By Brigid Clifford, Sports Editor
This fall the school’s soccer program added a varsity team in addition to the pre-existing JV team. Of the 31 soccer players, 18 usually suited up for each varsity game but the lineup changed throughout the season due to some injuries.
The varsity team, which recently ended its season with a record of 4-11, improved their competitiveness significantly since their first game, according to head coach Ken Santos. “In the beginning of the season, I felt like we weren’t that competitive, but [by the end of the season] we [were] in every game, and the games [were] close, good games,” said Santos.
Sophomore Haley Cesario attributed the team’s improvement to better communication on the field. “We started off the season with no communication and played with no words, but as the team progressed during games we began to speak to one another more and more,” Cesario said.
The soccer team’s greatest strengths were its defense and ability to pick up and outsmart opponents. The defense, according to Santos, enabled them to “hold off some very talented teams.”
Both Santos and Cesario agree that scoring and keeping a lead is the team’s weakness; however, both are confident that with more experience, they will improve on this aspect of the game. “I am expecting to continue to be competitive and to learn to win,” said Santos. In the end, his team proved they had learned to win by narrowly defeating Ranney School in the last game of the season on Oct. 26 by a score of 3-2, avenging an earlier loss to Ranney on Oct. 1.
The JV team faced the challenge of having few subs to give the starters a rest during games. They even played with one less person on the field in a game.
“We pushed through it and tried our hardest in order to prove that we didn’t need [subs],” sophomore Kailin BurnsCohen said.
As their final record of 4-4-1 proves, the JV team managed to find success on the field despite their small roster.