"Everybody's terrified of [head coach Tara] Madigan at first, but once we mature in the program, we gain an appreciation for what she means to us.
, once a soccer star for River Dell, where she
has been honored in its hall of fame, has put together a juggernaut in Allendale
"Behind the scenes, our team dealt with a lot of obstacles and challenges this season," Madigan
said Sunday, prior to the team banquet.
ruminated over the just-completed season, she
said, "As I sat down to write my speech for our banquet, I came across a quote that I felt summarized this year's team: 'Life is full of setbacks and rejection.
"Claire was a player we relied on if and when changes needed to be made," Madigan
But once they report to Madigan
and once they overcome their initial fears, the young girls play like veterans as the coach shapes them into a unit.
"She's so athletic and has that determination to be that player who's going to put the ball in the back of the net," Northern Highlands coach Tara Madigan said of Shea.
That's how highly I think of her
as a player and person," Madigan