by Tom Utescher
Last fall, Sinéad Brierley was the only senior listed on the varsity girls soccer roster at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy, but this fall the Blue Devils’ senior class has doubled. It consists of Ashley Carabajal, who transferred in last year from St. Basil Academy in the Catholic Academies League, and fellow team co-captain and longtime SCH superstar Meghan McCool.
McCool, who scored 55 goals just last season and who verbally committed to the University of Virginia while still in 10th grade, missed the opening phase of the Devils’ preseason practice last week. Nobody minded, though, since she was out of town playing with her colleagues on the U.S. Under-20 National Team. She is the only Pennsylvania athlete in the elite group.
A larger junior class for SCH includes returning starting goalie Destini Curry, along with Audrey Brown, Taylor Ferry, Martha Kerbel, Alex McHugh, and Joy Wilson. Sophomore Morgan Bender also saw time in the goal cage for SCH last fall as a freshman, while her classmate Emily McNesby, then a new arrival at the school, made an immediate impact out on the field.
Going back into action with them this fall are fellow 10th-graders Bridget Hennessey, Aliyah Jefferies, Lucy Lamb, and Grace Rorke, and a new addition to the school’s sophomore class is Marissa Brown, a transfer from North Penn High School.
One of the 10 freshmen who came out for the 2015 upper school squad is last year’s Little League pitching sensation, Mo’ne Davis, who was already a member of the SCH soccer varsity as an eighth grader. She has a new classmate this fall in Nayah Moore, who has come over to the Blue Devils from Friends Central School.
Second-year head coach John Westfield has a new assistant this season. Erin Blaney played high school ball for Little Flower in the strong Northern Division of the Philadelphia Catholic League, then joined the team at Holy Family University, playing from 2011-2014.
This season the SCH Blue Devils will be looking to improve upon the 3-9 Inter-Ac League record they finished with last fall.