Girls Soccer

Philosophy

The Hotchkiss Girls Soccer program focuses on all that it means to be part of a team that supports each other on and off the field, of belonging to the family of women who have played before them and even those yet to come. Hotchkiss girls soccer players realize they are a part of something far greater than themselves; they know that in wearing the blue and white they have the privilege to represent their school and each other with pride, sportsmanship, and inclusivity on a team where each member of the team is valued and essential.

In both the Founders and Western New England leagues, Hotchkiss teams are known for their smart, gritty and determined play. While the teams strive each year for more wins than losses, and at the varsity level for a spot in the New England tournament, we value most the relationships we build and the opportunity to play our possession style game with class and skill.

Most of our girls are multi-sport athletes, a model we believe enhances their play on all of their teams, causes less stress on the health of their bodies, and provides them with a wide range of perspectives and people.

-- Christy Cooper, Head Coach, Girls Varsity Soccer

Highlights

In the early days of our girls soccer program, Hotchkiss teams were a powerhouse, contending for and often winning the New England Championship title. As the strength and parity of the league has grown, finding our way to the tournament is a challenge we strive to achieve each year. We have qualified for the New England tournament in three of the last five years, reaching the semifinals in 2017, and will continue to work each year for the privilege to play in the postseason.

Facilities

We play on a newly refurbished grass field, one of the most beautiful natural surfaces in all of New England. It is set in a natural bowl surrounded by woodland, a space that also offers smaller adjacent fields for small-sided games and grid work. Aesthetic breaks are a unique part of our practice days, as the beauty of our setting offers up breathtaking skies, and colorful, ever-changing landscapes throughout our season. We also have access to both indoor and outdoor turf, and generally play at least one night game a year under the lights. On our warmer days we take advantage of the deepest lake in Connecticut, Lake Wononscopomuc, and can also avail ourselves both before and after school of our state-of-the-art fitness center at the Forrest E Mars, Jr. Athletic Center.

Coaching Staff

 

Head Coach Christy Cooper
Phone: 860-435-3189
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Biography:
Coach Cooper joined the Hotchkiss faculty in the fall of 1988, having previously taught in public schools in New York and New Hampshire and at TASIS-England. She has served as the head coach of girls varsity soccer since 1999 after many years as assistant to legendary coach and English teacher Geoff Marchant. During her time at Hotchkiss, she has also coached girls varsity and JV hockey and girls varsity softball. Coach Cooper earned her BA in English and Sociology from St. Lawrence University and her MA in English from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College. She and her husband John, an instructor in math, currently live off-campus and enjoy being a part of the residential program through the Main Building team.

 

 

Assistant Coach Molly Nickerson
Phone: 860-435-3611
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Assistant Coach Diego Ardura
Phone: 860-435-3723
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Notable Alumnae

Beth Battin '05 -- Bowdoin
Caroline Kirkendoll '05 -- Middlebury
Lauren Walker '05 -- Swathmore
Sammy Nick '06 -- NYU
Sarah Krause '06 -- Wheaton
Faith Spencer '08 -- Sewanee
Danielle Durocher '09 -- St. Lawrence
Grace Dickinson '10 -- Colby
Piper Brighton '11 -- Richmond
Shonte Campbell '11 -- Wofford
Kaylen Van Wagner '13 -- Potsdam
Danielle Henry '14 -- Columbia
Chamberlain Mathis '16 -- Harvard
Julia Mulhern '17 -- St. Lawrence

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Prospective Athletes

Interested in playing for Hotchkiss? Our coaches would love to hear from you.

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