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September 15, 2016 - 6:00am

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In the photo above, senior Maggie Cecere is kicking in her second goal of the afternoon at Batavia High School, breaking a girls and boys soccer school record that was held since 1996 by Julie Redband Varland with 37 goals in a high school career.

Her 38th goal was recorded in the second half of the game with 14 minutes left and assisted by Junior Sophia Dinehart. Batavia won 2-0 over Honeoye Falls-Lima.

Maggie tied the school record scoring 20 minutes into the first half off a pass from senior Ali Moore. Shots on goal after the half were 9-1 Batavia.

Batavia came out a little sluggish in the second half but their defense held tough. Second-half shots were 7-5 Batavia.

Maggie's father, Assistant Coach Peter Cecere, embraced his daughter at the completion of the game along with teammates who celebrated their first home win; their record increases to 5-1. Batavia Head Coach Roger Hume is very proud of his team starting off strong and hope it continues into their next game -- away vs. Eastridge, Friday night at 7.

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July 31, 2011 - 2:03pm
posted by Daniel Crofts in batavia, sports, soccer, Girls Soccer.

When you try to put together a youth sports team here in Batavia, you're usually lucky to get more than 30 kids on board -- let alone 30 of the most most athletic kids, like in the larger districts near Buffalo and Rochester.

That's why it's all the more impressive that Batavia's U12 (under 12) soccer team won 11 out of 12 games and suffered no losses -- the exception to the winning streak being a tied game, which was played on a 92-degree evening -- during the 2011 season.

Led by Head Coach Pete Cecere, along with assistant coaches Mike Burns and Steve Moore, the team of 11- and 12-year-olds competed against several Rochester area teams, including: Penfield, Victor, Webster, Churchville-Caledonia, Livonia and Bloomfield (that was the tied game).

On Friday night, Cecere and Burns -- who, in addition to coaching the team, are also on the board of directors for Genesee Amateur Soccer Association (GASA) -- took time to answer some questions for The Batavian at Cecere's home, where the team had a pool party to celebrate their successful season.

Cecere gave a lot of credit to the girls for the effort they put into the games.

"A good core of the team played with me year-round (in preparation)," he said. "We had tremendous defense, great goalies," including Paige Hamiester, Courtney Burns and Maggie Cecere.

"Pete has taken the girls a long way," Burns said.

Up until now, U12 was more of a recreational league than anything else. Cecere, along with other GASA board members, wanted to take it up a notch.

As an assistant coach for the Batavia High School varsity team, he understood the challenge that awaited these girls as they approached the age where they would get into modified sports. Soon, they will match athletic prowess with top-notch athletes from some of the region's bigger districts, where coaches have a much larger pool of players from which to draw.

For that reason, the board wanted to take this "rec" program and make it more competitive.

"About half the girls on this team are going to be playing modified in the fall," Cecere said. "And we (the GASA board) decided that the only way they were going to get better was by swimming with the sharks."

Passionate as he was about this prospect, he was also realistic.

"I said, 'Rochester teams have 150 girls when we're beggin' to get 30, so we probably won't do very well. But the girls (our kids) will be playing now are the same girls they'll be playing in modified, and the only way they're going to be prepared is if they actually get out there and play."

To him, it was about how to make the kids better players rather than how to get more kids on the team.

So what did he and the other coaches do to guide these young ladies through this surprising streak of impressive games? Basically, the strategy involved getting them excited about the game of soccer -- including the whys and wherefores of the game's rules and mechanics.

According to Burns, "you could definitely see the spark in their eyes" as they grew in their knowledge of the game.

"One of the beauties of soccer is that it's a game that teaches itself," Cecere said. The girls were able to "learn by doing," as they say.

Cecere, for his part, made sure that there was always activity on the fields during practices.

"I'm a firm believer that there shouldn't be a lot of standing around at practice," he said. "I try to keep them moving, change up activities so they don't get bored, and be supportive. (It's important to) accentuate the positive."

And whenever he does point out any given player's mistake, he phrases it in the form of a question (for instance, "Can you tell me where you went wrong here?")

"And nine times out of 10, they know the answer."

You could say he's a tough coach. He had his girls play the tough teams, and he definitely kept them movin' during those practices. But as a coach, he is also encouraging and fun.

