The growth of the Brien McMahon girls soccer program the past three years has been due to an influx of good young talent, led by forward Peyton McNamara, who started her first game as a freshman.
By the end of that first year McNamara had finished with 12 goals and six assists and had given a verbal commitment to Ohio State. The Senators finished 7-8-1 that season and won a first round state tournament game.
McMahon has improved with each season, and McNamara, now a senior, is hoping with a veteran lineup this will be the team’s best year yet.
TRR: Because you started your first game as a freshman it seems like you have been at McMahon for five or six years. Does it feel that way to you?
PM: Actually it just feels like yesterday I was starting at McMahon. It’s funny, high school went by so fast.
TRR: The team has been the seventh seed in the FCIAC Tournament the last two years and qualified for the state playoffs the past three. Do you feel like a foundation for sustainable success has been set?
PM: Yes. I think making it as the seventh seed and into the state tournament was a great start to our foundation and it has also given us more confidence to say Oh, we can do this. For the next couple of years it gives the girls who were previously looking at the program as not being that great a big confidence booster.
TRR: Do you get a sense that opposing teams have more respect now for McMahon than when you first arrived?
PM: Oh yeah, 100 percent. When we were going in there were not a lot of supporters for girls soccer at McMahon, but as the years have gone by and they’ve seen we’re one of the better sports at our school they have really come out and supported us. They always say we have to make it out to the girls soccer games, they are really good and worth watching.
TRR: Despite the regular season success the team has not won a postseason game the past two years. With so many players coming back how good can the team be this year?
PM: I think the team can easily get there as one of the top FCIAC teams. We definitely in the postseason have limited ourselves and we haven’t really been able to play at our absolute best, but this year we plan on not stopping. We really want to make it, especially it is my last year and also for a lot of the other girls on varsity. We want to take this year very seriously and make it as far as we can.
TRR. What is the non-soccer activity you have done most this summer?
PM: Ooh, non-soccer activity. I don’t know. I’ve been coaching at a bunch of camps so everything I do revolves around soccer. I go swimming a lot down by the local beaches in Rowayton and Norwalk.