Roy-Hart soccer teams both set their sights on N-O League title three-peats

By Mike Wertman, Sports Writer Posted 23 August 2022 at 10:42 am

Photos by Cheryl Wertman – Getting set to lead Roy-Hart into the defense of its Niagara-Orleans League girls soccer title is this large group of veterans. In front are Allie Trombley, Alexis Seib, Kaitlyn Mettler, Maddie Dineiri and Kaylie Churchill. In back are Grace Trombley, Amelia Konstanty, Grace Parker, Nadia White, Sophia Santella, Ada Livergood, Hanna Giroux and Sophea Allee.

Boasting strong contingents of veterans both the Roy-Hart boys and girls soccer teams are setting their sights on capturing a third straight Niagara-Orleans League championship this season.

The Roy-Hart girls went 7-1 and the boys 9-1 last fall to claim the N-O crown for the second year in a row.

The Lady Rams title quest is led by a large group of 13 veterans including seniors Nadia White, Amelia Konstanty, Grace Parker, Ada Livergood, Grace Trombley, Hanna Giroux and Alexis Seib along with juniors Maddie Dineiri and Sophia Santella, sophomores Kaitlyn Mettler and Allie Trombley and freshmen Kaylie Churchill and Sophea Allee.

Midfielders White (6 goals, 7 assists) and Mettler (8 goals, 13 assists) and Konstanty, a defender, all earned first team N-O All-League honors while Parker, a defender, was a second team honoree and Trombley, a midfielder, an Honorable Mention pick.

The Lady Rams main graduation losses were forward Kara Choate, who scored 38 goals and earned N-O Player of the Year honors, along with goalie Reanna Perkins and defender Brooke Livergood who were second team honorees and midfielder Ava Owens who was an Honorable Mention selection.

“We’ve got quite a few returners. The girls are looking forward to the season and we’re hoping to build on the success we’ve had,” said Coach Rich Jennings. “We did lose some key players but we have the girls who can do it. We’re looking to have a more balanced attack this season.”

The Lady Rams will open defense of their N-O title at home on September 7 against Akron.

Anchoring the lineup for the defending N-O champion Roy-Hart boys soccer team is this contingent of veterans. In front are Ethan Kuzma, Caleb Verratti, Brayden Hy and Tyler Stewart. In back are Aiden Guild, Andrew Waters, Rem Albee, Quinn Brown, Peter Martillotta, Landen Guild, Zack Walker and Jayden Swygert.

The Roy-Hart boys squad is likewise anchored by a sizeable group of 12 veterans including seniors Peter Martillotta (midfield), Aiden Guild (midfield), Quinn Brown (midfield), Tyler Stewart (midfield), Zack Walker (goalie) and Andrew Waters (defender) along juniors Rem Albee (midfield), Landen Guild (midfield), Ethan Kuzma (defender), Caleb Verratti (defender), Brayden Hy (defender)and Jayden Swygert (midfield).

Martillotta, who was named N-O Player of the Year, had 21 goals and 10 assists and Aiden Guild were both first team All-League selections and Landen Guild was an Honorable Mention pick.

The Rams graduation losses included first team N-O All-League honorees Elijah Giroux, a midfielder, (10 goals) and Trent Choate, a forward, (8 goals) along with second team selection Christian Lates, a defender, and Honorable Mention picks, Zach Livergood (defender) and Brandin Masters (midfield).

“We’ve got a large group of starters back and experience is always helpful. We’ll lean on them,” said Coach Greg Martillotta. “It’s a good, hard working group and we’re excited about the season.”

The Rams will begin defense of their N-O title at Akron on September 9.