"He has a great rapport with the girls," Burns said. "It's fun to watch someone who can connect with them, both on a game level and on a fun level -- whether it's goofing around on the sidelines or teaching them about how the game works."

For Cecere, it's all about passion for what he does.

"There is literally nothing I like better than coaching these girls," he said.

For more information on GASA, visit www.gasabatavia.org.

Photo taken by Barbara Paserk

November 8, 2010 - 7:08pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, alexander, Girls Soccer.

 With a 1-0 win over Bloomfield the Alexander Girl's Varsity Soccer team won the 2010 Class CC Section V title Friday night.  The only goal of the game was scored in the 4th minute by Sophomore Midfielder Abby Shilvock unassisted.  Alexander had several other opportunities to make the score bigger in the first half but was unable to do so.

In the 2nd half Alexander's defense of Seniors Savannah VanSon and Amber Finan along with Sophomore Gabby Kwiatek held strong in front of Senior Goal Keeper Hannah Wilson and held the 1-0 lead.  The midfield of Seniors Claire Hartl, Tessa Bigelow, Morgan Mattice, and Autumn Atkinson along with Shilvock contributed to the team defensive effort in the 2nd half.

Wilson came up with 2 huge saves in the final 10 minutes to keep Bloomfield off the scoreboard.

Alexander had won their previous 3 sectional contests 6-0 over Avon in the 1st round, 1-0 over Bishop Kearney in the quarterfinals and 4-0 over Naples in the Semi-Final.

Alexander moves on to play Marion in the Class C State Qualifier game Tuesday the 9th at McAvoy Park in Rochester at 6pm.  The winner of that game will advance to play Holland from Section VI in the state quarterfinals which are Saturday at 2pm at GCC.

October 22, 2010 - 12:02pm
posted by Chad Flint in batavia, sports, alexander, pembroke, Girls Soccer.

 Alexander finished the regular season 13-1-2, 11-1-1 in the league with 3 wins in their final 3 games.  Alexander beat Byron-Bergen 3-1, Batavia 3-1, and Pembroke 6-1.  In those 3 wins Julia Pettys had 9 goals (3 in Bergen, 2 in Batavia, and 4 in Pembroke), Abby Shilvock had 2 (2 in Pembroke) and Claire Hartl had 1 in the Batavia game.

Alexander is currently 2nd in the Class CC sectional bracket but can move up to 1st if Bloomfield drops their final game tonight.  

Alexander won the Genesee Region Division 1 Title in the game against Byron-Bergen and finished 1 point behind Wheatland-Chili in the overall Genesee Region Points Race.

Sectionals start next Tuesday, if Alexander remains in 2nd place they will play Avon in the first round.

October 14, 2010 - 12:14pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, alexander, Girls Soccer.

 Alexander's record dropped to 10-1-2 on the season overall and 9-1-1 in the league as they dropped a 1-0 game to Attica at home Tuesday.  Despite dominating possession of the ball and only allowing 3 shots while taking 19 of their own Alexander was unable to put the ball in the Attica net and fell 1-0 thanks to a goal on a rebound off the crossbar by Attica.

Alexander's last home game is Thursday against Bergen at 4:30.  Alexander remains in 1st place in the division by 2 games with 2 games to go.  Any win or tie will give them the division title (or a loss or tie by Attica) in the final 2 games.

October 7, 2010 - 12:10pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, Oakfield, alexander, Girls Soccer.

 Alexander remains in the ranks of the unbeaten at 9-0-2 with a 2-0 win in Oakfield Wednesday night.  Alexander jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Senior Midfielder Claire Hartl put a corner kick from Senior Midfielder Autumn Atkinson 13 minutes into the game.  Alexander went up 2-0 8 minutes into the 2nd half as Junior Forward Julia Pettys finished off a pass from Senior Forward Megan Schmieder.

Senior Goal Keeper Hannah Wilson made 6 saves for her 4th shutout of the season.

Alexander moves to 9-0-2 on the season 8-0-1 in the league.  Alexander travels to Holley Saturday at 6:30 for a big division 1 game.

October 1, 2010 - 11:51am
posted by Chad Flint in sports, Girls Soccer.

