) at Proctor High School and set the all-time scoring record for a varsity player in the state of Vermont (168 goals). She was voted the top high school female VT soccer player in 2015.


Rebecca Montafrey - Manchester VT

Rebecca Montafrey - Manchester VT

I got Rebecca involved with soccer when she was in the 4th grade, playing for me in the MYSL. A natural athlete with tremendous speed, she quickly learned the basic soccer skills - dribbling, passing, and shooting. She's always played striker because of her breakaway speed and dribbling moves. What made her exceptional was the development of her left foot. She was the 2nd fifth grader to make the LFC and by 6th grade she was scoring more goals with her left rather than her right foot. Rebecca made the BBA JV Gold Team her freshman year and seems to be a cinch to make varsity as a sophomore.


Aryn Iannuzzi - Manchester VT

Aryn Iannuzzi - Manchester VT

I had Ayrin in kindergarten and grades 4th - 6th in the MYSL. Blessed with coordination, speed, and an eagerness to learn, she was a coach's dream. She could play any position (including goalie) but is a perfect midfielder - tireless and good field vision. I always played Aryn on the left side of the field, and maybe because of it, she made the LFC in 6th grade. Later, Aryn made the BBA Gold Team her freshman year and seems destined to make varsity very soon.


Willa Bryant - Dorset VT

Willa Bryant - Dorset VT

Willa was on the Dorset Middle School Team as a 5th grader - something that never happens but Willa is an exceptional girl. Her incredible soccer skills make her suited for any position on the field but she is a natural center midfielder - a true playmaker. Willa's left foot was almost nonexistent, but she made it a focus in 2015 and became only the 3rd girl to make the LFC as a 5th grader. In addition to our team, she plays for the FC Stars - a premier club team.


Carol Herbert - Dorset VT

Carol Herbert - Dorset VT

Carol is a very powerful and talented soccer player. Although she can play any position well, her size, strength, dexterity, and fearlessness makes her a natural goalie. I've only had one other player with these capabilities - Brianna Thibeault - the only other goalie in the Left Foot Club. Now that Carol uses both feet well, she will have the confidence to call for the ball and lead a counterattack. During her freshman year, Carol made the BBA Gold Team and backed up the varsity goalie when necessary.


Skylar Casey - Dorset VT

Skylar Casey - Dorset VT

Skylar played just one year of soccer (kindergarten) before joining the Dorset Middle School team (2014). In 6th grade she learned the basics as a midfielder. In 7th grade I moved her to right attack because of her great speed/quickness and good right instep kick. In 8th grade I challenged Skylar to make the LFC. Her immediate reaction was "I can't do it". However, with a lot of determination, hard work and a nagging coach, her left foot went from a liability to an asset. Now Skylar has the ability to become a scoring machine at BBA. During her freshman year at BBA, she made the JV Gold Team.


Julia Brand - Dorset VT

Julia Brand - Dorset VT

Julia is a Jersey girl who came to Vermont when she was entering the 4th grade. I got to know her through the Sandlot Soccer Swim program prior to coaching her for three years at Dorset Middle School. She has an enthusiasm for soccer and life overall which is infectious to anyone around her. Julia was elected co-captain in 2017 by her teammates and became the Juggling Club coach due to her juggling skills and leadership qualities. During her final season, I switched Julia to left striker. Although she objected to this change, my ulterior motive was to force her to use her left foot more often, her only weakness as a complete player. By the end of the season, she scored numerous goals with her left foot qualifying with an exclamation point for LFC membership.


Tatum Sands - Dorset VT

Tatum Sands - Dorset VT

I've known Tatum forever. Her older brothers played Sandlot Soccer Swim for a number of years while Tatum anxiously watched from the sidelines. In 3rd grade, not only did Tatum get to play SSS, but afterwards I was lucky to be her coach at MYSL. In 2015 we reconnected at Dorset Middle School for the ensuing 3 years. Tatum has good overall soccer skills and an endurance that made her a natural to play midfield. In 2017 she was elected co-captain by her teammates - a tribute to her soccer skills, leadership qualities, and popularity with her peer group. Tatum was a dominant player on defense and offense, shutting down opponents in her own end while scoring many goals for Dorset - some with her left foot. She is a well deserving addition to the Left Foot Club.


Kate Andres - Dorset VT

Kate Andres - Dorset VT

I have known Kate for a number of years playing for Manchester United at MYSL and being the team mascot at the Dorset Middle School soccer games. Her passion is ballet which adds flexibility and rhythm to her athleticism. In addition to soccer, Kate plays lacrosse (year round), basketball and skiing (winter), and is a member of the MPR swim team (summer). However, Kate's best attributes are her infectious personality, incredible stamina, and a commitment to self improvement. The latter being the reason she is a member of the LFC.


Nell Bryant - Dorset VT

Nell Bryant - Dorset VT

Following in her sister's foot steps, Nell entered the LFC on October 18, 2019. She started soccer at the age of 9 (a bit late in today's world) but her athletic ability made up for lost time. I remember Nell as a 5th grader playing for MYSL as a goalie. Although she was very good, I thought it was a waste of talent with her field skills. The next year she played for me at sweeper (nobody could get past her) and this year became our attacking center midfielder, just like her sister Willa. In order to fast track her use of the left foot, Nell made the following pact with the team's captains: "If I don't score a left footed goal during practice you can dump the water container on me and vice versa". A bit extreme (ice water) but it worked. Nell has an insatiable appetite to improve her soccer skills. That's evident - she has the 2019 fastest time on the Obstacle Course, highest level in the Juggling Club, and now membership in the LFC.


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