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Westbury High School Girls Soccer, Volleyball Teams Off to Successful Start

The Westbury Girls Varsity Soccer and Varsity Girls Volleyball teams are off to a very successful start for the fall 2009 season.

The girls volleyball team, under the direction of coach Michelle Brock, has four conference wins and is challenging for a playoff position; while the girls soccer team, under the direction of head coach Jenna Thomas and assistant coach Koriene Petrelli, has won its first two games.

Soccer coach Thomas has led the team to more victories in two years than we had in the combined five years before that. She has also more than doubled the participation level. Thomas is a full substitute teacher at Powell’s Lane School. Assistant coach Petrelli is a new physical education teacher at the high school.

The following are the results from the girls soccer games:

On Sept. 26, Westbury hosted Hempstead and won by a score of 3-0. The first two goals were scored by senior Ritzi Contreras while sophomore Jennifer Bonilla scored the third goal, the first of her varsity career. Westbury’s goalies for the game were Laura Sanchez (1st half) and Joana Vanegas (2nd half). On Oct. 1, Westbury traveled to Roosevelt and won 5-0. Goalies one, two, three and five were scored by Ritzi Contreras with the fourth goal scored by Maribel Vanegas. Westbury’s goalie for this game were freshman Laura Sanchez.

The following students are captains of the girls soccer team:

Senior Ritzi Contreras was chosen as captain this year because of her dedication and love for soccer. During the school fall season, Contreras is at every practice and is continuously giving 110 percent. Contreras has come forward with positive motivation and tips for the team.

Junior Shante Bethea was chosen as a captain this year for her strong leadership skills. She is not afraid to step forward and get her team in line. Also, Bethea only joined the team last year, and has shown nothing but dedication since. Despite an injury to her knee last year, Bethea has pushed forward and continues to grow each day.

Junior Laura Barthelemy was chosen as a captain this year for her continuous dedication to the team. Barthelemy steps up to the plate to take on everyday responsibilities of the team. She also speaks to her teams to keep them motivated and keep their spirits up when the game is getting tough.

“The girls have a real drive this season. Besides the growing number of girls coming out for the team, I have noticed that they really want to learn more about the sport and are willing to put more time into practicing when needed,” said Coach Thomas. “Being with this program for two years now, I really only see it moving up from here. If the girls keep showing the dedication that they have been this year, it will only lead to more victories in the future!”

Westbury High School’s Girls Volleyball team, under the direction of coach Michelle Brock, has four conference wins and is challenging for a playoff position. More information about the team will follow in an upcoming edition of The Westbury Times.