 Here are the Genesee Region Standings up to this point (not everyone has played the same number of games):

Division 1:

Alexander 7-0-1 15 points

Attica 6-1 12 points

Holley 5-2 10 points

Bergen 2-5-1 5 points

Pembroke 2-5-1 5 points

Division 2

Wheatland-Chili 6-0-2 14 points

Oakfield 2-4-3 7 points

Kendall 3-3 6 points

Elba 1-4-2 4 points

ND 0-8 0 points

 

Division 1 is still up for grabs, Attica and Holley are not out of it as both still have a game against Alexander.  Division 2 is all but over as barring any major collapse by Wheatland no one can make up the ground that would be ahead of them.  Alexander and Wheatland will battle for the overall GR crown (which is actually mythical as there is no actual trophy or title).  With Division 1 and 2 having the same number of teams this year they all play an equal number of games.

What I think will be interesting is all-league.  The league appears very top heavy this year, who makes all-league will be something to take a look at at the end of the year.

Here are the state leaders:

Scoring Leaders:

Goals:

Julia Pettys (Alex) 11

Madison Dentino (Elba) 11

Abby Shilvock (Alex) 9

Erin Hale (OA) 8

Nicole Browe (Kend) 6

Assists:

Abby Shilock (Alex) 7

Megan Schmieder (Alex) 6

Jenn Vereecken (BB) 6

Kaila Browe (Kend) 5

Michayla Marchese (Pem) 5

Taylor Vanderkooi (OA) 5

Points:

Julia Pettys (Alex) 26

Abby Shilvock (Alex) 25

Madison Dentino (Elba) 24

Erin Hale (OA) 18

Goalkeeping:

GAA:

Breanna Trader (Att) .606

Hannah Wilson (Alex) .611

Kelsey Lovering (WC) .762

October 1, 2010 - 11:02am
posted by Chad Flint in sports, alexander, Girls Soccer.

Alexander has moved their record to 8-0-2 overall and 7-0-1 in the league with a 1-1 tie at home against Wheatland-Chili and a 5-0 win in Kendall (in a game that was scheduled to be at Alexander but was moved to Kendall due to the field conditions at Alexander.

Tuesday Alexander and Wheatland faced off in a battle of the top 2 teams in the Genesee Region to this point in the year.  Wheatland got ahead 13 minutes from halftime  with a goal off a corner kick and took control of the game for the final portion of the half.  In the 2nd half the momentum clearly switched to Alexander's side and they held a majority of the 40 minutes of action in the Wheatland half of the field and finally cashed in as Sophomore Midfielder Rebecca Bykowski netted her first varsity goal off an assist from Sophomore Midfielder Abby Shilvock.  The game would go to OT and Alexander would continue to dominate possession but was unable to find the net again and the game ended in a 1-1 tie.

Freshman GK Jess DeAngelo played the first 75 minutes and made 1 save, Senior GK Hannah Wilson played the final 25 and didn't have to make a save.

Thursday Alexander traveled to Kendall due to the fields at Alexander not dealing with all the rain this week and faced off against a strong Kendall squad and came away with a 5-0 win.  Junior Forward Julia Pettys scored 2 goals in the first 20 minutes of the game (both assisted by Sophomore Midfielder Abby Shilvock) to put Alexander up 2-0.  Shilvock then converted a pass from Senior Forward Megan Schmieder to make it 3-0 before halftime.  Early in the 2nd half Senior Midfielder converted a cross from Pettys to make it 4-0 and late in the game Shilvock converted a rebound of a Schmieder shot to make the final tally 5-0.

Senior GK Hannah Wilson made 2 saves (including a nice diving stop early in the game) to pick up her 8th win of the season and 3rd shutout.

Alexander's next game is against Oakfield-Alabama in Oakfield at 6:30 Wednesday the 6th of October.

September 28, 2010 - 1:08pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, elba, alexander, Girls Soccer.

 Alexander moved to 6-0 in the league and 7-0-1 overall Friday with a 3-1 win over Elba.  Goals were scored in the final 10 minutes of the 1st half by Julia Pettys (assisted by Megan Schmieder and Abby Shilvock) and Abby Shilvock (assisted by Schmieder).  In the 2nd half Schmieder converted a pass from Shilvock 4 minutes in give Alexander a 3-0 lead.  Elba would break up the shutout in the final minutes to win 3-1.  Hannah Wilson had 6 saves in the win.

Alexander plays Wheatland-Chili at 4:30 at home Tuesday.  Wheatland is 5-0-1 in the league and Alexander is 6-0.

