The MacArthur girls' soccer team hopes an early season trip to an upstate New York tournament is bookended by a return journey culminating in a championship.
The Generals participated in the New York State High School Girls Soccer Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Tournament in Niskayuna, N.Y. last weekend featuring the state’s top teams. Sixth-year head coach Jamie San Filippo said the experience is designed to give his players a taste of competing on the big stage in a two-day span similar to what will be required to bring home a state title in November.
“It’s a good test playing some of the best teams in the beginning of the season and you hope to see them again at the end of the season, “ said San Filippo, who has brought his program to the prestigious event near Albany three of the past four seasons. “I always tell the girls if you want to win a state title you have to be able to win a game on a Saturday, sleep well Saturday night and come back and play in the final on Sunday.”
MacArthur returns nine starters from last season’s 13-1-2 campaign that was held in the spring due to the COVID-19 pandemic and ended with an overtime loss to South Side in the Class A finals. It denied the program a chance to repeat its 2019 county crown.
Senior forward Hailey Hnis is back for her final high school season after netting 24 goals in the spring. Junior Kaitlyn Tung will also be a big scoring presence near the net following an eight-goal sophomore season.