Two soccer captains from Bristol Eastern have been chosen as the â€śAthlete of the Weekâ€ť honorees with regards to area high school sports. They are senior forward Kailey Laprise of coach Scott Redmanâ€™s girls team and junior fullback Dante Costantiello, a member of the boys team for coach Bill Sweet.
Laprise, both a three-time all-conference and All-Press pick who received â€śAOWâ€ť recognition last year, too, is the daughter of Keith and Kimberly Laprise.
The senior forward was second on the team this fall with nine goals and seven assists, while logging 23 goals and 21 assists during her high school career.
â€śKailey has developed into a truly dynamic player for the Lancers,â€ť Redman said. â€śThis season she played the most attacking position for us and created most of our goal scoring opportunities. She is a relentless worker on and off the field. She earned the distinction of captain this year and was clearly someone all of the girls on the team looked up to.
â€śWith a 4.19 weighted GPA, she also understands the value of her education and works just as hard to keep up with the rigorous course load. Kailey will be greatly missed on the field, but equally as much off the field as a leader for the Lancers.â€ť
Laprise, who said she enjoyed her four years of soccer at the school, was pleased with her teamâ€™s improved season.
â€śWe started off slow after losing four in a row,â€ť Laprise said. â€śWe had to struggle to find players for seven spots [lost due to graduation] from last year. But each game we continued to improve and our coaches never gave up on us, so we made it to the tournament and won the division title.â€ť
She added that she loves everything about the sport.
â€śI was eight years old and I started with the Bristol Soccer Club,â€ť Laprise said. â€śA lot of my cousins played and I liked the sport. Iâ€™ve also played for AJAX.
â€śItâ€™s not just kept me in shape, but itâ€™s allowed me to meet my best friends. I think your teammates know you better than anyone else and they push you to be your best even on your bad days.â€ť
In addition to soccer, Laprise has competed in the mid-distance races for the schoolâ€™s spring track and field team. In college next year, she will study education and may play club soccer. Thus, her school career in her main sport is now completed.
â€śDefinitely, Iâ€™m going to miss it a lot,â€ť Laprise said. â€śItâ€™s been a part of my life since I was eight years old and Iâ€™m going to miss playing with my best friends and having such great coaches.â€ť
Costantiello, a two-time all-conference pick, is the son of Tracy and Vito Costantiello.
â€śDante is a great pick [as AOW], because he was a steady performer throughout the season,â€ť Sweet said. â€śHe was the guy who directed our backs and organized our defense. So many times he was the one to cut off opponents, either by making a tackle or jumping a passing lane and stealing the ball. He was called on to take most of our free kicks and scored twice while having three assists.
â€śFor the second year in a row he was named to the All-CCC South team and he served as one of our captains. He worked well with all the players, especially in drills where he was patient with the younger players and demanding with the older players. Dante is a friendly young man off the field and a fiercely competitive player in a game. His determination was a major factor in us qualifying for the CIAC Class L Tournament.â€ť
The Lancers fared well with an overall record of 8-5-3 after the previous seasonâ€™s 5-7-4 mark.
â€śWe worked more as a team this year,â€ť Costantiello said. â€śEvery game we went out with nothing to lose, because we were always the underdog. The chemistry between everyone this season was amazing.â€ť
And like Laprise, Costantiello started the sport as a youngster.
â€ś[I started] as a five year old at the Plainville Soccer Club,â€ť Costantiello said. â€śThey were the best team in the state at the time. Later, I started at the Bristol Soccer Club with Jake Woznicki, so Iâ€™ve known him for a long time. I feel like we are brothers on and off the field.
â€śSoccer is a nice way to get away from things. Itâ€™s fun to compete against other kids in other towns you know. Those are the two main things I like about soccer.â€ť
Heâ€™ll play with the Farmington Sports Arena Football Club until next fall with a goal of helping the Lancers go farther in 2019. Â
â€ś[The goal is to] make it to the second round of the [state] tournament,â€ť Costantiello said. â€śWeâ€™ll have to find spots to fill for the [graduating] seniors, I think six or seven.â€ť
It can also be a special season for another reason. With coach Sweet returning. It would be his 50th for the sport at the school.
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