Friday, February 07, 2014
For four seasons, Bree Moreau performed every role the Belchertown girls soccer team needed at the absolute highest level.
That role changed slightly going into her senior season, and for the third consecutive year Moreau was named All-League, All-Western Massachusetts, All-State and All-New England.
In addition, Moreau has been selected as the Daily Hampshire Gazette Player of the Year. She also earned the award as a sophomore in 2011.
“I feel all my seasons were fairly equal, but this year I was relied upon to score more and produce more offense,” she said. “Everybody on our team had their own role and the midfielders usually needed to get back on defense and transition into offense. I value having a solid all-around game.”
With last year’s leading scorer Natalie Caney having graduated, Moreau posted team highs with 27 goals and 41 points.
Moreau’s place in program history was further secured by becoming the first Belchertown girls player to reach the career 100-point milestone. She finished with 72 goals and 35 assists for 107 points after having just seven points as a freshman defender.
“She’s played at such a high level every year, so it’s tough to tell which was her best season,” Belchertown coach Chris Mogavero said. “Her junior and senior years at midfielder were both really strong. She became more of a finisher and a scorer. At a high school level, you can put her anywhere on the field and she’ll be the best player.”
In their first year in Division 1, the Orioles went 17-0-1 during the regular season and won the Coombs Division.
“I think this was definitely our best regular season, winning 17 and tying once,” Moreau said. “Being in Division 1 was a big deal for us, so I’ll always remember this season for that. Unfortunately, we just couldn’t finish it off in the tournament.”
Belchertown’s hopes of four straight sectional titles were ended by Pittsfield, as the three-time defending Western Massachusetts Division 2 champions lost a Division 1 semifinal 1-0.
“We were very confident going into the playoffs, and maybe a little too confident,” Moreau said. “We were stunned that we lost that game. As a senior, I definitely wanted to go all the way again. It was pretty disappointing. But I don’t think many programs have had the success we did these past four years.”
After being held scoreless in Belchertown’s season-opening win over East Longmeadow, she had at least one point in 17 of the final 19 contests and two of more 15 times.
“I was a little nervous to start the season, and then I didn’t have any points in our first game,” Moreau said. “But once I got going, I thought I was pretty consistent and our whole team played consistently well.”
Mogavero said, “The ability to move her around helped us counter what some of the other teams planned for us. We did our best to optimize her talents. She’s a really hard worker and leads by example. Her ability to get up and down the field, and effectively transition from defense to offense was a huge benefit to the team.”
On Dec. 7, Moreau travelled to Cary, N.C., to participate in the High School All-American game, which her team won 2-0.
Moreau just missed out on being named to the All-American team, as Monson’s Brooke Murphy got the nod from western Mass.
“After getting All-New England for three years, I was a little disappointed when I didn’t make All-America. Brooke’s an awesome player and she deserved it,” she said. “But playing in the All-America game was so much fun and really competitive, which I love.”
Moreau and her twin sister Brittany now turn their attention to college soccer. The tandem will likely play defense at the University of Connecticut.
“I’m going to take the confidence I built in high school and use it at the next level,” Bree Moreau said. “Back is my most natural position, where I feel most comfortable.”
Mogavero said, “Her offensive skills will certainly help her at the next level. She’ll be able to create opportunities from the back.”
Now that Moreau’s high school career is complete, Mogavero can put into perspective her place in program history.
“She’s definitely in the top three,” he said. “She had the best pure numbers and was probably the most competitive player I’ve had. But she was also on the best teams, which assisted her. But all-around, she’s probably the best I’ve coached.”
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Camilla Baronas, junior, Frontier Regional
Erin Bishop, senior, Hampshire Regional
Sage DeChiara, freshman, Amherst Regional
Alyssa Fugiel, senior, Easthampton
Meghan Ginley, senior, South Hadley
Maddie Grabowski, freshman, Easthampton
Brittany Hauschild, senior, Granby
Elizabeth Hotham, senior, Hampshire Regional
Katie Klejna, senior, Holyoke Catholic
Sage Loomis, senior, Northampton
Abby Lukasik, senior, South Hadley
Lauren McGrath, senior, Northampton
Erin Mikalchus, freshman, Granby
Tara Mikalchus, senior, Granby
Alyssa Moreau, sophomore, Gateway Regional
Breanne Moreau, senior, Belchertown
Brittany Moreau, senior, Belchertown
Michelle Nardi, senior, Hampshire Regional
Alexis Ouellette, senior, Granby
Kendall Rooney, senior, Gateway Regional
Jailinne Ruiz, junior, Hopkins Academy
Cassidy Snyder, senior, Smith Academy
Jackie Soucia, senior, Belchertown
Meghan Sullivan, junior, Granby
Bryanna Veroneau, senior, Belchertown
Jessie Walton, junior, Gateway Regional
McKenzie Wilson, junior, Smith Academy
Lauren Aldrich, junior, Hampshire Regional
Megan Bachand, junior, Granby
Becca Carkhuff, senior, Amherst Regional
Sienna Caron, sophomore, Hampshire Regional
Jillian Cavanaugh, senior, Belchertown
Liz Cavanaugh, senior, Holyoke Catholic
Mary Cook, junior, Hopkins Academy
Kate Desormier, junior, Granby
Mia Ellis, sophomore, Smith Academy
Alicia Frappier, sophomore, Granby
Tiereny George, senior, Easthampton
Lily Glading-DiLorenzo, junior, Northampton
Megan Goncalves, sophomore, Holyoke Catholic
Rachel Harrington, senior, South Hadley
Kayla Henry, freshman, Belchertown
Karley Hodge, junior, Belchertown
Lily Iglesias, senior, Gateway Regional
Rose Katz-Berger, junior, Northampton
Sarah LaClair, senior, Belchertown
Kayla Lent, senior, Gateway Regional
Hope MacDonald, junior, Hampshire Regional
Chelsea Moussette, sophomore, Hampshire Regional
Charlotte Maurer, junior, Northampton
Katelyn Nardi, junior, Easthampton
Lexi Neffinger, senior, Holyoke Catholic
Brooke Pashek, sophomore, Smith Academy
Hannah Rickert, sophomore, Smith Academy
Amanda Robinson, junior, Frontier Regional
Kelsey Shea, junior, Belchertown
Anna Soles, sophomore, Smith Academy
Jen Szafir, junior, Easthampton
Hattie Wilder-Karlstrom, junior, Amherst Regional