A roaring return in store for Old Colony soccer team

By Andrea Ray | Sep 08, 2017
Photo by: Andrea Ray An Old Colony players works on her footwork during practice on August 31.

Rochester — Kaitlin Pimental is a starting forward on Old Colony's girls' soccer team now, but three weeks ago, things looked different.

"She was something of a surprise," said coach Paul Sleight, of the freshman addition to his team. "I put her on the field during our first scrimmage, just to see what she could do, and it turned out she could really play."

Pimental is joining a group of strong women, and strong players. Sleight realized quickly that a freshman phenomenon was less rare than he initially thought.

"Of course I say it's a surprise, but it isn't really," he added, pointing to sophomore Haleigh Fernandes. "Last year the same thing happened with her. We've got a lot of skill."

Fernandes and Pimental are two of the youngest players on the team this year, but Sleight reported that they're holding their own against his seasoned players.

"I have a really strong group of starting seniors," he said, pointing them out as the players practiced. Longtime players Rachel Silva and Breigh Senior are returning to the team to start.

Following them are "equally talented" juniors—Ryley Costa of Mattapoisett, alongside Raquel Rodrigues, Bailee Amaral and Maegan Champagne, Sleight said.

Last season, the team finished with an overall score of four wins, 11 losses and three ties.

Sleight said he hopes to get the team back to the Mayflower League championship this year. But, he admits, there's some difficult competition in the division. He considers Norfolk Agricultural the team's toughest opponent.

Sleight has one other team in his sights—Upper Cape.

"Last year we lost and tied Upper Cape. That looks like a good goal for the season," he laughed. "Let's overtake Upper Cape."

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