Foote's sports teams had a great fall season, scoring hard-earned victories, learning from losses and growing as individuals and as teams through every practice and game. A total of 75 students in grades 6-9 participated in soccer, field hockey and cross country. Read on for team-by-team season recaps.
The team was represented by 19 runners in grades 6–9 this season. We welcomed 10 new runners into our program! The team participated in seven meets during the race season, as well as the State Championships. The runners improved in both strength and endurance over the course of the season. As a result, we faired well against our opponents. The following students emerged as our leading runners over the course of the season:
Ruari Putnam (Grade 9)
Charlie Ferguson (Grade 8)
Lila Miller (Grade 8)
Heidi Small (Grade 7)
This year's Spirit Award was earned by Lila Miller for her enthusiasm, and positive attitude. The Most Improved Award was earned by Raiden Imaeda (Grade 6) for his consistent hard work and growth. The Unsung Hero Award was earned by Zainab Khokha (Grade 7) for her quiet dedication and consistent work behind the scenes. Finally, the coveted Big Toe Award was earned for the second year in a row by Heidi Small (Grade 7) for her embodiment of the hard work, positive attitude, sportsmanship and skill that represent Foote Cross Country.
—Coaches Laura Stanley & Andrew Zielinski
Our girls soccer team was comprised of 15 youthful, energetic and spirited middle school student athletes. Through determination, hard work and a whole bunch of laughter, our team developed a great deal over the course of our season, both on and off of the field. This was a testament to the leadership of our veteran players who have been on the team since the sixth grade. It was amazing to witness our girls' communication, teamwork, power and footwork steadily improve over the course of the season. By the end of the season, our team had the opportunity to compete in 10 games and finished with a final record of 5-3-2, with wins coming against IDS, Choate, Williams, Christian Heritage and Country School. It was a pleasure working with such a vibrant group this fall. I am confident that Foote School girls soccer is going to be a formidable opponent for all teams who take on the challenge of playing against the Falcons next fall.
Additionally, Chase Stevens-Scanlan was this year's recipient of the Orange Slice Award. This award is voted upon by the team and is given annually to the teammate who, in the team's opinion, best exemplifies the following characteristics.
- Energetic - Enthusiastic
- Hard-working, 110 percent - Positive Attitude
- Sense of humor - Joy for the game
- Supportive - Dependable
- Accountable - Perseverant
—Coach Brad McGuire
JV Boys Soccer
The team was incredibly hard working and dedicated to the program. The boys came to practice every day ready to work and develop their skills and it certainly showed as the season went on. The boys started the season with a tough game; we played as individuals and the final result was not favorable. From that moment, we became a team. The defense played together as a unit, the offense made amazing passes and everyone trusted each other to do their jobs. In our final game against Christian Heritage, the growth and development of the boys was showcased during the 70 minutes. The end result was a tie but everyone played their hardest and worked incredibly hard together. It has been a pleasure coaching these boys this year, I am excited to continue watching their development as young men and soccer players.
—Coaches Eric Einbinder & Joe Reiser
Varsity Boys Soccer
The team started with three challenging games against Renbrook, Choate and Rumsey. Despite these games ending in defeat, the team was improving with each game and developing good team spirit. Our first win of the season came against Fairfield Country Day School, where Foote narrowly won 3-2. It was a big relief to get the first win of the season and the players thoroughly deserved it for working hard in practice and keeping their morale up when results had not been going their way. Not only did they score three excellent team goals, but they defended heroically amidst intense pressure from the opposition. Our final game of the season was a 3-0 defeat at home to Kingswood Oxford. Despite keeping possession for extended periods of the game, we were hit on the counter attack for each of the goals. We had numerous shots on target but unfortunately could not make our pressure count. Maintaining tradition, our season culminated with the annual soccer tournament at Eaglebrook. It was a challenging day as we came up against some strong sides, but it was a valuable experience for our younger athletes who will go on to represent the team next season and beyond.
—Coach John Hay
Under the quiet and consistent leadership of four-year veteran Colleena Healy, the field hockey team had an enjoyable season. We welcomed many new players to the team and the new girls integrated quickly, learned valuable skills and improved their physical fitness. A highlight of the season was the annual field hockey jamboree held at the Bement School in Deerfield, Mass., on Oct. 21. Although we came in fifth place in our division and only scored one goal (thanks, Marley Hansen!), we enjoyed the gorgeous autumn day and shared our love for the sport with many like-minded athletes. At the end of the day, we finished 1–4–1.
Our final regular season record this season was two wins (against Hamden Hall and St. Martin), four losses (against Kingswood twice, Pine Point and Hopkins) and one tie (Hamden Hall). All together, the girls scored 12 goals this season. Ninth grader Colleena Healy led the team in scoring with three goals, followed closely by Megan Davis and Marley Hansen with two goals each. Other scorers included Jasmine Xi, Sophie Schonberger, Jude Meares-Garcia, Krishna Scholand and Lucy Fritzinger. We appreciated Dani Callaghan for volunteering to step into the goal this year; she did a phenomenal job! She was assisted on defense by our stalwart, experienced defense player, Sophie Schonberger, and two tough newcomers: Mia d’Amuri and Jude Meares-Garcia. Rhea McTiernan Huge ably played center link, a position requiring great endurance. Newcomers Erin Low and Sophie Gangloff helped round out the team and assisted on defense and offense respectively. Two year veteran Maddie Merkle-Ward was a valuable “utility player,” playing forward or link as needed. We will very much miss the players moving on from Foote, but we hope to recruit more young players to learn the sport next fall.
—Coaches Lara Anderson & Megan Williams