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Sep 13, 2021

Middletown North Girls’ Soccer Team Takes Aim at Another Winning Season

By Les Pierce

Tiffany Brickle will be a key defender for Middletown North.

The Middletown High School North girls’ soccer team posted a second consecutive winning record last year and appears poised to continue that trend in 2021. Four top players were lost to graduation: Darien Rinn (University of South Carolina), Carly Binn (University of Albany), Ashley Dietrich (Fairleigh Dickinson University), and Allie O’Keefe (The College of New Jersey). However, there is still plenty of talent on the roster. 

North closed out the 2020 season with an encouraging flurry, posting five wins and a tie in their final seven games, including a 4-0 victory over powerhouse archrival Middletown South. The Lions have 12 players returning and should be able to pick up right where they left off.  

Seniors Alyssa Imbriale, Molly Moore and University of Albany-commit Caroline Mascone will be responsible for controlling the midfield and frontline. “Alyssa shows great leadership and sees the field well,” stated Head Coach Molly Tague of Imbriale.

Patrolling the backfield will be senior returnees Tiffany Brickle and Mia Crane. Madison Marcotte broke into the lineup last year as a freshman and will join the two veterans to complement the backline. Defender Jordyn Gavini is a new name on the squad; she was lost to a knee injury last year.

Anchoring the defense is goalie Maura Chawner. She won the job in her freshman season and, in 2020, proved to be a force in the cage with 52 saves. The junior enters her third season with 74 career saves.  

Tague is in her first campaign at the post, taking over from Patricia Misciagna, who led North for nine years.  

“From day one of summer practices, I stepped out on the field and knew that the individuals in this program were dedicated to continuing the culture that was created by Coach Misciagna,” stated Tague. “I have some big shoes to fill. However, I have the staff and program that will help continue the tradition. We have some hardworking and talented young individuals in this program from the incoming freshmen to our seniors.”