By Darren Battle
In the midst of struggling teams this fall, one team did something very shocking, The girls soccer team defied doubts and made it to the state tournament. Many people in the beginning of September called this a rebuilding season with the addition of a new coach and freshman taking on big roles. However this season the girls took a turn into the right direction and made the mouths of doubters completely shut.
The girls soccer team struggled last year and people went in judging this year’s team based on the past. Chloe Ortolano (‘19) proclaimed that the doubt was huge at the beginning of the season! “I don't think anyone believed in us because last year we only won two games and our coach told us everyone was taking us as a joke.” The season should have been taken more seriously with the addition of the new freshman that came in. The freshman players added better footwork/ball handling, and more hustle, speed, and defense Anna Bean (‘18), voiced “The addition of the Freshman girls has improved the season from last year because they add better control in the midfield and make shots go in faster, and are aggressive when clearing the ball.” The freshman this year have made huge positive contributions and have not struggled with the faster pace of high school.
The next step is is to go as a far as possible in states, to complete that Sophia Tarasidis (‘19) stated that it starts in practice. “For states we need to have harder practices, we have to not give up and put it all in and work harder as we get closer in states.” With the mindset of Sophia that's what made these talented girls make states. It was not one player or even one grade that helped enable them to win more, it was the effort from top to bottom that pushed these girls to the extent. With the leadership, drive & talent throughout, Something just does not make sense …. How were they even doubted in the first place?
Darren’s Gameplan Analysis:
With november 7th fast approaching , the girls need to make sure they go in with intensity. They are a very tough intensified team who have a wide range of scorers. There have been 9 different scorers, Scoring is not a problem. The girls have had 7 games where they have scored 3 or more goals. Defense needs to step it up a bit, there has been 7 games where 3 or more goals has been scored against, with a range of talented defensive players it's possible for the defense to improve, and they are capable of playing good defense, In 9 games they had less than 3 goals scored against them. The game plan should be on go out there at a fast pace and attack with intensity while on offense. Defense should do whatever it takes to takeover because the state game will be won on how the defense will play.