Eighth grade girls thrived throughout the season

This year the girls soccer team played really well. They tried hard in games and learned so much in practices.

Their first home match was against ACS Hillingdon on September 22, and they tied 2-2, as the opposing team scored in the last minute. Frustrating as it was, the players were pleased with their performance.

The team immediately began to work on communication and positioning for their next game. Then, they played Hillingdon away on September 29 and tied once again with a competitive score of 1-1.

Cassidy May gets ready to play a ball to Leighton Van Wagner as Louisa Linkas watches. The eighth grade girls went on to win the game 5-2 against Cobham at Canons Park on October 13 (Photo by Liz Merryweather).

Ms. Laura Brucker, the coach, explained that one of the team’s struggles at first was relaxing and letting their guard down as soon as they were ahead. This is one of the reasons why they never defeated Hillingdon. Player Jasmin Taylor said, “Our first game was the most challenging because we weren’t expecting the team to be at the level that they were.”

This cohesive team then surged to victory while playing ACS Cobham at Canon’s Park on October 13, scoring an impressive five goals and defeating Cobham by three.

Their fourth game was against Marymount at home on October 20, and they impressively won 6-0. The offense was crashing the goal, and Marymount just couldn’t get past the supreme Eagle defenders. Then, they defeated Cobham with an astounding score of 7-3 on October 25. Coach Brucker said, “I’m most proud of the way the players have come together as a team and utilized their communication skills to deliver some awesome wins.”

Jasmine Taylor and Isabelle Laxer both agreed that the team’s biggest improvement has been learning to communicate effectively as well. Although there has been a great deal of singing and dancing, every player has put a tremendous amount of effort in to help the team succeed, and hopefully, the girls will continue to improve both together and individually.

About Liz Merryweather ('21)

Sports Editor (2016-2017)

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