As the ship sets sail on another season for the East Bridgewater High girl's soccer team, junior captain Rachel Blauner is leading the Vikings on what they hope will be a deep playoff voyage.
Blauner has been honing her skills with the Massachusetts Olympic Development program for the last five years and was recently selected to the Region 1 squad, which will play in Florida and Brazil over the coming year. She has also been starting for the Vikings since her freshman year.
This experience has allowed coach Pam Ross to be flexible with her young lineup.
"Depending on our match up, we can play Rachel at center-forward or center-mid," said Ross. "But she is skilled enough to just roam around the field as we look to get her the ball."
Blauner made good on her coach's sentiment as she notched her second hat trick of the week Thursday in helping the Vikings to an 8-0 win over Carver, improving East Bridgewater's record to 2-1 on the season. She has already scored seven goals and has three helpers on the young season.
After last season's 13-4 mark, the team is hopeful that they can go a long way this season and Blauner will certainly be a factor.
"It's a long season and there is a tough road ahead of us," Ross said. "We have to play the likes of Norwell, Cardinal Spellman and Hanover. But we are gelling and we are confident that we can get over the second place hump this season."
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