Soccer - Girls
2013 Varsity Record: 7-5-4
The Simsbury High School girls' soccer program consists of varsity, junior varsity, and freshmen teams. Coached by Jim Bayer (bio below), the team competes during the fall season in the Central Connecticut Conference West Division as well as the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference.
Athlete in the Spotlight:
Name: Kelly MacAlpine
The spotlight this week is on Kelly MacAlpine, who is one of four senior captains. Kelly plays center defense and is a fierce competitor in the back for us this year. Kelly received a "shiner” as a result of contact during the Northwest game last Friday, which typifies how Kelly plays for her team.
2013 Varsity Schedule
2013 JV Schedule
2013 Freshmen Schedule
Direct link to 10/21 Senior night game
Direct link to 9/10 game
Direct link to 9/7 game
CIAC Tournament games:
We entered the tournament as a 21st seed and faced 12th seed Darien in our first round game at their place. We played extremely well coming away with a convincing 2-0 win. This was the SHS Girls Soccer Programs first tournament win since the 2008 season and a great accomplishment.
Our second round game was vs. Northwest Catholic, the number 5 seed in the tournament. The game started out well as our team controlled the first 15 minutes and pressured Northwest deep in their end. We missed a couple of chances and then Northwest countered and got a breakaway and scored to go up 1-0. The goal shifted momentum and we trailed 2-0 at the half. Our team came out again to start the second half playing well but could not get that first goal. With 20 minutes left the referee called a foul in the penalty box and Northwest made the penalty kick. The final score was a disappointing 4-0.
Congratulatons to the Girls Varsity Soccer Team on a very good season.
Regular Season games:
Southington - Tuesday 9/24 @ home
The game ended in a 0-0 tie. Simsbury outshot Southington 22-4 and had I thought we had a decided advantage in possession but could not find the back of the net. We are playing good team defense and possessing the ball enough to win these games but we need to start capitalizing on the opportunities we create. This was our third overtime game in the last four games.
Northwest Catholic - Friday 9/21 @ home
A 1-1 tie that was exciting to watch. Northwest entered the game with a 43 game unbeaten streak but our girls were not the least be intimidated. Maggie Grigely got us off to a fast start with a goal 1 minute 36 seconds into the game. Both teams had numerous chances to score - we hit the post and a cross bar and one of their defenders saved a shot that was right on the goal line. Northwest also created some very good chances but our defense held. It was a good confidence builder for our team.
This completes a very competitive and demanding week for our team with three games including Hall and Northwest with neither team having lost a game this season. We took both games to overtime which is a very good sign for the team that we can play with anyone.
New Britain – Wednesday 9/19 @ New Britain
The game was a good opportunity to work on our scoring and the girls played well. Leading the team was Ari Keigan with 3 goals – nice job Ari! Sydney Shugdinis and Ellen Ransley also added two goals each and sophomores Melissa Stumper and Morgan Ryan one each.
Hall – Monday 9/17 @ Hall
We played a very solid game vs. Hall at their place which is always a tough game. The game was 0-0 at the half and Hall score frist in the second half but we responded with a goal by Morgan Ryan to tie the game at 1-1 and send it into overtime. During the overtime Hall scored to win the game 2-1 but as a team we took away that we played well enough to deserve another outcome and will be ready when we face them again at home in October.
Jim Bayer - Head Coach
Coach Bayer is the head coach with the Simsbury High School girls’ program and has been involved in coaching the team since 2007. Coach Bayer started as an assistant coach for the varsity team and then served as the coach of the junior varsity team for five years.
Coach Bayer is a graduate of Byram Hills High School (Armonk, NY) and attended S.U.N.Y.at Oswego where he earned a BS in Business Administration. He played on the men’s’ varsity soccer team all four years. Coach Bayer has a USSF youth national coaching license.
Coach Bayer and his wife Debbie have lived in Simsbury and raised their three children here since 1983.
Doug Slater - JV Coach
Coach Slater is a special education teacher at Simsbury H.S. and currently lives in West Hartford. A '99 graduate of F.D Roosevelt H.S. in Hyde Park NY, Coach Slater also served in the U.S. Navy from 1999-2003. He graduated with a BA in History from Colby-Sawyer College in 2007, and was selected all conference in his senior year as a central defender for the Chargers. Since moving to West Hartford in 2008, Coach Slater has earned an MS in special education from Central Connecticut State University and continues to play soccer on various club teams.
Kristina O'Brien - Freshmen Coach
Coach O'Brien, a math teacher at Simsbury High School, has been the girls’ freshmen soccer coach since 2008. Prior to SHS, Coach O'Brien taught at Fairfield Warde High School for 3 years where she coached the girls' freshmen softball team in '05 and '06 and the junior varsity softball team in '07.
Coach O'Brien graduated from St. Mary High School (Westfield, MA) in 1999. She was a 4-year member of the varsity soccer team that won three Western Mass titles. Kristina continues to play soccer as an adult in a Sunday morning soccer league in the fall and spring.
In addition to soccer, Coach O'Brien also enjoys running and has participated in many 5k’s, 10k’s and half-marathons.
2013 Girls' Varsity Soccer Roster
Hayley Aubin, '14
Callie Bredice, '16
Sara Candito, '14
Kalyn Denalsky, '15
Maggie Grigely, '15
Megan Hanshaw, '14
Kaleigh Heffernan, '15
Carly Heintz, '15
Rhyan Jadovich, '16
Ari Keigan, '14
Nikki Kowalski, '15
Lauren Law, '16
Kelly McAlpine, '14
Caroline Murphy, '14
Sara Naughton, '15
Ellen Ransley, '15
Morgan Ryan, '16
Kaity Shepard, '15
Sydney Shugdinis, '14
Mellissa Stumper, '16
Dani Sullivan, '15
Katherine Zwick, '15
2013 Girls' Junior Varsity Soccer Roster
2013 Girls' Freshman Soccer Roster
Fall 2013 Tryout Information