MONROE, CT — Masuk High’s girls soccer team has a new leader as Kate Pellegrino takes over head coaching duties this fall.
Pellegrino, a former FUSA team coach, also works for CT Rush and her coaching background includes time at Bard College as an assistant. Pellegrino has a U.S. Soccer C License. She played at Regis University in Denver and earned her Master’s Degree at Sacred Heart University.
“Very exciting,” Pellegrino said of her role with the Panthers. “I think this program is something special. I’m excited to see how this group does.”
Captains are goalkeeper Elissa Campos, midfielders Grace Sheehan and Karina Morales, and defender Alyssa Iannucci.
Masuk possesses strength across the board. “They have everything,” said Pellegrino, noting that players with powerful shots up front can finish and that the defensive unit is very well connected.
It remains to be seen how the Panthers will do against South-West Conference competition, but Pellegrino is optimistic due to a contingent of solid returning players and some impressive underclassmen/newcomers.
“I do think we’re in the top of the bracket right now. I think we’re one of the teams to beat,” the coach said.
The Panthers get going on Thursday, Sept. 8 when Bethel visits at 4 p.m. The out-of-conference schedule includes the FCIAC’s Fairfield Ludlowe Falcons who come to town Saturday, Sept. 10, for an 11 a.m. start.