September 1, 2009 - 5:25pm
posted by Chad Flint in sports, alexander, Girls Soccer.

Alexander has finished up their scrimmages with a trip to Newark last Saturday and hosting Holley today.  On Saturday Alexander traveled out to Newark to scrimmage Marion, Bloomfield, Naples, Newark, Pal-Mac, Gananda, and Rush Henrietta in an 8 team scrimmage.  Alexander played Marion first and scored a goal (Amber Finan from Anna Dominick) and didn't allow any in the 2 25 minute halves.  Alexander faced Pal-Mac next and in the first half Pal-Mac scored while Alexander didn't.  Then the weather turned nasty and the rest of the scrimmage had to be cancelled.  Alexander looked strong in their 2nd scrimmage of the pre-season creating many scoring chances but failing to capitalize on all but one.

Today Alexander hosted Holley in a different type of scrimmage.  The teams played 6v6 for the first 75 minutes of the scrimmage in 3 25 minute periods and then played 9v9 for the final 25.  Both teams looked very good as these two teams should be two of the strongest teams in the GR.  There were 4 returning GR All-Stars on the field with both goalies (Junior Hannah Wilson from Alexander and Junior Julie Brooks from Holley), 9th grade forward Abby Shilvock from Alexander (who was an all-star defender last season) and Midfielder Emily Troup from Holley. 

Alexander opens up the season on Friday at home against Bergen while Holley opens up next Wednesday (the 9th).

Finishing out our Alexander player bios:

Junior defender Taylor Antinore - played on the JV team last year as the sweeper will move to an outside defender this season and is expected to be a big time contributor on Alexander's back line.  One of the fastest girls in the GR during indoor and outdoor track, her speed allows her to run almost any player down if she does get beat.  An indredibly tough player both mentally and physically.

Junior Midfielder/Forward Kylie Bank - played on the JV team last season as an outside midfielder and a forward.  Has a great cross and a powerful shot and is a very experienced player.  She has seen time on the varsity field during both her 9th and 10th grade season in sectionals and will contribute some key minutes off the bench this season.  Has 54 club goals and 26 club assists in 278 club games.

Junior Defender/Midfielder Summer Bliss - played on the JV team last year as a central defender.  Will play several positions off the bench this season including central and outside defense and all 4 midfield positions as well.  A very physically strong player who is excellent out of the air and has the ability to get forward.  A very strong player on set pieces and had 2 goals on corner kicks this summer on the 16 and under team.  Has 214 club games primarily as a defender.

Junior Forward/Midfielder Megan Schmieder - played on the JV team last year primarily as a forward.  A great ball handling forward who has excellent touch on her shots from distance.  A very strong passer and above average out of the air.  Is expected to contribute some important minutes up front and in the midfield this year.  Has 76 club goals and 34 club assists in 377 club games.

Sophomore Midfielder/Forward Julia Pettys - spent most of the season on the varsity team last season where she had 2 goals and 4 assists primarily as a forward.  Will play both outside mid and forward this year.  Is an incredibly fast player who can handle the ball, distribute the ball, and is one of the better finishers in and around the net on the team.  Despite her size she is very good out of the air and is a very physical defender.  She has 102 goals and 21 assists in 221 club games.

Freshman Midfielder/Forward (and defender) Abby Shilvock - was a starter on Alexander's defense last year as an 8th grader and earned all-league honors in that position.  Is a great ball handler, strong finisher, and has great touch on her short passes.  Strong with both of her feet and has begun to step up her physical play and play out of the air.  Has the ability to play several different postions including an outside defender, outside midfield, and forward.  Has the potential to be an all-league player at all 3 positions as well.  She has 66 goals and 9 assists in 92 club games (she played for Holley Soccer Club this summer).

Freshman Defender Gabby Kwiatek - started every game but one last season as an 8th grade defender and is a physical presence on the field as well as being one of Alexander's best 1v1 defenders.  Strong out of the air, can play the ball with both feet, has great touch on her short passes, and is a very hard worker during games.  Played on 3 teams this summer (U14 girls, U14 boys, and Women's team) and has improved a great deal.  Has the potential to be a great shut down defender in the very near future.  Has played 139 club games primarily as a defender.

Thats the varsity team, I will profile a few JVs that will see some varsity action before our first game.

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