Revamped defense a key for Mepham

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The shifting of midfielders to defense has opened some opportunities, and sophomore Sam Picinich is among those taking advantage. Her development as a soccer player from last season has already turned a few heads, and the hope is that Picinich will team with Gilroy to give the Lady Pirates a versatile and potentially explosive one-two punch at center midfield. In a 3-2 victory over Oceanside on Sept. 12, Gilroy had two goals and an assist, while Picinich also had a helper. “We’re hoping to have them switching,” Foronjy said of the two flip-flopping between offensive and defensive roles. “They both have amazing shots and they both play defense as well.”

That versatility, coupled with the talent across the rest of the midfield and at forward allows for a balanced offense and multiple players capable of scoring goals. “Our goal is to get everyone involved and in attack [mode],” Foronjy said. 

Senior co-captain Ashley Appel, an All-Class returnee, is one of the key components in the offense, as well as sophomore Andrea D’Sa, who is in her first season at the varsity level. Appel is particularly well-rounded, and along with D’Sa should get plenty of help from Kelsey Simpson, a senior All-Class returnee now in her fifth varsity campaign, who also scored in the win over the Lady


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