Fryeburg women’s football team to debut under coach Hart | High school
FRYEBURG – A familiar face of Mount Washington Valley football, Dave Hart is the new head coach of the Fryeburg Academy women’s football team. He succeeds Antonio Barrionuevo who coached the Raiders for four seasons.
Hart, the former Kennett High men’s soccer team coach for seven seasons and instrumental in the development of the Mount Washington Valley Soccer Club for several years, is thrilled to lead the Raiders.
“It’s been a lot of fun so far,” Hart said. “I hope the girls are having fun too. It was a great experience to know the children. Some already knew this from playing club football.
The Raiders are set to open the 2021 campaign on the road in Naples with a local derby against rival Lake Region this Thursday at 6 p.m.
Fryeburg went 3-1-2 in a season shortened by COVID last year.
While the Maine Principals’ Association initially ruled that football teams could have until November 16 to complete up to 10 games, a change was passed on to the Raiders who learned on October 26 that the season was over.
Coach Barrionuevo observes: “The FA women’s football team displayed a quality game and played every minute on the pitch as if it were the last. They are the most talented group of athletes to coach (during their four-year tenure) and they are great role models for the next generation of players. “
The Raiders lost a number of players at graduation including Lucy Hodgman-Burns, Karyn Johnson, Luna Barrionuevo, Ella Baptista, Morgan Fusco and Sharlah Mae Day.
Hart has a record number of girls for the program.
“We should end at around 40,” he said. “I know the girls are really looking forward to this season. It was a difficult year last year due to the pandemic (COVID-19). “
Hart added, “We have nine or 10 freshmen, which is nice to see. I think we have a well balanced team with different age groups and a good mix of local and foreign players.
Hart has recruited “a cast of stars” to join him on the sidelines of the fall of Jacki Buzzell, arguably the best player in the history of the program, and Stevi Laird, eminent former Lebanon Valley College and Gorham coach. High School in Maine, as well as training for MWV Soccer Club.
“I had to give my best sales pitch to get both, but that’s a huge plus for the program,” Hart said with a smile. “For me, it’s so important to have female coaches involved when you work with girls. Jackie and Stevi have been wonderful.
Buzzell will coach the Junior University Reserve Team, while Laird will alternate between the First Team and the Reserves.
Members of the first team include Kiki Adams, Ashleigh Bariteau, Jilyan Byrne, Emily Chaine, Brooke Emery, Greta Grant, Taylor Gunther, Zoe Kleban, Maya Mahan, Ana Mallet, Adriana Mas Soto, Katie McIntyre, Ginger Priestman, Emma Rydman, Phoebe Sartory, Heather Shackford, Allison Southwick, Lou Tillmans, Emily Walker and Mia Zimmel.
The reserve team members are Sophia Bouzid, Brie Charest, Zoe Daigle, Carlota Del Riego Hinojar, Delaney Forrest, Ella Inez, Camino Camacho Lobaton, Mercedes Camacho Lobaton Emma Keaten, Olivia Lewis, Autumn Macdonald, Kristsa Mercier, Kylie Prouty- Allen, Alana Ring, Lainey Rousey, Lorna Schmidt, Sarah Shackford, Claudia Valle Samaniego and Keysha Winters.
This year’s team captains are seniors McIntyre and Gunther as well as junior Bariteau.
“We have three talented leaders in Katie, Taylor and Ashleigh,” Hart said.
McIntyre will play in the center of the FA, while Bariteau is expected to anchor the midfielder and Gunther will play in the midfield and could also be moved forward from time to time.
Hart said the reserve team will have captains selected every two weeks.
The Raiders have a lot of goalie depth with Priestman and Mahan, both of whom are also proficient outfielders, for the first team, and Charest, Sarah Shackford and Winters all games for the reserve team.
Hart plans to open the season with a 4-4-2 roster with four defenders, four midfielders and two forwards.
“We’re going to keep it simple to begin with,” he said. “It gives me a chance to see what we can do. Maybe we’ll play a 4-3-3 at some point.
The Raiders received a special visit last week from Felicity Day, who played for the Arsenal Ladies in England and is revered as one of the best coaches in the sport.
“Felicity is a brilliant coach,” said Hart. “We made him focus on the defensive principles of the game with our team. We’ve had a lot of workouts.
FA will look to Emery and Byrne to provide plenty of offensive firepower this season, while Sartory, Adams, Southwick and Hannah Shackford also have noses for the net.
When it comes to goals, Hart wants his players to improve daily on and off the pitch. The team is working with a sports psychologist from England on mental skills.
“We are talking about building a culture here and personal character builds victory,” Hart said.
Fryeburg is scheduled to play its home opener on Tuesday, Sept. 7 at 4 p.m. when York comes to town.