SPORTS: Senior Passaro Shines On Soccer Field

(Photo courtesy Cathy Rice)

By Kiana Walker – Staff Reporter

Jonathan Law girls soccer senior captain Kristen Passaro capped a stellar final season by making the All-SCC Housatonic team for the first time.

Passaro is a four-year varsity starter for the Lawmen. She is a key player on the team’s defense and plays for the majority of the game.

“Anytime the ball goes back there I’m always confident in Kristen to get it out,” senior captain Bethany Edwards said.

Passaro’s coach and teammates said that she was a major contributor to the Law girls soccer team’s success this year in making the state tournament.

“When Kristen is at her best, very few teams scored on us this year,” head coach Mr. Rhode said.

Passaro faced major hardships in the middle of her career when she tore her ACL, but she battled back and tried to be there as much as she could to support her team.

“When I was injured I still came to every game and practices that I could to support my teammates even though I couldn’t play,” Passaro said.

Passaro has made an impact on Law’s younger players.

“Kristen taught me how to be more confident, and to brush off your mistakes and come back ten times harder the next time,” freshman Ciana Lopes said.

Passaro learned from her teammates as well.

“The past four years taught me to always work hard as a team player because in the end it’s a team effort,” Passaro said.

The many life-long friends that Passaro has made during her career believe that she is one of the major reasons for the team’s success.

“Kristen has been a leader all four years because of her dedication,” senior Cassidy White said. “She has never given up and also has given it her all in every practice and game.”

Passaro’s teammates weren’t surprised by her achievements.

“She deserved this award more than anyone and I’m honored to have been co-captain with her,” said senior co-captain Colleen Rice.

Passaro has been co-captain for the past two soccer seasons.

“This year, her leadership has been crucial for our team’s success,” Rhode said.

Passaro believes that the Lawmen will thrive in years to come and looks forward to hearing about their success.

“I’m really going to miss my team, but I know they will go on to do great things,” Passaro said.

As the season comes to a close, Passaro leaves behind a legacy that will influence younger players to work just as hard as she has.

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