Girls’ Soccer


The philosophy of the Gould Girls’ Soccer Program is simple: “Play Hard and Have Fun!”  This mindset, when practiced by talented players under the leadership of knowledgeable coaches, has led to the development of excellent student-athletes who love the game.

The Gould Girls’ Soccer team is one of the most successful boarding school programs in New England.  The past five years have marked a period of unprecedented success for Gould, with four MAISAD League Championships and three trips to the NEPSAC Girls’ Soccer Tournament.

Along with the team’s success, individual players have also excelled.  2016 Co-Captain, Hayli Poisson ‘17, was recognized with a National Soccer Coaches Association of America Senior Excellence Award.  2017 Co-Captains, Cassie Lieblein ‘18 and Milly Detels ‘18, were selected to play in the NEPSAC Class C/D Junior All-Star Game.  Cassie was also recognized by the Boston Globe as a 2016 NEPSAC Soccer All-Star.  In addition, Gould had four players (Hayli Poisson ‘17, Priscila Berdeja ‘17, Cassie Lieblein ‘18, and Taylor Mull ‘20) named to the MAISAD All-League Team.

GIRLS’ SOCCER SCHEDULE     |     Only Varsity       Only Junior Varsity

GIRLS’ VARSITY SOCCER – Fall 2018 Schedule*

Sat 9/15: @ Vermont Academy @ 4pm – 3-1 (Vermont Academy)
Weds 9/19: @ White Mountain School @ 3pm – 6-0 (Gould)
Sat 9/22: Tilton @ Gould @ 330pm – 3-1 (Gould)
CANCELED – Weds 9/26: Brewster @ Gould @ 330pm
Sat 9/29: Hebron @ Gould 2pm 3-0 (Gould)
Weds 10/3: Kents Hill @ Gould @ 3pm 2-0 (Gould)
MAKE-UP: Friday 10/5: Brewster @ Gould @ 4pm 2-5 (Brewster)
Sat 10/6: @ Hebron @ 230pm  3-1 (Gould)
Weds 10/10 Gould @ Kent’s Hill @ 3:00PM 3-0 (Gould)
Sat 10/13: Hyde @ Gould @ 430pm 7-1 (Gould)
Thurs Nov 1: Gould @ Hyde @ 3pm
Sat 11/3: @ Proctor @ 3pm
Weds 11/7: MAISAD Semi
Sat 11/10: MAISAD Final
Weds 11/14: NEPSAC Quarterfinal – Time and Location TBD
Sat 11/17: NEPSAC Semifinal – Time and Location TBD
Sun 11/18 – NEPSAC Final – Time and Location TBD

GIRLS’ JUNIOR VARSITY – Fall 2018 Schedule*

CANCELED – No Kent’s Hill team -Weds 9/19: Kents Hill @ Gould @ 4pm
Weds 9/26: @ Hebron @ 230pm 3-2 (Gould)
Sat 9/29: @ Holderness @ 330pm
Weds 10/3: Hyde @ Gould @ 430pm 4-0 (Gould)
Fri 10/12: Hebron @ Gould @ 5pm 2-1 (Gould)
Sat 10/20: @ Hyde @ 3pm 6-1 (Gould)
Weds 10/24: Hebron @ Gould @ 230pm 1-0 (Gould)
Sat 10/27: @ Brewster @ 4pm – CANCELED
Weds 10/31: MAISAD Semi
Fri 11/2: MAISAD Final

*Please visit our Gould Athletics Facebook page for quick news updates regarding any last minute schedule changes!

Coaching Staff

Thomas Whittington

Dean of Academics
Science Teacher
B.A. Dartmouth College
M.A. Stanford University
Girls’ Varsity Soccer Head Coach


Mr. Whittington has over 30 years’ experience in boarding schools, where he has served as an administrator, science teacher, and coach. “I understand that adolescence is a time of profound developmental change and I am dedicated to helping students learn to use their minds well, as they develop an understanding of who they are and who they may become.” As Dean of Academics and a science teacher, Mr. Whittington cares greatly about the environment and is passionate about helping his students find ways to appreciate and preserve the natural habitat and the resources upon which we all depend. A varsity soccer player at Dartmouth College, he remains a dedicated fan of both the sport and those who participate.

Savannah Sessions

Teaching Librarian – History
B.A. Smith College
Girls’ Varsity Soccer Coach


Ms. Sessions grew up in the nearby town of Norway, Maine. After graduating from Smith, she dabbled in jobs ranging from dairy farming to banking, but found her true vocation working with adolescents (turns out…dairy farming and banking are actually not irrelevant to working at Gould!). Ms. Sessions started her tenure in the College Counseling Center and later transitioned to teaching history. She now spends her class days in the library or in the classroom with her ninth grade students. After school, time spent on the soccer field or cross country ski trails gives Ms. Sessions great joy. She loves living in Davidson with her best canine pal Loki, singing/making music, and trying to be an active member of the Greater Bethel Community.

Nancy Barstow

English Studies Teacher
B.A. University of New Hampshire
M.A.T. University of New Hampshire
Girls’ Junior Varsity Soccer Coach
Rugrats/Maine Adaptive Director


A New Hampshire native and Nordic skier, Ms. Barstow previously taught history at Portsmouth High School and was a Special Education teacher in Durham, New Hampshire. She loves reading and spending time with her husband, Chris, a timber framer, their son, Lucas, and their daughter, Rosie. The Barstows live in Bethel, just off-campus.

Caroline Murphy

English Teacher
B.A., St Lawrence University


Ms. Murphy did a one year teaching internship at the Community School in Ketchum, Idaho. She has been teaching English and coaching soccer and basketball for the past two years at the Rectory School in Connecticut. A native of Massachusetts and an alum of Tabor Academy, she is well versed in boarding school and New England living. Passionate about the outdoors, she enjoys and has led trips in kayaking, backcountry hiking and camping. Caroline will be living in Gehring Hall.

Naomi Kramer

Math Teacher
B.A., Plymouth State University


Ms. Kramer graduated from Plymouth State University this spring and majored in Mathematics with a concentration in secondary education. She was a four-year member of Plymouth State’s Women’s Soccer team and joins Gould’s Girls’ Varsity Soccer coaching staff. She is from Bow, New Hampshire.

Lawrence Leff

French Teacher
Davidson Dorm Head


Born and raised in Montereau, France, Madame Leff is a teacher in the World Languages Department. She has been at Gould for 11 years sharing her passion and love for French language and culture in teaching beginner and intermediate levels of French. For the past 10 years, she has been Head of Davidson Dormitory where she lives with her husband, Adam, and their dog, Wexy. Outside of the classroom, most of Madame’s time is spent in the dormitory where she acts as a great resource for support and encouragement for the students living in her dorm. Madame Leff has two children, Alexandra ’15 and Schuyler ’17 who share in her family’s passion for all things French.