KENDALL – When you have the type of success that Kendall’s girls football coach Pam Barchet and her Lady Eagles have had in recent years – finishing 8-6-1 in 2020 would be considered an average season.
That’s because the previous two years Barchet had set the bar high with 15-plus winning seasons that included a section title in 2018 and also a NYS crown, the first in the program’s history.
Kendall finished 2018-19 with 31 wins, including several in the powerful Genesee region against fierce competition.
While most programs would be delighted to finish above .500, Kendall was not as Barchet guided the Lady Eagles to an impressive 119-31-4 record during his tenure.
Kendall had some bad luck a year ago losing five of his six games by a single goal, including his 1-0 loss at the end of the season to Byron-Bergen in the sections.
While the loss of top scorer Brianna Wakefield’s degree (nine goals) will most certainly hurt, Kendall sacks many holders of their NYS title squad, including now senior T’Mia Kitchings (Midfield), Julie Coble (Defense ), Grace Robinson (Defense), Kailie Regan (GK), Alezya Brown (Forward) and Grace Levett (Midfielder).
Senior Kiersten Rodas (Def / Mid) also returns this fall.
Second-year middie Megan Gates is the returning top scorer as she hit the back of the net five times in 2020.
Some of the best newcomers to watch out for include first-year forward Ava Quiternn.
âIt’s an exciting year for Kendall’s women’s soccer,â said coach Barchet. âThis core group of seniors have played together for the past four years since their 2018 State Championship season. We know the Genesee region is very strong and we are optimistic that we can avenge some of the tight losses from last year. We are all looking forward to a competitive season and we are incredibly grateful for the opportunity to return to the field. “
Kendall opens the season Sept. 7 at Holley.
They then welcome Class B Newark on September 10
Head coach Peter Leicht returns to the race tracks for his 24th year as an Eagles guide.
Her boys finished 11-5 in 2020 while the girls also had over .500 finishing 8-6 overall.
The boys’ team finds Braxton Zarpentine, a senior, two-time GR star, in the lead.
Junior Owen Hirschman, who will be competing for his third year in college, is also back, along with senior Dutch Steffen and second Ben Brundage, who are returning for their second season.
Top newcomer Bruce Rasmusson, a junior, has gone from soccer this year to running.
The girls will be led by Emma Allen, a senior, triple R star.
Two-star GR sophomore Hannah Brundage is also back as senior Libby Snyder begins her third year at college with rookie Inez Stangler racing for the second time at college.
Top newcomer Kiersten Rodas has also left soccer to run this fall.
“Our men’s team has had a lot of comeback from last year – Braxton Zarpentine has been named All League for the past two seasons, and Owen Hirschman has been on his heels for much of that time,” the coach said. Leicht. âBen Brundage has had a fantastic summer and is looking to compete for the top spot on the team. Senior Dutch Steffen returns for a second year and promises to be very competitive. Bruce Rasmusson is a fantastic athlete who has left football and is looking to make an immediate impact on the team. The other turners are Alex King (10th) and Rowan Mancarella (12th). The other new arrivals are Seth Bidwell and Owen Shaw. Our women’s team returns their top two runners, Hanna Brundage and Emma Allen. Other ghosts include Inez Stangler and Libby Snyder. The lineup is enhanced by newcomers Kiersten Rodas and Paige Beers.