With all 11 starters returning from last year’s team that finished 14-2-3 overall, 6-1 in the Western Reserve Conference and played in a district championship game, Madison’s girls’ soccer team has the potential to make a lot of noise in the postseason this fall.
Whether or not the Blue Streaks can win the district title—or more—depends on how the Blue Streaks respond to adversity and handle the pressure on a day to day basis this season.
“With everyone back, the expectations are high for our 2018 squad,” said fifth-year coach Chad Butler. “But today doesn’t care about yesterday and your past performances guarantee no future wins.”
Butler knows his Blue Streaks have the talent to achieve their goals. He also knows that any loss of focus could keep Madison from reaching its potential.
“From top to bottom, every single player needs to do their job,” he said. “Whether it’s game night, training, or simply being there for your teammates when they’re having a rough time, at some point the success of this season will fall on every player’s shoulders. It all comes down to three simple words: do your job.”
The Blue Streaks certainly won’t be short on senior leadership with 11 Class of 2019 players on the roster.
“The class of 2019 has proven to be a special chapter in the history of (Madison High School),” Butler said. “Carrying 11 seniors this year, I have had the pleasure of watching them grow on and off the field for four years. My only hope for this season is that we can give them an ending worthy of all the hard work they’ve put into this program.”
Leading the way for the Blue Streaks on offense are two dynamic scorers in junior Mykayla Askew and senior Alyssa Caruthers, who combined to score 53 goals with 17 assists last fall.
Askew scored 33 of those goals and contributed with 11 assists on her way to earning first team All-WRC, first team All-Greater Cleveland Soccer Coaches’ Association and first team News Herald.
“(Askew) is harder on herself than any coach ever could be,” Butler said. “She accepts nothing but the best in her performances and refuses to quit until she has it.”
Caruthers punched in 20 goals with six assists. She was named second team All-GCSCA and second team All-WRC.
“Alyssa’s high school career has been a story of constant improvement,” Butler said. “It’s going to be very tempting to simply pull up a chair and enjoy watching the performances she has in store for her senior year.”
Senior Grace Terelmes, a midfielder, also has the ability to score and set up her teammates. She finished off three shots last fall and assisted on eight goals on the way to earning honorable mention All-GCSCA and All-WRC honors.
“Grace is the ultimate professional on the field, which made her the ideal candidate to lead our team as team captain,” Butler said. “She focuses on the goals of the team and won’t be deterred until we reach them.”
Defensively, the Blue Streaks will line up senior Jordan Pasalaqua in the net.
She recorded 13 shutouts and allowed just 13 goals last season to finish with a 0.74 goals allowed per game average. She was named All-GCSCA and All-WRC.
Senior defender Victoria Tromba, another All-GCSCA and All-WRC honoree, will help keep opponents from getting a clean shot at the Madison goal.
“JP is the only keeper I’ve ever seen who can get fans out of their seats cheering for her saves the way they do for our team’s goals,” Butler said of Pasalaqua. “Since her sophomore year, (Tromba) has been a part of record-setting defenses for our program. Her leadership on the line bonds the defense like no other group in the lineup as shown when all four individuals move as one without a word spoken between them.”