John Walsh can’t wait for the season to start. The Huntington High School varsity girls’ soccer team’s longtime head coach believes the Blue Devils will field a very strong squad this fall.
Walsh will once again be assisted by Vincent Tannazzo. The duo has been together for many years, complementing each other’s strengths. With 14 players returning from last spring’s team, including nine starters, the Blue Devils look to be one of the top teams in the league, if not the county.
Huntington girls' soccer coaches John Walsh and Vincent Tannazzo. (Darin Reed photo.)
Huntington lost Bella Algieri, Alexa Amorison, Johanna Campos-Moreira, Gigi DeVoe, Jordan Forte, Julia Gorecki, Kemberlin Hernandez-Veliz, Timmeree Koepele, Ainsley Lumpe, Charlotte Maggio and Julia Steinberg to graduation.
Returning to the field is All-County Teddi Carnesi, All-Conference Katie Browne and Emily Plachta and All-League Edelyn Garcia. The returnees also include Analisse Batista, Hope Bilkey, Hanna Carlson, Gianna Forte, Ashley Genao, Evelyn Henriquez, Adrianna LoScalzo, Caroline O’Rourke, April Swanson and Eliza Walther.
Huntington compiled a 6-3-1 record last spring and advanced to the playoffs. “The team worked hard every day,” Walsh said. “Sometimes we were overmatched, but nevertheless these girls found a way to compete and win.”
The Blue Devil JV squad will again by coached by high school physical education teacher Maria Canino. Everyone is welcome to try-out for the team.
The fall season kicks off with the first day of tryouts on Monday, August 23 at 8 a.m. on Huntington High School’s grass soccer team. Walsh said newcomers are welcome to try-out for both the varsity and junior varsity teams.
Interested in playing for the Blue Devils? Girls’ soccer players are asked to report to the high school nurse’s office on Wednesday, August 18 at 10 a.m. to get cleared/requalified for the fall season. Players need to have had a physical exam within the past 12 months.
The nurse can only clear a student-athlete who has the following forms on file:
Checklist prior to tryouts:
Every student needs to get re-qualified by the school nurse for each sport season. The nurse can only clear a student if they have the following forms on file:
• Private physician physical exam form: (link below)
• Interval health history form: (link below)
• Parent permission form: (link below)
Players who want a physical exam performed by the school doctor can report to the nurse’s office on Thursday, August 19 at 8 a.m.
All Blue Devil student-athletes are also required to submit a blue parent permission form to their coach no later than the first day of tryouts/practice.
Interested in playing junior varsity or varsity soccer with the Blue Devils this fall? Need more information? Send a message to Coach Walsh at firstname.lastname@example.org; Coach Tannazzo at email@example.com or Coach Canino at firstname.lastname@example.org.