Cara Easter of John Stark: Girls Soccer Player of the Season

  • John Stark’s Cara Easter (19) helped lead the Generals to a state title in 2016, and this past season she guided her team to the quarterfinals. She was named to the Division-II First Team and received All-New England honors by the United Soccer Coaches association. ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff

  • John Stark’s Cara Easter (19) settles the ball during Friday’s 1-0 win over Hanover at John Stark Regional High School, Sept. 23, 2106. (ELIZABETH FRANTZ / Monitor staff) Elizabeth Frantz—Monitor staff

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Published: 12/15/2017 10:07:20 AM

Other teams tried stopping Cara Easter by man-marking or with double teams, but those strategies barely slowed down the senior captain of the John Stark girls’ soccer team.

“She just moved faster and distributed quicker, which set other players up,” Stark coach Chris Pike said. “We put 49 goals in, but it was from 12 different players, so that showed how well she could help set up stuff. It’s just her ability to actually see the field and change the way things are going, and then the moment she gets given a space, she can fire off a shot. And even if they’ve got people on her she’s got the composure and the skill to take on multiple players and still fire off a shot. She’s a dangerous player all the time and I think she showed that throughout the entire the season.”

Easter, a midfielder, played a key role when the Generals won the Division II title in 2016 and this season she was named to the D-II First Team and was an All-New England pick by the United Soccer Coaches association after leading Stark to an 11-5-2 record and a spot in the quarterfinals.

Easter was also selected to play on the East Team in the High School All-American game in Orlando, Fla., on Dec. 2.

She played out of position as a defender and her team lost, but Easter still had a great time in Florida.

“It was a really cool experience to play with the other girls, such great talent,” Easter said. “It was definitely harder to keep up with them. It was a different kind of speed than I’m used to, but it was good because I think college is going to be faster than what I’m used to, too.”

Easter received athletic and academic scholarships to play at Southern New Hampshire University, fulfilling a longtime dream of playing college soccer. The Penmen will likely deploy her as a defensive midfielder, which makes sense given her ability to see the field and anticipate.

“She got such a sense of the game that she can see something building and get in the way of it as it’s happening,” Pike said. “So she’s preventing them from doing what they want to do because she can see it happening as it’s going on rather than having to react to what they’ve done.”

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