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Banner Planners: Windsor Girls Soccer Targeting a First Title

  • Emily Williams, right, passes the ball to Maddy Morse, left, while warming up for Windsor High School soccer practice Friday, August 23, 2013. <br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

    Emily Williams, right, passes the ball to Maddy Morse, left, while warming up for Windsor High School soccer practice Friday, August 23, 2013.
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  • A young Windsor girls' soccer team is anchored this year by sophomore Maddy Morse, left, and junior Maryann Orogi front middle, on offense and senior Elizabeth McCabe, right, on defense Friday, August 23, 2013. Emily Williams is at back middle. <br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

    A young Windsor girls' soccer team is anchored this year by sophomore Maddy Morse, left, and junior Maryann Orogi front middle, on offense and senior Elizabeth McCabe, right, on defense Friday, August 23, 2013. Emily Williams is at back middle.
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  • Windsor junior Maryann Orogi, right, warms up with senior Elizabeth McCabe, left, during soccer practice in Windsor Friday, August 23, 2013. <br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

    Windsor junior Maryann Orogi, right, warms up with senior Elizabeth McCabe, left, during soccer practice in Windsor Friday, August 23, 2013.
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  • Emily Williams, right, passes the ball to Maddy Morse, left, while warming up for Windsor High School soccer practice Friday, August 23, 2013. <br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com
  • A young Windsor girls' soccer team is anchored this year by sophomore Maddy Morse, left, and junior Maryann Orogi front middle, on offense and senior Elizabeth McCabe, right, on defense Friday, August 23, 2013. Emily Williams is at back middle. <br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com
  • Windsor junior Maryann Orogi, right, warms up with senior Elizabeth McCabe, left, during soccer practice in Windsor Friday, August 23, 2013. <br/>Valley News - James M. Patterson<br/>jpatterson@vnews.com<br/>photo@vnews.com

Windsor — The walls in the Windsor High School gymnasium are covered with championship banners. While this news may not be startling, it has significant meaning because the school has such a small enrollment — around 210 students in grades 9-12 this fall — yet has enjoyed large successes.

It’s a situation that is hard to explain. How could a Windsor boys basketball team beat a huge Nashua (N.H.) High School in the New England basketball tournament way back when? How could its football program reach the finals five years in a row? The baseball team has won Division I championships, and its field hockey teams under Sandy Clary are legendary, having won four titles, the latest in 2009. Girls basketball teams have won titles three times since 2007, and the boys won a state title in 2008 after losing in the championship game in 2007.

However, one of the sports missing from list of champions is girls soccer. Although the Yellowjackets reached the finals in 2003, there is no championship banner for girls soccer on the wall at the Windsor gym. While it may be a stretch to think that the 2013 team has a chance to mount one of those banners, the program has been making big strides in recent seasons.

After winning just three games total in 2009 and 2010, the Jacks rebounded for a 10-4-1 mark in ‘11, falling in a first-round tournament upset. Last year’s Windsor squad was respectable, floating around the .500 mark before settling in at 5-7-2 in a year that included three shutout losses and a 4-2 defeat at Richford in the first round of the VPA Division III tourney.

The continued improvement in the program has led to hopes that the Jacks are on a roll.

“I do know one thing: The future looks bright,” said Windsor coach Bruce Mackay.

Three of the reasons that Mackay thinks the light at the end of the tunnel is not an oncoming train is a trio of girls — Madeline Morse, Maryam Orogi and Elizabeth McCabe — who were all instrumental in the success of last year’s team.

Morse was the team’s leading scorer with six goals and 10 assists, while Orogi had 11 goals and one assist. A lanky, quick defender, McCabe is expected to anchor the Jacks’ defense this season.

“We have a lot of dedicated players who not only work hard in practice, but stay around after practice to improve our skills,” said Morse. “I think this going to be a strong scoring team. I’d like to see us going to the finals.”

Not all the news from preseason is encouraging. Lindsey Clark, last year’s starting goalkeeper, will be playing her soccer in Lebanon this fall. “That means whomever we have in goal will be inexperienced,” said Mackay.

“We’ll just have to be extra careful to see if we can keep the pressure off our goalies,” said McCabe. “I think we’ll do that. We are a very together team.”

While Clark will not be around, Windsor will also have a new player from another school on the field this season in Emily Williams, who played at Green Mountain last year. “She has really surprised me,” said Mackay.

Last year’s tournament defeat still weighs heavy on Orogi’s mind. “We don’t want to lose like that again,” she said. “We have some older players, and the younger ones are watching us and are developing real well. Some of them stay after practice and watch us older players. We are all getting along real well.”

Windsor opens its season on Sept. 5 at MacLeay-Royce Field against Hartford.