Entering into her fourth season at the helm, Shelton High coach Kat\u00a0Ciambriello\u00a0has witnessed progress throughout the years and is looking for that to continue as the 2019 campaign gets underway. The best way to make fast strides, of course, is with speed and the Gaelettes will look to utilize their quickness. Defense, too, stands to be a strength and with stops, Shelton\u00a0will look to tap\u00a0into its\u00a0speed to capitalize in transition. \u201cThis is definitely the fastest we\u2019ve been, and this also should also be defensively our strongest,\u201d Ciambriello said. \u201cWe want more quickness in transition and to be ready to work together on offense.\u201d Offseason work showed in the preseason. \u201cThey\u2019ve been conditioning throughout the year,\u201d\u00a0Ciambriello said. \u201cWe\u2019re super-excited, a lot of good vibes. A lot of positive stuff and everybody\u2019s on the same page.\u00a0As a team, we are motivating and reminding each other to work hard, work together and work through competitive challenges.\u201d The Gaelettes, who posted a 7-9 record to get into the Class L state playoffs, lost four players \u2013 including a trio of captains \u2013 to graduation. They\u00a0have plenty of talent back in the fold. Senior captains are midfielder Jess Perley, defender Zoe Hunt and goaltender Nickey Frese. Other key players back in the mix are midfielders Catie Lindberg and Mia Camerino, defender Amanda\u00a0Schafenberg, and attack players\u00a0Bri\u00a0Carritini\u00a0and Gigi\u00a0Gambodian. Last spring, the No. 20\u00a0seeded\u00a0Gaelettes\u00a0traveled to No. 13 Norwich Free Academy and posted a 23-12 win in the qualifying round to earn a matchup with No. 4 Wilton. The season ended with a first-round defeat\u00a0o the Warriors, and the goal this time around is to bypass the play-in game. That will require a better regular-season record, and Ciambriello believes her team is up to the task. \u201cWe\u2019re trying to make a new name for ourselves,\u201d she said. Games with Sacred Heart Academy, which the\u00a0Gaelettes\u00a0split against in a pair of meetings last\u00a0year, along with Jonathan Law, Branford and Trumbull\u00a0are among the\u00a0most\u00a0interesting and challenging matchups to circle on the schedule. The season begins Wednesday, April. 3, when Branford visits Finn Stadium at 7 p.m. Shot selection and execution may be a difference-maker. \u201cWe need to improve on the shots taken and goals scored. The shots we take need to go in,\u201d Ciambriello\u00a0said.